This eye-catching relief, popularly known as Matsya Chakra (Fish Wheel), is carved on a recessed ceiling of the mukhamantapa (verandah) of Cave – 2, the second of the four rock-cut caves carved out of a red sandstone hill near Badami in Karnataka, India.
The Matsya Chakra is a wheel consisting of a hub at the center and 16 spokes of fish enclosed by a rim carved with patterns of flowers and leaves. The hub is a medallion carved with a lotus flower pattern. Surrounding the Matsya Chakra are the two concentric square frames carved with intricate patterns.
Flanking the Matsya Chakra ceiling are the recessed ceilings carved with the maze-like patterns formed by swastikas.
Cave – 2 Related Images
– Facade and Entrance
– Mukhamantapa left wall: Varahavatara
– Mukhamantapa right wall: Vamanavatara
– Mukhamantapa Ceiling: Swastika Maze
– Badami Cave – 1, Badami Cave – 2, Badami Cave – 3, Badami Cave – 4
– Durga Temple at Aihole
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