Khajuraho : The Monuments - Part V

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The temple is entered through a simple but elegant makara-torana (arch flanked by crocodiles) of two loops. Many of its interior pillars show a good relief of scrollwork suggestive of the Gupta tradition, while the ceilings are boldly carved with designs of cusps and floral cusps.

The sanctum doorway is of seven sakhas (vertical panels, the central one being decorated with various incarnations of Vishnu including the Fish and the Tortoise , the latter represented as the base of the churning of the ocean. The lintel depicts Lakshmi at the center (lalata-bimna) flanked by Brahma and Vishnu and surmounted by two bold sculptured friezes of which one represents the nine planets with a large figure of Rahu.

The jangha (wall) of the sanctum proper is decorated with two rows of sculptures, of which the upper one is carved with interesting scenes from the Krishna legend , including the acceptance of scented paste from Kubja, the subjugation of the serpent Kaliya, the elephant Kuvalayapida and the wrestlers Chanura and Sala and the killing of Putana , the storm-demon , the bull-demon and the cart-demon. Its principal niches represent Vaishnava images of Bhu-varaha , Narasimha and Hayagriva. The sanctum enshrines a three-headed and four-armed image of Vishnu as Vaikuntha with a human central head and the side-heads of boar and lion.

An inscribed slab, dated in 953-54 in the reign of Dhanga which was originally excavated at the bas3e of the temple and which is now fixed in its mandapa passage , says that king Yasovbarman built this splendid mansion of Vishnu enshrining an image of Vaikuntha. As Yasovarman died in circa 954, the temple appears to have been built between 930 and 950 , which fits in well with its architectural and sculptural peculiarities.

The female bracket-figures of the interior constitute masterpieces of medieval art. Among other sculptures a pair of street singers on the south fašade is remarkable for the expression of intense devotional ecstasy. A master architect surrounded by apprentices represented on the east face of the south-eastern shrine also deserves notice.


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