The 6 layered frieze over which the boldly executed sculptures are installed around the outer walls. All are done in soapstone.

The 6 layered frieze over which the boldly executed sculptures are installed around the outer walls. All are done in soapstone.

Basaralu is a small town near  Mandya, Karnataka, India. This is home to the Mallikarjuna temple built in Hoysala architecture style.

Nandi at Mallikarjuna shrine, Basaralu

Nandi at Mallikarjuna shrine, Basaralu

Subrahmaniya on peacock

Subrahmaniya on peacock

Hoysala crest- the hero fighting a lion- at the tower of the Mallikarjuna temple of Basaralu

Hoysala crest- the hero fighting a lion- at the tower of the Mallikarjuna temple of Basaralu

A sub-shrine near the main shrine at Basaralu

A sub-shrine near the main shrine at Basaralu

Boldly executed elephants in the porch to the Mallikarjuna Temple.

Boldly executed elephants in the porch to the Mallikarjuna Temple.

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Gajasurasamhara: Shiva dancing inside the skin of the slain elephant. Note the four legs, tail and the head of the elephant.

Gajasurasamhara: Shiva dancing inside the skin of the slain elephant. Note the four legs, tail and the head of the elephant.

Arjuna aiming at fish at the mast looking at the shadow in the pool beneath (note the trough). A mythical theme from Mahabarata varved on the wall of Mallikarjuna Temple, Basaralu in Mandya

Arjuna aiming at fish at the mast looking at the shadow in the pool beneath (note the trough). A mythical theme from Mahabarata varved on the wall of Mallikarjuna Temple, Basaralu in Mandya

 

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