All photographs are mine. Click on the images for descriptions.
Ananta Basudeba Deula, built in the 13th century by Chandrika Debi, daughter of Anangabhima III. It is the only significant Vaishnava shrine in Bhubaneswar, a city where Shiva reigns supreme.
Indra, Gandhi Garabadu Complex, datable to the 12th or 13th century. He holds a prominent vajra in his right hand, a seldom seen astra. Though heavily eroded, I find the proportions pleasing.
Ananta Narayana, probably 8th century, Bindusagara. This is one of the earliest Odishan images of Vishnu with four ayudhas in his four hands. Sudarsana is a pillar, just like near Jagannatha.
Varaha. 13th-century Ananta Basudeba Temple, Bhubaneswar. One of the finest creations of the Ganga period in my humble opinion; look how supple the curves of his torso are, how intricate the jewelry & chakra are, and the fine curls of hair on his boar-head.
Nrusingha, probably from Ganga period, Bhabani Sankara Complex, Bhubaneswar.
ରଙ୍ଗାପୟର - the word this reminds me of. Varaha's feet sprinkled with coloured abira on Dola Purnima at 13th-century Ananta Basudeba, Bhubaneswar.
With half closed eyes, Shiva is depicted lost in the music and although several centuries have eroded the carving, one can still appreciate the fine hand that the sculptor possessed.
Mother and child, plinth of the 10th-century Sari Deula, Bhubaneswar.
Vajramastaka (ବଜ୍ରମସ୍ତକ) of the Mukteswara Deula, Bhubaneswar. The two beings on both sides of the central motif appear to be Shiva’s ganas. They climb onto the emblem, grabbing chains in their hands and frown at people who want to harm the temple. The vajramastaka is a motif meant to protect the temple; and 1000 years later, we are fortunate to have this marvel intact.