(Last Updated on : 25/04/2012)
Jambulingeswara Temple has a garbhagriha
or the innermost chamber where the principle deity is placed. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the presence of a stone linga in the sanctum sanctorum further affirms this. The superstructure that rises above the sanctum has a curvilinear profile rising in three diminishing stages. The kalasa and amalaka are missing though. A sukanasa projects out from the shikhara and is decorated with the well sculpted images of Lord Shiva
, Goddess Parvati
. They are seen to be offered anjali by the nagas.
The 'sakhas' are recurring motifs in the sculpture of Jambulingeswara Temple. The entrance of the madapa has been decorated with three sakhas or bands. Purnakumbhas have been placed on both the sides of the stambha-sakhas or pilasters below their capitals. Below this a frieze of swans runs around the cornice. The nooks in the walls of the sanctorum are called devakoshtha. These have been profusely decorated with the sculpture of the deities. Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Surya are some of the prominent figures on these walls.
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