The image shows a sculpture of Venugopala, a form of Krishna portrayed as a divine flute player, carved on the outer wall of the south garbhagriha (inner sanctum). Note: Venu means flute, and Gopala means the protector of cows.
This sculpture is a replica of the Venugopala idol in the south garbhagriha. This sculpture is carved out of Balapada Kallu (soft soapstone), whereas the Venugopala in the grabhagriha is carved out of Krishna Shile (black stone). The quality of craftsmanship of this sculpture is inferior compared to the one in the grabhagriha.
As you can see from the image, Venugopala is standing gracefully with his legs crossed. He has elegantly bent his well-proportioned body to allow him to raise his hands to position the flute (which is partly broken) perfectly at the mouth level.
Clad in a beautiful skirt-like dress, Venugopala is wearing stylish jewelry on different parts of his body. He is wearing bracelets and arm rings on his hands, anklets on his legs, a beautiful necklace around his neck, and an udiyana (waist chain) around his waist.
Hanging across his chest from the left shoulder to the waist is a looped thread, known as Yajnopavita, a symbol common to carvings of Hindu gods and deities. It indicates that the person wearing it has mastered the Vedas and has to undergo a ritual (i.e., Upanayana ) before that person starts wearing it.
– Venugopala – A life-size statue standing in the south garbhagriha
– Venugopala – A sculptural relief carved on the outer wall of the south garbhagriha
– Venugopala – A bracket figure mounted just below the eaves of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
– Somanathapura Keshava Temple
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
– Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
Badami Chalukya Temples:
– Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
– Durga Temple at Aihole
– Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals
Angkor Wat Temples:
– Angkor Wat Temple, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia
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