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This is a section of the south wall of the mandapa that displays just a portion of the elaborate sculpture decorating the exterior. The centrepiece features Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation, as Vishnu Trivikrama, i.e. of the three steps. The nasty demon-king Bali was threatening all of the gods such that the task of reclaiming the universe was assigned to our hero. He expanded his stature from that of a dwarf (vamana) to a giant, such that he was able to take those three giant steps that included the earth, atmosphere, and heaven. In the panel, the sculptor shows him with left leg kicked straight up and almost vertical touching the outstretched hand that points to heaven. Makaras with riders and foliated tails are carved in shallow relief above. The windows on either side employ designs based on fanciful foliage (right) and entwined knots (left). At rooftop, a lion overlooks it all!

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-11-10
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-11-14 4:06
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