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Varaha, Boar Reincarnation of Vishu, 8th-9th century Central India, Medieval Period, 8th-9th century

Vahara, Boar Incarnation of Vishnu Central India, Medieval Period, century Sandstone

Shiva as Vamana (the corpulent dwarf). An image unlike most Shiva images. His 'jata-mukuta' is set on right side unlike the usual depiction of Shiva where the 'jata-mukuta', a central knot. His face indicates a jovial mood.   From Mansar, Nagpur, 5th century CE, Vakataka period.

Shiva as Vamana (the corpulent dwarf). An image unlike most Shiva images.

La Diosa Durga-siglos 14 al 15-Nepal. Esta es una de las mejores representaciones de la diosa Durga nepalí conocidas. Los dieciocho brazos armados de la diosa hindú Durga, una de las caracterizaciones de la gran diosa Devi, quedan representados en el acto de matar al demonio Mahisha. Después de que los dioses habían sido derrotados por el todo poderoso Mahisha, crearon a Druga para utilizarla como defensora y le entregaron sus armas...

The Goddess Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo-Demon Mahisha (Mahishasuramardini), century Nepal Gilt copper alloy, inlaid with semiprecious stones 8 in.

Lord Garuda, the sacred steed of Vishnu, greets devotees at the portals of the temple.

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The Chennakesava Temple complex, Belur. Lord Garuda, the sacred steed of Vishnu, greets devotees at the portals of the temple. Courtesy: Ananth V Rao

Cosmic Form of Eighteen-Armed Vishnu  India. 11th century Sandstone 2001.1.4 Ester R  This highly unusual form of Vishnu in cosmic manifestation shows his supremacy through delicate architectural relief. Like the Durga sculpture, he stands in the three-fold (tribhanga) pose of gracefulness, with two worshippers in the honorific (namaskara) pose at his feet.

This eleventh-century sandstone sculpture from India depicts the Hindu god Vishnu in his cosmic form.

Ravana Shaking Mount Kailasa, 700s. Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Chandela Dynasty, 8th century,sandstone. In one episode of Shiva's mythology, he presses down his big toe to quell the ten-armed demon Ravana, who tried to steal Mount Kailasa and take it away to his island. As Ravana was trying to shake the mountain loose, Parvati turned and clung to Shiva in fear-the moment depicted in this magnificent sculpture, which once formed part of a temple exterior.

Ravana Shaking Mount Kailasa, 700s. Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Chandela Dynasty, 8th century,sandstone. In one episode of Shiva's mythology, he presses down his big toe to quell the ten-armed demon Ravana, who tried to steal Mount Kailasa and take it away to his island. As Ravana was trying to shake the mountain loose, Parvati turned and clung to Shiva in fear-the moment depicted in this magnificent sculpture, which once formed part of a temple exterior.

oursoulsaredamned: “A southern-Indian carved-stone stele depicting Shiva (as a lingam) with two cobras dating from the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries; a makara head is at the top of the arch;

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