Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Nātya Mohini – Madanike with a perfect dance pose

Nātya Mohini - Madanike with a perfect dance pose - A bracket figure mounterd on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Nātya Mohini – Madanike with a perfect dance pose

Nātya Mohini – Madanike with a perfect dance pose
This shilābālike is performing a traditional Indian classical dance move. Accompanying her are the three male musicians at the bottom, each playing different instruments. One on the left is likely missing. The musician on the left is playing the dolu, and musicians on the right are playing the tāla and flute.

This is a finely carved bracket figure with amazing precision. It is believed that if you pour water on her right-hand finger on the top, the water droplets will fall on her forehead, nose, left breast, on the left hand, and finally on the left-leg toe. In other words, these are on a straight line.

This shilābālike is one of the 38 bracket figures mounted on the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga of the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka, India. Each of these figures is attached to an inclined bracket placed just below the eaves of the temple. The base of the sculpture is mounted on the side of a pillar just below its capital.

Nātya Mohini is mounted on the second pillar from the left on the north entrance. She is figure number 25 in the navaranga layout.

Shilābālikes – Female Bracket Figures
Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhashini, Nātya Sundari, Gāna Sundari, Kesha Sundari, Tribhangi, Nagna Sundari, Kapāla Durga, Koravanji, Nātya Mohini, Betegārthi

Male Bracket Figures
Flute playing male musician
Narthaka – Davane playing male dancer
Davane playing male musician

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Temple Dedicated to Vishnu

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