Somanathapura Keshava Temple: Surya, the Sun God

Surya, the sun god, carved into the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Surya, the Sun God

Surya, the Sun God
Mounted on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple, this beautifully carved sculptural relief likely depicts Surya, i.e., the sun, as a god. Note that the standard iconography of Surya in Indian mythology depicts him with a lotus flower in each hand.

As you can see from the image, Surya is holding a lotus flower in each hand (notice the top part of the flower in his left hand is missing). At the bottom are his consorts Saranyu and Chhaya, who are twin sisters.

Surya Related Pages
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