From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dipastambha literally means ‘the lamp-post’.


One of the constituents of a temple complex is the dipastambha or the lamppost. It is situated either in front of the balipīṭha[1] or outside the main gate. The top of this post has a bud-shaped chamber to receive the lamp.

During the days when electricity was not invented, a lamp-post served to give light in the public area to allow free movement.


  1. Balipīṭha is a pedestal of sacrificial offerings.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore