Aihole Durga Temple: Dvārabandha – Entrance to the sabhamantapa

Entrance to the sabhamantapa of the Durga Temple at Aihole in Karnataka, India

Entrance to the sabhamantapa

Entrance to the sabhamantapa
The facade of the entrance to the sabhamantapa (congregation hall) is ornate with an ensemble of decorations. At the center is the door that opens int to the main hall and leads to the garbhagriha (inner sanctum). Carved into the lintel is a beautiful relief depicting an imposing figure of Garuda, an eagle-like bird used by Vishnu as his vehicle, clasping nagas (nagas) with human heads. Surrounding the door frame are the intricately carved pilasters and vertical stone beams. Carved into the beams on the outer edge is a series of beautiful female figures, likely depicting apsaras.

The stone pediment above the lintel consists of gods and demigods in the niches separated by geometrical patterns.

Durga Temple Images
Exterior: Front view, Rear view, West side view
Mukhamantapa: Exterior, Interior, Ornate pillar, Mithuna Shilpa, Vidyadhara couple, Romantic couple, Coiled Nagaraja, Matsya Chakra
Interior: Dvārabandha, Sabhamantapa, Garbhagriha
Pradakshina Patha: West facing view, East facing view,
Devakoshtas: Shiva with his vehicle Nandi, Narasimhavatara, Vishnu riding Garuda, Varahavatara, Durga as Mahishasuramardini, Harihara
Jālandharas: Swastika and lotus flower patterns, Rhombus-shaped perforations, Dharmachakra – 8 spokes, Dharmachakra – 12 spokes, Square perforations

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Durga Temple at Aihole
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Hoysala Temples
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
Somanathapura Keshava Temple

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