Pillars on the northwest side of Navaranga
The image shows pillars on the northwest side of the navaranga, which is the mantapa (main hall) of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India.
As you can see from the image, the pillars are not similar. In fact, none of the 48 pillars inside the navaranga are similar except for the four surrounding the dance floor.
The pillars appear to be precisely-cut and polished using sophisticated machinery, such as modern-day lathes. Although they have a lathe-turned appearance, nobody is sure how they were built. Because of their appearance, they are called lathe-turned pillars.
– 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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