carvings recovered from this temple bear some very suggestive panels. Among many other
panels on the west gateway of the temple is seen a small householder doing his daily
worship, while his wife is engaged in suckling her child. This mother and
child portrait is not only lively and natural, but also of singular beauty.
On another frieze are observed two other carvings: one shows a woman
worshipper kneeling and pouring water from a spouted vessel into the mouth of an animal,
and the other represents a conch blower in profile with an usnisa on the head and a conch
held to his mouth, the cheeks bulging out as in the act of blowing the conch.
Of the dancing figures mention may be made of a sculpture with
a male figure. It is executed with geometrical precision, gracefully portraying the curve
of the body, The head is inclined to wards the right shoulder, the left hand is moved
round the head so as to touch the fingers of the right hand, the arm of which is stretched
upwards in a straight line. In spite of the mutilated face, 1he figure seems remarkable
for the elegance of the pose.
Among other sculptures mention may be made of the dancing
Ganesha and the Chamunda. Ganesha has four arms and is dancing on his rat, which looks up
to the god. The figure of the Chamunda is fearful, with protruding teeth, long tongue,
erect hair, emaciated body, shrunken eyes, and withered belly. Her pedestal is carved with
ghosts, riding on whose shoulders she roams over the earth. She holds a trident in one
hand, and a skull or a cup in the other. Her whole aspect is terrific in the extreme