With reference to the cultural history of India, the term ‘Panchayatan’ refers to(2014)
a) an assembly of village elders
b) a religious sect
c) a style of temple construction
d) an administrative functionary
Answer : C
Panchayatan is a style of temple construction that has a central shrine surrounded by four other shrines. It has a main shrine which is surrounded by four subsidiary shrines. The origin of the name are the Sanskrit words Pancha which means five and ayatana means containing.