The beauteous Devi Uma stands upon the pistil of an upturned lotus bloom. The lotus immediately beneath Her feet rests on a two-tiered plinth engraved with lotus petals. The long legs of the Devi are clad in a dhoti girdled at the curve of the hips. Under its realistic silken folds lies an irresistible musculature, sculpted with a superb degree of skill and shraddha on the part of the artisan.
Wife of Shiva, queen of paraloka, Uma is the quintessential deviroopa. Behind the exterior of otherworldly beauty, She is made of equal parts compassion and equal parts invincibility. The standing murti of Her that you see on this page has been handpicked for a form and stance conveyed superbly in the medium of the panchaloha (mix of five iron-based alloys), unique to the South in general and Swamimalai in particular.
This standing Uma murti is a fine contemporary reproduction of the traditional South Indian bronze. Tall crown that sets off a handsome facial set; long, slender body punctuated with the curves of fecundity. She raises an arm to Her chest, as if holding a lotus betwixt those delicately shaped fingers, the unmistakable mudra of the hands of Uma.
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