Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Koravanji – Damaru playing fortune teller

Koravanji, the fortune teller - A shilabalike mounted on a pillar on the exterior wall of the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka

Koravanji – A damaru playing fortune teller

Koravanji – Damaru playing fortune teller
The shilābālike shown in the image is portrayed as a fortune-telling Koravanji.
Note: Koravanjis are female fortune-tellers belonging to a nomadic tribe in Karnataka, India. They beat the damaru and chitike while rhythmically singing the fortune.

As you can see from the image, this beautiful madanike with a perfect body is dancing while playing the damaru with her left hand and chitike with her right hand.

Koravanji is one of the 38 bracket figures mounted on a pillar on the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga (front portion of the temple). Each figure is attached to an inclined bracket placed just below the eaves, with its base mounted on a pillar just below its capital.

Check the Navaraga Layout page for the locations of the bracket figures. Referring to this layout, Koravanji is mounted on the middle pillar of the N3 section and is figure number 33.

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

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

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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