21.04.2010 / last updated: 25.11.2010
The Vamana temple
The temple dedicated to the Vamana incarnation of Vishnu (5th incarnation) consisting on plan of a Saptartha sanctum, vestibule, Mahamandapa with lateral transepts and an entrance porch. The sanctum is Niradhara and enshrines an image of four armed Vamana flanked by Chakrapurusha on the left and Sankhapurusha on the right. Over the Mahamandapa, a peculiar roof known as Samvarana which is characteristic of the medieval temples of western india, is shown. The doorway of the sanctum has seven bands decorated with stencilled scrolls, dancing Ganas, Mithuna, lotus petals and wavy scrolls terminating in a figure of Naga Ganga and Yamuna standing in Tribhanga, flanked by female attendant on one side carrying a full base of garland and the other is flanked by a door keeper, the Lintel contains a four armed Standing-Vishnu and the niche sculpures include Brahma and Shiva. The outer walls of the temple has two bands of sculptures which include graceful figures of Sura-Sundaries (heavenly nymphs). The sculptures of Varaha, Narasimha and Vamana (3th, 4th and 5th incarnation of Vishnu) adorn the niches of the sanctum. On the basis of the sculptural and architectural style, the temple is assignable to circa 1050-1075 AD.
[source: archaeological survey of india]