In each of the Lord’s hands is a weapon (sword and axe) or an image of cosmic symbolism, such as the pashu and the damroo. There is a significant presence of snakes in Shaivite iconography: one is in His hands, another raises its hood from the nape of His neck. Caught in the mass of His swaying locks is His wife, the Devi Parvati. In fact, the hair of Lord Shiva is one of the most distinctive aspects of this composition. Against the deep crimson backdrop of the painting, the cream-coloured clouds and the twin faces of the sun and the moon, of soothing composure of countenance, are reminiscent of harmony.
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