Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagallu
Photo credit: Bikash Das
Close-up view of ornate Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagallu(Karnataka)
The decorative plan of the outer walls of the shrines and the mantapa (hall) is of the “new kind”, with two eaves that run around the temple.
According to art historian Gerard Foekema, the wall panel images (one hundred and forty in all), and the reliefs and friezes that abound in this temple have a relaxed quality of workmanship about them, and in no Hoysala temple do these appear more “folkish in character”.
The temple is a Trikuta variety of temple. Any building or temple can be called Trikuta which has three Kuta(s) which can be pyramidal Shikhara or dome. Kutaka is multistorey Pavillion atop Mandapam. C.13th century CE
In the “new kind” of decorative articulation, the first heavy eaves runs below the superstructure and all around the temple with a projection of about half a meter.
In between the two eaves are the miniature decorative towers (Aedicula) on pilasters. Below the second eaves are the wall panel of images of Hindu deities and their attendants in relief. Below this, at the base are the six equal width rectangular moldings (frieze).
Starting from the top, the friezes depict; Hamsa (goose) in the first frieze, Makara in the second, epics and other stories in the third (usually from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and stories of Krishna), scrolls in the fourth, horses and elephants in lower most.
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