A decorative niche, having partially visible pillars houses the image of
Vishnu. The artist perhaps did not want the structure to overshadow the
image and so did not hesitate to conceal the dome and the rest of the
pillars. Nevertheless, minute workmanship can be observed. On a
multi-layered pedestal, Vishnu's image stands in all its glory. This is the
sthanaka or the standing image of the Lord.
He is represented as a tall, handsome youth, dressed like an ancient
king. The ornamentation, mainly consisting of the mukuta, the bracelets,
armlets, earrings and the necklaces, is very delicate. His four arms hold
characteristic emblems such as the conch, discus, lotus and mace. The
symbolism of Vishnu's attributes is deeper than what meets the eye. However,
the artist has managed to create a beautifully symbolic image in a similar environ.
This description by Renu Rana.
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