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Somanathapura Keshava Temple: Lotus bud surrounded by an endless knot


Lotus bud surrounded by endless knot on the ceiling
The ceiling of the Navaranga has 16 finely-carved rectangular sections, i.e., nine sectors in the sabhamantapa (congregation hall), and seven sectors in the mukhamantapa (porch). The theme of the carvings is different phases of a blooming lotus bud.

As you can see from the image, the ceiling is recessed with a oval-shaped niche and is carved with mesmerizing circular patterns at different levels of the niche. At the center is a beautifully carved lotus bud surrounded by an endless knot, which in turn is enclosed by oval-shaped carving.

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