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Somanathapura Keshava Temple: 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 carvings of Surya with standard iconography depict him as a man with a lotus flower in each hand.

As you can see from the image, Surya’s face is round, and each of his hands holds a lotus flower. 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. At the bottom are his consorts Saranyu and Chhaya, who are twin sisters.

Surya Related Pages
Statue of Surya standing in the Nandi Temple in the Prambanan Temple complex located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Surya bas-relief carved into the ceiling of the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal, Karnataka, India
Statue of Surya standing in the shrine behind the Nandi Mantapa situated inside the Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple complex in Karnataka, India

Related Pages
Hoysala Temples:
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
Vijayanagara Temples:
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals
Angkor Wat Temples:
Angkor Wat Temple, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia

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