Kartikeya and Tripurasura.
Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner
Medium: Photographic print
Albumen print by Richard Banner Oakeley of sculptures at Halebid in Karnataka. The little town of Halebid is a significant site of Hindu temple architecture. Once it was the capital of the Hoysalas of the Deccan (reigned ca. 1000-1350 AD). Muslim invasions in the 14th century led to its decline. Today it is much visited for its ruins and monuments among which is the Hoysaleswara temple, a twin-shrine dedicated to Shiva. The temple is covered with a profusion of sculpture and this view shows the figure of Kartikeya, the young god of war, on the left, and the figure of Shiva on the right. Kartikeya is the son of Shiva and Parvati. Shiva is seen in his form crushing Tripurasura, the demon of ignorance.