What an interesting exchange on the previous post ! forced me to put this part 2 of that debate.
Lets take a look at the sculpture under question again
The Bana lingam legend, the facial features.
No tail, presence of two ladies on both sides, presence of Vishnu’s attributes ( but this is not a clear case as Cheenu’s rightly pointed out there are instances !)
What other sculptures could it represent
But there is a matcha ( fish) avatar sculpture right next to this sculpture.
We had arguments for this image as well, but the depiction of the eyes and the typical mouth kind of settled the issue.
Compare this macha avatar with the earlier sculpture, both can’t be the same for sure.
Varaha Avatar – Vishnu
The depiction of a spherical ( ok egg shaped) earth is not found in sculptures even upto 200 years after this representation. Take a look again, its too defined a sculpture for an artist to err in the shape ( for the finesse in carving the conch and the discus).
While, its definitely a case in point to the two ladies. We see all the avatars and even Brahma sporting such attendants or consorts.
Now, we come to this interesting sculpture. its Kurma ( Turtle) Avatar
Well definitely not the same – clear from the eyes especially. I tend to side the argument for Hanuman more based on these.
Hey,who is this. Except for the face, everything is Ganesha. But the face …Hmm, lets take a closer look
Stumped you. Well dont rake your brains yet, is this a composite Ganesha combined with Varaha / Hayagreevar ….
No my friends, take a closer look at the top left ( of the sculpture)
Its the broken trunk, with the tip holding his favorite modhakam. Just a case of part of the trunk being broken !! Its our darling Ganesha only.