feminine and masculine energies are often represented as opposite as well as
integral to each other’s roles. Shiv and Shakti, the Adi deva Shiv and his wife
Parvati embody the Purush and Prakriti, male and female, destruction and
creation, the two elements engrained in the fibre of the entire human
images in trying to visually replicate the inseparability of the two elements,
show Shiv and Parvati infused with each other, in the form of Ardhanarishwara.
In this brass statue, the divine Ardhanarishwara is in the posture of dance, an
activity signifying the intermingling of male and female potencies, resulting
in the production of life. On the left side of this brass, the figure is
goddess Parvati, with one rounded breast, a fine dhoti, and a lotus in her
hand. Shiva on the right can be identified by the snake and damaru. Both the
lotus bud and damaru are hints at the origin of the universe, a process that
unfolds when Shiva and Shakti fuse.
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