amalaka


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a·ma·la·ka

 (ä′mə-lə-kə)
n.
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.
1) Nagara shrines which feature the curving sikhara rising to the crowning ribbed (amalaka) finial developed five types, one of which is the Shekhari (multispired) type.