Halebidu: Hoysalesvara Temple – Surya, the Sun God

Halebidu Hoysalesvara Temple - Surya Statue behind Nandi

Surya Statue behind Nandi

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

Majestically standing on a pedestal, Surya is 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).

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