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Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Nātya Sundari – Madanike with a traditional dancing stance


Nātya Sundari – Madanike with a traditional dancing stance
As you can see from the image, this shilābālike is elegantly standing with a dancing pose. Accompanying her are the two male musicians at the bottom, both playing the dolu, a two-sided drum-like musical instrument.

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 figure is attached to an inclined bracket placed just below the eaves, with its base mounted on a pillar slightly below its capital.

Check the Navaraga Layout page for the location of the bracket figures. Referring to this layout, this shilābālike is figure number 24, i.e., mounted on the second pillar from the right on the north entrance.

Read more about this and other shilābālikes at Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Bracket Figures.

Other Shilābālikes
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

Hoysala Temples:
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Badami Chalukya Temples:
Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
Durga Temple at Aihole

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