Photographer's Note

This wall-relief from Vaital temple, Bhuvaneswar is quite well-known - there are several uploads which can be found in the internet.

This 8th century temple is special for its worship of Chamunda Devi according to 'tantrik' rituals. The construction of this temple is also special - the shape of the top is semi-cylindrical ( khakhara ) and is fitted with three pitchers -kalasa - and known as 'trimundi'.

The top resembles a 'gopuram' of South Indian temples.

The MahishaMardini here has eight hands. She wears two different rings in her two ears, much like the 'habit' of Siva.The 'asura' here is buffalo-shaped.Also, the snake is very special !

Please go through for more photos from Vaital temple.

Note : Re-posted to handle the issue of sharpness. The original is in megabytes - enthusiasts pl contact for larger photos.

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