Garuda and Narasimha on the pediment
Adorning the panel above the door at the main entrance is a beautiful relief of Narasimha, the fourth avatar of Vishnu, carried by his vahana (vehicle), Garuda. Enclosing this panel is a creeper disgorged by the Makaras (mythical dragon-like creatures), sitting atop the pilasters flanking the door. Garuda is also on the roof, flanked by two female figures.
Located 150 miles west of Bangalore in southern India, the Belur Chennakeshava Temple is a magnificent temple dedicated to Vishnu. King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty commissioned the temple in 1167 CE to commemorate his victory over the Cholas at Talakadu. After his death, his successors – Narasimha I and Veera Ballala II – continued the work, and it took 103 years to complete it.
Bracket Figures: Sculptures mounted below the eaves
– 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
– 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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