Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shiva with the Mother-Goddessess in Ellora

Shiva with the series of Matrikas (mother-goddesses). You can see 4 of the goddesses here on the panel. The Matrikas are shown in their benign form. 
Carmel Berkson, author of Ellora - Concepts and Styles, says, "With the terrific aspect repressed entirely, the matrikas are depicted as benign and are worshipped in adulation. Sensuous, elegant, tender, beautiful adolescents, they are yet haughty and grand, quintessentially the creatrix."

Photo from wikimedia commons.

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