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Souvenir of Karnatak –  (Mysore  Album 2007)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – Supreme god; Maha Vishnu with seven headed mythical cobra)

Chennakesava Temple also known as Keshava Temple (Keshave – Name for supreme god Vishnu) located at Kaveri River bank in Somanathapura – Mysore, Karnatak , India . According to the inscriptions this Hindu temple was built by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of Hoysala kind Narasimha III in 1258 BC and it is consider as Vaishnavsium tradition temple which is dedicated to god Vishnu. This temple design has three main components; outer walls with pillars, courtyard in the middle and Middle/ inner shrine with Grabs Griha. The main shrine (middle shrine) was constructed on a star shaped stone platform. The outer and  inner   walls, pillars and ceiling of the middle shrine were decorated with murals and carvings depicted Bhagawath Purana, epic stories of Ramayana and Mahabharatha, different forms (avatar) of  Vishnu, various divine figures, mythical creatures  and also carvings with sexual postures and themes,  Veda text, inscriptions ect. This magnificent Hindu temple considered as one of the most significant temple which depict Hoysala tradition and excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala artisans. Historian and experts says that the Hoysalas architecture tradition consist with elements of both Dravidian and Chalukya architecture traditions.  Indeed, Keshava Temple is a wonderful combination of different architectural traditions and also it is a combination of sacred  and secular world.

(carvings  at outer wall of middle/main shrine –  middle panel with ten avatar (forms)of  Supreme god; Vishnu with his consort Lakshm and  Garuda carrying Vishnu and Lakshmi and  Indra riding  on an elephant with his consort)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel – Supreme god; Maha Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel )

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine- Suriya – The Sun God)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – Garuda is carrying Vishnu and Lakshmi)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine- Garunda in the left)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – figure of mythical Lion)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel

(carvings  at outer wall of middle/main shrine -The carving depicted various  sexual postures and themes )(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-  the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes )

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes)

(Front view of the middle shrine with the participants and facilitators of the training program.Remembering with great respect our dearly friend and great scholar Dr. Nalin Swaris who was a mentor and one of the most influential person for most of us. Dr. Nalin Swaris is sitting in the second raw third form the left)

(Front view of the shrine on a star shaped platform and a few participants of the training program)

(outer shrine wall and courtyard) (Inner and outer – a view form  the  Front door of the main shrine )

Souvenir of Karnatak (Mysore  Album 2007) Images captured in 2007   during the youth training program on contribution of Religions for foster peace – conducted by Fireflies Banglore.

Nikon FM 2 /35- 105 mm | Fuji 100 ASA 35 mm Film

© Waruni Anuruddhika