Somanathapura Keshava Temple: A view of the north garbhagriha exterior

Exterior view of the north garbhagriha of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Kranataka, India

A view of the north garbhagriha exterior

North garbhagriha exterior
The image shows the outer wall surrounding the north garbhagriha (inner sanctum) and the shikara (also known as the vimana) of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple located 25 miles southeast of Mysore in Karnataka, India. As you can see, the wall and the vimana are intricately carved with sculptural reliefs.

The circular outer wall has three sections:
1. Base – Six bands of continuously carved friezes
2. Middle – Sculptural reliefs. It appears as though each sculpture is within a shrine.
3. Top – Decorative carvings just below the eaves. typically craved like the tower of a shrine

The vimana is a conical-shaped tower with multiple levels of densely carved reliefs.

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