The Gupta period witnessed progress in all spheres: art, architecture, literature, science and technology, metallurgy and philosophy and hence is rightly called the golden period of Ancient history of India.
Five groups of structural temples of Gupta period
|Flat-roofed square temple||Ex: Temple number XVII at Sanchi|
|Flat roof square temple with a second storey (Vimana)||Ex: Parvati temple at Nachna Kuthara|
|Rectangular temple||Ex: Durga temple at Aihole|
|Square temple with a tower (Shikara)||Ex: Deogarh (M.P) and Bhitargaon temples|
|Circular Temple||Ex: Maniyar Math|
The oldest surviving temple in the country is a small, nondescript shrine in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh belonging to the Gupta period.
Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh, Uttar Pradesh