Sculptures in temples in Kumbakonam: photo 173
Photo 173 of 640 in Gallery: Sculptures in temples in Kumbakonam
Image title: Figure 172. Dasis.
This pillar consists of three different sculptures. At the top are the sculptures of Varaha Avatara, Kurma Avatara and Matsya Avatara. Below that is a figure of Anjaneya which is slightly damaged. Below that is the figures of two Dasis who are holding different musical instruments in their hands. They seem to be holding musical instrument like the modern day Lezim. One girl has both the hands raised up holding objects where as the other girl is having her right hand in Lata and her other hand is raised holding an object. Their Urah [uras] is in Udvahita.
Kumbakonam is considered as one of the holiest places in Tamil Nadu and is known for its temples and Mathas (monasteries which were centres of Brahmanical learning). These photographs depict the connection between the sculptures in the temples and Natya Shastra and related texts dealing with iconography.