Sculpture in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)
From Shri Ranganathar and Thayumanavar Rockfort temples in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli).
Left to right,
Some “erotics”, Vishnu taking care of an elephant, a detailed dancer (in other narrative carvings, some naked women are shown embarrassed when Vishnu appears holding their stolen clothing up in a tree beside them)
Two examples of Dravidian (ancient South Indian style) hybrid animal depictions containing parts of lions, elephants, cows, sometimes even crocodiles (cf. next post)
A sculpture that my guide probably shows to every European, who subsequently shows their friends – the Portuguese helping to defeat a Muslim army in the 16th century (notice the stabbing)
Vishnu’s yet to appear tenth incarnation, it is predicted to have a horse’s face and will appear with the end of the world, much like the mounts of its Christian apocalyptic counterparts
A detailed poised lion sculpture leading to Rockfort temple