Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Manmatha and Rathi on the north-side exterior wall

Manmatha and Rathi carved on the north-side exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Manmatha and Rathi on the north-side exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple

Manmatha and Rathi
The image shows a relief depicting Manmatha and his consort Rathi. Manmatha, who is known by many names, including Kāma and Kāmadeva, is a son of Vishnu and the Hindu god of love and desire. As you can see from the image, Manmatha is holding a sugarcane bow with his left hand and the floral arrows with his right hand.

The relief is carved on a pillar on the north side of the exterior wall surrounding the garbhagriha, the sanctum sanctorum of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India.

Check the Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall for a detailed explanation of the entire outer wall surrounding the garbhagriha and some of the sculptural reliefs mounted on it.

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