composite image of lord Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, and Kartikeya represent the
Indian vision of a model family. Each member of this divine family is a revered
deity, ruling its own power sphere. What ties them together is are the simple
and human virtues of respect and love shared by the members of the family.
production of the Shiva-Parivar in brass, this image depicts Shiva and Parvati
sitting together, with Shiva’s hand lovingly placed on the shoulder of his
wife. The children, Ganesh and Kartikeya sit on either side of the platform,
smaller in size when compared to their parents, a hint at their lower age and
hierarchy as offspring in the family. A clever and popular symbolism used by
the artist in this brass statue is the placement of the bull and the lion
opposite to each other, in close proximity. This hints at the environment of
absolute harmony created by the Shiva-Parivar, to an extent where the hunter
and the hunted live together without a hint of antagonism. A small Shiva-linga
is placed at the feet of Shiva-shakti, a symbol of their essential oneness.
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