Q. 54.5( 4 Votes )

Fig. 7.33 is an illustration of another pillar from the Virupaksha temple. Do you notice any floral motifs? What are the animals shown? Why do you think they are depicted? Describe the human figures shown.


Answer :

Given illustration of the pillar from the Virupaksha temple depicts some floral motifs like the plants bearing beautiful flowers and we also notice animals engraved like horse, duck, etc. It also has bird’s motifs including peacock. These pictures were probably carved out on gateways to attract people. These pictures also act as a representative of the devotional expression, religiousness and love for of art-patronage ruler. These various kinds of animals and birds were associated with different gods and goddesses.

That’s why these pillars were worshipped. In the pillar a god is shown wearing malas and crown. He also has a gadda in his hands which indicated that he must be a destroyer of Rakshashas. In another picture devotee is shown near the ‘Shivlinga’ his method of worship is unique and not applicable in any form.


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