Shiva as Lord of Dance
- Subject: Indian Religious Miniature Painting
- Paint Material: Opaque Watercolors
- Base Material: Silk (unframed)
- Size: 8 in. wide and 11 in. tall (20 cms X 28 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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Presenting a rare painting of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. Shiva which means "The Auspicious One", is also known as Mahadeva ("Great God"), and is one of the main deities of Hinduism.
Lord Shiva represents the aspect of the Supreme Being (Brahman of the Upanishads) that continuously dissolves to recreate in the cyclic process of creation, preservation, dissolution and recreation of the universe. Lord Shiva is the third member of the Hindu Trinity, the other two being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
This artwork captures the energy of Shiva's dance. The god holds in his upper right hand the damaru (hand drum that made the first sounds of creation). His upper left hand holds agni (the fire that will destroy the universe). With his lower right hand, he makes abhayamudra (the gesture that allays fear). Shiva's front left hand, pointing to his raised left foot, signifies refuge for the troubled soul. The symbols imply that, through belief in Shiva, his devotees can achieve salvation.
I worship the fragrant three-eyed God, Lord Shiva, who nourishes all beings. May he liberate us from death for the sake of immortality, as easily as one separates a cucumber from its stalk.
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