Like in Hampi, in the Someshwara temple too, she is depicted like a shalabhanjika or latasundari, a ‘creeper-beauty.’ The goddess stands stylishly on a custom-made footrest lashed onto a makara, her right leg bent outward and crossing over the weight-bearing left leg.

She wears a short dhoti-like lower garment, a tasseled breastband and displays a full complement of gem-studded jewelry. Her hair is contained in a raised chignon that frames her head, decorated with an ornamental double band.

With her right arm, the Latasundari embraces a sinuous creeper that emerges from the makara's gaping maw, the vine being a metaphor for her slender grace.

The creeper branches above her head, one branch bursting into a floral wreath that curves downwards to tangle with her left arm, the other surging upwards into an extravaganza of branched arabesques.

The Halasuru Latasundari recapitulates both her female ancestors − the ancient yakshi of Bharhut who clutched a tree branch and kicked its trunk to make it flower and the makara-borne Ganga Devi who guarded the doorway of the Gupta temple a millennium before her creation.

The Latasundari of Halasuru

Most Vijayanagara Gopuras have two Latasundaris flanking the inner wall surface, welcoming visitors as they pass through.