Q. Consider the following statements regarding Ramappa (Rudreswara) Temple:
Temple was built during the reign of Chola dynasty

The foundation of the temple is built using the sandbox technique.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
  • Statement 1 is incorrect: Temple was built during the reign of Kakatiya empire 
  • Statement 2 is correct: The foundation of the temple is built with the “sandbox technique”. The flooring of the temple is granite and the pillars are of basalt. 
  • Sandbox technique involved filling the pit — dug up for laying the foundation — with a mixture of sand-lime, jaggery (for binding), and karakkaya (black myrobalan fruit) before the buildings were constructed on these ‘sandboxes’.This technique acts as a cushion in case of earthquakes. 

Source: The Hindu