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 singing the fortune in a rhythmic fashion.
As you can see from the image, this beautiful madanike with perfect body is performing a dance playing the damaru with her left hand and chitike with her right hand.
Koravanji is one of the 38 bracket figures mounted atop a pillar on the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga (front portion of the temple). Each of these figures is attached to an inclined bracket placed just below the eaves of the temple. The base of the sculpture is mounted on the side of a pillar just below its capital.
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
– Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Hoysala Temple Dedicated to Vishnu
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