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 the 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.

Related Images
Manmatha and Rathi – Carvings on the left and right door jambs of the main entrance door at the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
Manmatha, the god of love and desire – A sculpture on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Manmatha Vijaya – A painting in Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals

Related Pages
Hoysala Temples:
Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
Badami Chalukya Temples:
Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
Durga Temple at Aihole
Vijayanagara Temples:
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals
Angkor Wat Temples:
Angkor Wat Temple, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia

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