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Temples & Legends of Assam
Index Of Assam Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author's Introduction
Introduction Kamakhya
Asvakranta Vasisthasrama
Umananda Ugra Tara
Sukresvara  The Navagraha
Hajo Dah Parbatiya
Sib Sagar Tamresvari
Sri Surya Ruins The Hatimura Temple
The Satras-I The Satras-II
The Satras-III The Barpeta Satra
Majuli Satra Glossary
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
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Somanatha

TEMPLES IN KAMRUP DISTRICT

The earlier 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 and awe-inspiring.

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