The outer wall of the Venugopalaswamy Sannidhi is a treasure trove of Hoysala-style sculptures.
Amazing baby Krishna in miniature.
Check out the layers of jewellery from top to toe.
Dr Chitra: The Hamsatara or row of hamsas is typical of the Hoysala style. In Halebid there are several such depictions with the hamsas holding pearl necklaces.
A timeless scene from a pastoral South India.
The mother balancing the pot on her head as she reaches for her mischievous child….. tathroopam!
According to Dr Chitra, this style of depicting a woman with creeper in hand is typical of later Vijayanagar style. It is reminiscent of the Ganga and Yamuna statues at the entrance of many temples of that period.
The long maalai worn by Lord Rama, known as the Vyjayanthi, is typical of Hoysala style, says Dr CM.
Note the fingers strumming the intrument. s
The shepherd / cowherd’s protective sheet can still be seen in today’s rural Tamil Nadu.
On the left, the lion shown crouching almost like a monkey is typical feature of later Vijayanagar art, according to Dr Chitra.
Venugopala with Chank and Chakra isnot typical of Tamil style, says Dr Chitra. The two open holes in the flute add to the lifelike feel of the sculpture. The pushpa podhigai is of vazhaippoo.
Vishnu in Garuda Vahanam
Vishnu in ardha padmasana. Lakshmi is mssing from his lap. The right hand is in ahwana hasta; left in varada hasta.
Kalinga Narthanam. Have Garuda and Hanuman exchanged places?