Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Nātya Sundari – Madanike with a traditional dancing stance

Nātya Sundari - Madanike with a traditional dancing stance - A bracket figure mounterd on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Nātya Sundari – Madanike with a traditional dancing stance

Nātya Sundari – Madanike with a traditional dancing stance
As you can see from the image, this shilābālike is elegantly standing with a dancing pose. Accompanying her are the two male musicians at the bottom, both playing the dolu, a two-sided drum-like percussion instrument.

This shilābālike is one of the 38 bracket figures mounted on the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga of the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka, India. Each of these figures is attached to an inclined bracket placed just below the eaves of the temple. The base of the sculpture is mounted on the side of a pillar just below its capital.

This shilābālike is mounted on the second pillar from the right on the north entrance, and she is figure number 24 in the navaranga layout.

Other Shilābālikes
Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhashini, Nātya Sundari, Gāna Sundari, Kesha Sundari, Tribhangi, Nagna Sundari, Kapāla Durga, Koravanji, Nātya Mohini, Betegārthi

Male Bracket Figures
Flute playing male musician
Narthaka – Davane playing male dancer
Davane playing male musician

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Temple Dedicated to Vishnu

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