(Last Updated on : 18/03/2015)
Tripurantakesvara temple is known for its unique sculptures. Tripurantakesvara temple has two parallel shrines facing east, built over an indented platform. The shrine has sanctums at west and north with respective vestibules and opens into a large hall. The hall of has a central square platform and massive square based circular pillars. One can see a huge carved couchant bull that is installed towards the extreme end of this Mandapa. The porch of the shrine is lost. The eastern and western walls have Devakoshtas.
The southern shrine has a sanctum, an open vestibule, an open pillared large hall. This hall has two entrances to the east and south with a porch outside. The hall has artistic lathe-turned pillars. The elaborately sculptured doorway jambs are adorned with creeper scrolls. The lintel is adorned with a Gajalakshmi. The door-jamb of the main shrine has on one side Rati and Manmatha and on the other Daksha Bramha with consort. The lintel has an excellent sculpture of Siva as Gajasuramardana flanked by Bramha
, Mahishamardini and other deities.
This temple is known for its sculpture. The temple exterior has a series of panels with stories from Ramayana
and Mithunasastra depicted. Three types of columns can be seen here. One of the four corners of the raised dance platform is visible. The mesh window at the end of this aisle is another important feature. The female and male forms in various dance positions are enclosed in creeper scrolls. Behind this there is a hall where the legendary queen Shantala met king Vishnuvardhana.
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