Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Sculptural reliefs of Vishnu on pillars

Sculptural reliefs of Vishnu carved on the south-side exterior wall surrounding the garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Sculptural reliefs of Vishnu carved on the south-side exterior wall surrounding the garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum)

Reliefs of Vishnu
This section of the wall is flat and oriented along the north-south direction. Vishnu is the theme of sculptural reliefs in this wall. The relief on the rightmost pillar depicts Lakshmi Narayana, i.e., Vishnu sitting with his consort Lakshmi on his lap. Below them is his vehicle Garuda in the kneeling position with folded hands.

The relief to the right of Lakshmi Narayana is Vishnu portrayed with four hands carrying his signature objects, Gada, Chakra Shanks, and Padma. The relief on the pillar next to it depicts Harihara, i.e., Vishnu and Shiva fused as a single entity with Vishnu’s feature on the right part and Shiva’s on the left part. Carved on the Vishnu’s side is his vehicle Garuda, and on the Shiva’s side is his vehicle Nandi the bull.

The rest of the reliefs depict the standard iconography of Vishnu.

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