The image shows a wall in the Sālu Mantapa with a beautifully carved sculpture of a snake goddess, locally known as the Nāga Devaté. As you can see, surrounding the snake goddess are numerous sculptures of nagas (snakes).
The Sālu Mantapa is a gallery located on the northern perimeter of the temple. The pillars and roof of the Sālu Mantapa are part of the original construction, but the sculptures were later added to the wall as part of the restoration in the 20th century.
Before the restoration, the temple courtyard was filled with a treasure trove of objects, including stone sculptures and inscriptions from different periods, which were of great interest to archaeologists. The restoration included categorizing these objects and embedding some of them on the wall.
Bracket figures mounted below the temple eaves
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