Goddess Parvati as Brahmacharini, with Shivalinga and Ganesh

Goddess Parvati as Brahmacharini, with Shivalinga and Ganesh

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Goddess Parvati, a form of Maa Durga and the reincarnation of Sati, Shiva’s first wife, is hailed in Hindu tradition as the ideal of firmness in thought and action, loyalty, and divine love towards her husband. Upon discovering Shiva’s ascetic vows, the daughter of Himalaya Parvati performed severe austerities for several thousand years. The path she chose was that of Brahma- the primordial wisdom, hence she came to be known as Brahmacharini- one who follows the path of Brahma. 

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Item Code: ZC75
White Marble Sculpture
15.00 inch Height X 7.00 inch Width x 2.60 inch Depth
3.50 kg

This magnificent white marble murti of Parvati as Brahmacharini shows the goddess with an enchanting visage, clad in a beautiful orange saree, a color associated with sages and purity of wisdom. She wears gold ornaments studded with precious jewels, a regal crown behind which is a deific blue aura. While usually shown with just two hands, this particular statue depicts a four-armed goddess, emphasizing her divine status. In her primary hands, Brahmacharini holds a rosary and a Kamandalu (water pot) - both attributes associated with Tapasya (asceticism). Her other two hands have two lotuses serving as the seats for a shiva linga (on her right) and a small image appearing like Ganesh (on her left). The presence of her husband and child in a form related to the goddess’ unmarried and virgin aspect is an artistic scheme used to tell the story of the greatness of goddess Brahmacharini- how her resolve not only converted Shiva into a householder but also succeeded in bringing a child (Ganesh) in the world, starting a family with a God known for having taken the vow of bachelorhood.

Beneath the splendid image of Maa Parvati, are two crouching tigers on each side, a shrewd reminder from the artist’s side, of her relation to the tiger-mounted goddess, Durga. 

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