Halebidu: Hoysaleswara Temple – Surya, the Sun God

Staue of Surya behind the Nandi Mantapa in the Hoysaleswara Temple complex in Halebidu, Karnataka, India

Staue of Surya behind the Nandi Mantapa

Surya, the Sun God
The image shows a beautifully carved statue of Surya, the sun god, standing in a small shrine behind the Nandi Mantapa (pavilion) located outside the temple and in front of the second garbhagriha (inner sanctum).

Majestically standing on a pedestal is Surya holding a lotus flower in each hand and is accompanied by his consorts Ushas (Goddess of Dawn) and Chhaya (Goddess of Shadow) at the bottom. Below the pedestal is a seven-horse chariot driven by Aruna, Surya’s sarathi (charioteer).

Surya Related Images
Staue of Surya standing in the Nandi Temple in the Prambanan Temple complex located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Surya sculpture mounted on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India
Surya bas-relief carved into the ceiling of the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal, Karnataka, India

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