Hoysala Apsara, a Celestial Dancing Goddess

Apsara India Hoysala Belur Halebidu Goddess
Hoysala Apsara

A Hoysala Apsara

 

This Hoysala apsara (अप्सराः)(from South-Central/South-Western India) would have been carved about the same time as those famous apsaras in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.  These were the celestial dancers of Indra’s court, often sent out to seduce individual sages who were becoming too powerful because of their austerities.

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