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Ardhanarishvara

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ardhanarishvara (Sanskrit: , Ardhan r vara), is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati (also known as Devi, Shakti and Uma in this icon). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes.The origin of Ardhanarishvara lies in hermaphrodite figures in ancient Hindu and Greek cultures. The earliest Ardhanarishvara images are dated to the Kushan period, starting from the first century CE. Its iconography evolved and was perfected in the Gupta era. The Puranas and various iconographic treatises write about the mythology and iconography of Ardhanarishvara. While Ardhanarishvara remains a popular iconographic form found in most Shiva temples throughout India, very few temples are dedicated to this deity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 249g
  • Cred Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Aufl.
  • 6138104560
  • 9786138104568