Aihole Durga Temple: Garbhagriha (Inner Sanctum)

Garbhagriha of the Durga Temple at Aihole in Karnataka, India


Garbhagriha (Inner Sanctum)
As you can see, there is only a pedestal at the center of the garbhagriha. Because the main idol is missing, experts cannot say for sure to whom the Durga Temple was dedicated. Some historians believe that the temple was dedicated to either Surya, the sun god, or Vishnu.

The rear wall of garbhagriha is circular and part of an apse-like structure built by perfectly fitting stones.

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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Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
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