Badami Cave – 2: Matsya Chakra (Fish Wheel) on the mukhamantapa ceiling

Matsya Chakra - A wheel with fish spokes on the ceiling of Cave - 2 located on a soft sandstone hill near Badami in Karnataka, India.

Matsya Chakra – A wheel with fish spokes

Matsya Chakra
This eye-catching relief, known as Matsya Chakra (Fish Wheel), is carved on the ceiling of the mukhamantapa (verandah) of Cave – 2, the second of the four rock-cut caves located on a red sandstone hill near Badami in Karnataka, India.

The Matsya Chakra is a wheel consisting of a hub at the center and 16 spokes of fish enclosed by a rim carved with patterns of flowers and leaves. The hub is a medallion carved with a lotus flower pattern. Surrounding the Matsya Chakra are the two concentric square frames carved with intricate patterns.

Flanking the Matsya Chakra relief on the left and right sides are the reliefs consisting of swastika patterns.

Cave – 2 Related Images
Facade and Entrance
– Mukhamantapa left wall: Varahavatara
– Mukhamantapa right wall: Vamanavatara
– Mukhamantapa Ceiling: Swastika Maze

Related Pages
Badami
Badami Cave – 1, Badami Cave – 2, Badami Cave – 3, Badami Cave – 4

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