Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Avatars of Vishnu carved on a frieze

Avatars of Vishnu carved on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Avatars of Vishnu carved on a frieze on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple

Avatars of Vishnu
The frieze shown in the image depicts six of the Dashavataras (ten incarnations) of Vishnu. Here is the list from left to right:

Kurmavatara – Turtle
Matsyavatara – Fish
Mohiniavatara – Mohini, the female seductress
Narasimhavatara – Man – lion
Varahavatara– Wild boar
– Ramavatara – Rama

This frieze is located on the fifth section of the wall from the main entrance and below the jalandhra (perforated screen) that depicts Vishnu reclining on Adisheshaa, the seven-headed king of serpents.

Check the Dashavatara painting from the Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals for a list and descriptions of all the ten avatars of Vishnu.

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art

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