Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Narasimha Pillar – A Closeup View

Narasimha Pillar inside Navaranga of the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka, India

Narasimha Pillar – A close up view

Narasimha Pillar
This intricately carved pillar is one of the major attractions of the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka, India.

It is a testament to the ingenuity of the builders and sculptors of the temple. It is believed this pillar had a rotating mechanism – like having ball-bearings at the bottom and top – to enable it to rotate about its own axis.

The entire pillar space is covered with fine filigree work. The base has reliefs depicting episodes, such as Samudra Manthana, Ravana shaking Mount Kailash (see the image), described in ancient Hindu texts and epics. A variety of deities are carved inside and around the miniature shrines.

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

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