Sitting in deep meditation on a tiger skin, Shiva is seen here with most
attributes associated with him. Prominently seen around his upper body are
snakes, slithering down his body, reflecting his absolute renunciation, his
refusal to react or respond to any threat or temptation. Like a typical
sanyasi, Shiva carries a kamandalu, a water pot, for his rituals and
ablutions; and a rosary to assist his concentration. While meditating, Shiva sits
cross - legged, resting his arm on the yoga-danda. A crescent moon adorns
his hair, out of which flows a steady stream of Ganga. Strings of rudraksha
beads hang on his neck and wrists.
Next to the meditating figure stands his trishula and damaru. The three
prongs of the trident are said to represent the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu
and Maheshvara. The drum is emblematic of the pristine rhythm of cosmic
creation and dissolution. Together with all these attributes calmly sits
Shiva, with a smile on his lips.
This description by Renu Rana.
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