Shiva - a living god - transcends all categories. He is existence - with all its paradoxes. Beyond existence, he is the indefinable absolute. Shiva, as Hindu mythology holds, is the destroyer of the universe. With snakes all around his body, ashes smeared on his forehead, long locks of hair etc.
No other Indian god is as intimately connected and profusely
associated with serpents as is Shiva. A cobra coils around his
neck, with it hood forming a protective canopy over his head. A
snake is symbolic of Shiva's sexual energy. This head of Shiva is
outstanding in the elemental power, controlled and concentrated,
that informs its every plane and curve. Serene meditation is
conveyed by half open eyes, their gaze steadied by reverberating
curves of lids and brows. The third eye, symbolically the seat of
the fire of destruction, extends across the entire height of the
forehead and is here, an essential part of Shiva's
The beauty of the image is pristine in every feature: the relief
of the five layered snake and the way it lies around and above
Shiva's compassionate face.
This description by Renu Rana.
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