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.
– 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
– 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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