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 http://przmm.blogspot.in/2012/04/temples-extra-ordinary-our-visit-to.html 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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prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-23 12:24
very nice old age stone made sculpture...like the textured decayed stone made beautiful work with nice play of warm light...
but it needs more sharpness.
Angshu (53665) 2012-04-04 1:38
Nice picture even though its a pretty straight one! I think it would be better to have the viewers first get a feel of the look of the Vaital temple & then post details of sculpture, maybe as workshops. Without a context, as a viewer who has never heard or seen this beautiful temple, its difficult to comprehend the temple archtecture & straucture to put this picture in the right context