Somanathapura Keshava Temple: Manmatha, the god of love and desire

Manmatha, the god of love and desire carved on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Manmatha, the god of love and desire

Manmatha, the god of love and desire
The image shows a relief depicting Manmatha, who is known by many names, including Kama and Kamadeva. He is a son of Vishnu and the Hindu god of love and desire. As you can see from the image, Manmatha is holding a sugarcane bow (partly broken) with his left hand and the floral arrows with his right hand.

On the base of this relief is the signature of the sculptor Mallithamma, written in the old Kannada script.

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