Aihole Durga Temple: Garuda subduing nagas

Relief of garuda clasping snakes carved into the lintel of the sabhamanta door in the Durga Temple at Aihole in Karnataka, India

Garuda subduing nagas

Garuda subduing nagas
This intricately carved relief is on the lintel of the door at the entrance to the sabhamantapa (congregation hall) of the Durga Temple located Aihole in Karnataka, India. It depicts Vishnu’s vehicle Garuda, a mythical eagle-like bird with a human-like body with wings, holding nagas (serpents) with human heads. As you can see, there are three nagas on each side with their bodies tightly clasped by Garuda’s hands. Notice the middle naga on the left. He has seven serpent heads, indicating that he is the Nagaraja, the king of serpents.

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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
Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
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Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals

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