The right hands hold the following : Trident (trishul), damaru (
tabor-drum); a skull-cup with a lock of hair; sword, and finally a live
The left hands hold: a staff tipped with a skull; conch; a red banner; a
flamed torch, and lastly a shield.
The upper part of Shiva's body is nearly bare, being only partially draped
in an elephant skin, the head of which can be seen on his left shoulder. The
lower torso is clothed in a tiger skin, the paws of which slain animal are
visible just under the crossed legs of Shiva.
From his awesome ensemble of heads flows the Ganges, and also hang down
locks flowing across his chest like venomous snakes. The hair on his chest
too seems vibrant like an army of ants. A black serpent placed on the neck
compliments the necklace containing a serpentine amulet, in addition he
wears a garland of ketaki flowers and another one composed of severed human
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