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A vertically grooved, disklike structure crowning the main tower of a Hindu temple in northern Indian temple design.

[Sanskrit āmalakaḥ, fruit of the Indian gooseberry (the structure being so called from its resemblance to the fruit); akin to amalā, Indian gooseberry tree, of unknown origin.]
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An amalaka (amla-shaped finial) crowns the shikhara.
Amalaka Rasayana (3), a classical preparation from the text Charaka Samhita, made from Amalaka (Phyllanthus emblica), Kumkuma kesara (Crocus sativa), Ela (Ellateria cardamomum) has been known to have effects of anti-ageing and is used extensively in Kerala, India.
The report cites the discovery of stone and decorated bricks, mutilated sculpture of a divine couple, and carved architectural members including foliage patterns, amalaka (wheel found on temple roofs), three sculptures of Makar (crocodile associated with Goddess Ganga), vallari (floral motif found on temple gateways), a (used in rituals), lotus medallion, a circular shrine having pranjala (water shute) and fifty pillar bases associated with a massive structure .