Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Avatars of Vishnu carved into a frieze

Avatars of Vishnu carved into the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Avatars of Vishnu carved into a frieze

Avatars of Vishnu
The frieze shown in the image depicts six of the Dashavataras (ten incarnations) of Vishnu. Here is the list from left to right:

Kurmavatara – Turtle
Matsyavatara – Fish
Mohiniavatara – Mohini, the female seductress
Narasimhavatara – Man – lion
Varahavatara– Wild boar
– Ramavatara – Rama

This frieze is located on the fifth section of the wall from the main entrance and below the jālandhara (perforated screen) that depicts Vishnu reclining on Adisheshaa, the seven-headed king of serpents.

Check the Dashavatara painting from the Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals for a list and descriptions of all the ten avatars of Vishnu.

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art

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