Ardhanarishvara 16" Brass Statue
Dimensions: 16.5 inch Height x 7.25 inch Width x 5.5 inch Depth
Weight: 4.9 kg / 10.0 lbs
Shipping and delivery: 5 - 8 business days
Product description: Ardhanarishvara, one of the most popular iconographic forms of Shiva that symbolizes the male and female principles are inseparable. A composite deity that shows the male-female figure of the Hindu God Shiva together with his consort Parvati. The ancient, famous Ardhanarishvara temple is located in Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India.
Ardhanarishvara is portrayed in a number of bodily postures.The brass statue portrays Ardhanarishvara standing in the abhanga or stanamudra a straight posture, on a lotus pedestal or padma-pitha. The statue depicts the three armed Ardhanarishvara showing the clear separation of Male and Female torso, with respect to Shiva on the right, and Parvathi on the left. There are two arms on the side of Shiva - one arm holds a parashu or axe and the other arm usually shows an abhaya mudra or sometimes the front right palm is facing inwards and rests on Shiva’s Bull (the Nandi). Lord Shiva has the crescent shaped moon on his head, jata(coiled strands of hair), and is seen wearing a yagnopaveetham (sacred thread), and a tiger-skin dhoti which are all iconic attributes of Shiva. The left side of the statue portrays Goddess Parvathi with one arm which usually holds a blue lotus (Nilotpala). Parvathi has a well-rounded bosom, a narrow waist, and a curvier body and hip with clothing draped representing the feminine part of the statue. The torso, hip and pelvis of the statue elaborately emphasizes the anatomical differences between the Male-Shiva, and Female-Parvathi. The brass statue is certainly admirable with the detailed iconic characteristics of Shiva and Parvathi; Ardhanarishvara is one of the beautiful manifestation of Lord Shiva and Parvathi with a profound inner meaning that explains the balance between the male and female energies, and that they are inseparable.
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