Somanathapura Keshava Temple: Surya, the Sun God

Surya, the sun god, carved on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Surya, the Sun God

Surya, the Sun God
This beautifully carved sculptural relief likely depicts Surya, i.e., the sun, as a god. Note that the standard iconography of Surya in Indian mythology depicts him with lotus flowers in his hands.

As you can see from the image, Surya is holding lotus flowers, each with a hand (notice the top part of the flower in his left hand is missing). At the bottom are his consorts Saranyu and Chhaya, who are twin sisters.

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