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 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.

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

Related Pages
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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