well-known poetic work of Mahakavi Kalidas, the householder, romantic, sensual
side of an otherwise ascetic Lord Shiva and Parvati is described exquisitely.
Kumarsambhavam, literally the birth of Kumara (Lord Kartikeya) is a text
infused with Sringar Ras (Ras meaning flavour), filled with eroticism, love, and
This marvellously crafted Shiva-Parvati brass murti in romantic postures is a visual depiction of the divine union mentioned in Kalidas’s controversial poetry. Seated on a tree trunk, Shiva’s left leg rests on the trunk while his right leg is slightly folded. Lord of Nagas, Nageswara is wearing ornaments of snakes in this brass idol. His locks of hair are knotted in a high rising jata which is decorated with a rosary of Rudraksha. Since the destroyer god is busy with his beloved Parvati, his ayudha, the trident, rests against his body. Parvati is seated on Shiva’s left leg, her left hand placed on Shiva’s lap while her right hand is raised, which she is about to place on his shoulder. Devi is adorned from head to toe in solah-sringar (16 types of ornaments for a married Hindu woman). In this brass murti, from her nose ring to her heavily decked hairstyle, to the sole of her right feet showing a floral design, Parvati is the embodiment of feminine allure. Shiva gently touches Devi’s chin in an attempt to draw her attention to himself. The artist through minutely carving such elements has succeeded in putting life in metal.
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