There is much architectural diversity in India. For example, temples in the North are less decorated than those in the South. Architecture in Central India is quite different from that in the North and the South. The world-famous Khajuraho temples are constructed with spiral superstructures and are made of sandstone and not from mortar. During the construction, the stones were put together with special joints and held in place by gravity. This form of construction required very precise joints and exceptional construction skills.
Though architectural styles differ according to region, construction styles follows a similar pattern. Hindus emphasize the liberal use of images of gods and goddesses. Secondly, all the Hindu Temples have a chancel-like structure known as vimana, which has the upper pyramid-like tapering portion called the shikhara. The place where the deity rests is known as garbha griha, which literally means "womb house," and is devoid of any light. A pillared hall known as mandapa is where the devotees assembled for prayers.
Earlier, the mandapa was built at a specific distance from the main temple; however, later on both the buildings were made under the same roof. The temples of Khajuraho follow this pattern, wherein each chamber has a separate pyramid-like roof. However, the pyramid-like roof was not a compulsion, as some parts of India followed a different format.