Somanathapura Keshava Temple: Garuda carrying Lakshminarayana

Garuda carrying Lakshminarayana mounted on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Garuda carrying Lakshminarayana

Garuda carrying Lakshminarayana
The image shows a beautifully carved sculptural relief depicting Vishnu’s vehicle Garuda carrying Lakshminarayana, a form of Vishnu shown with his consort Lakshmi. It is mounted on the outer wall surrounding the southern garbagriha of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple located 24 miles east of Mysore in Karnataka, India.

Vishnu’s vehicle Garuda is a mythical eagle-like bird. As you can see from the image, Garuda has a human-like body with a bird-like face. Elegantly dressed garuda is wearing fine jewelry all over his body and an intricately carved mukuta (crown) on his head. He is carrying a smaller version of Lakshminarayana with his left hand.

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