Like his counterpart Durga, Shiva also helps in destroying demons and
saving the world from their negative influences. Shiva here has ten arms,
radiating from the torso in violent movement. He wears a crown on his matted
hair, from which Ganga emerges. Ornamental necklaces, rudraksha bead strings
and serpents co-exist to form the jewellery decorating his body. Shiva,
shown here with a beard and a moustache has a vertical third eye on the
forehead. He crushes the demon by dancing on his back as he looks up,
helpless and defeated. Also in the foreground is the Devi, trying to appease
her enraged Lord.
Shiva is the embodiment of tamas, and the black background reaffirms the
statement. The sky is blue with restless clouds painted in fiery orange. A
vast range of colours has been used to demonstrate powerfully the violence
of the theme.
This description by Renu Rana.
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