A stylised tree throws some shade over the whole party, its silhouette sculpted with symmetry. Full-figured birds sculpted with masterful detail sit on its leaf-laden branches. Shivaji sits beneath it in lalitasana, the pose of royal ease, so-called because it is the way kings of olden days sat on their thrones. His left foot rests on the right thigh, while the right foot crushes a dwarf underneath (the dwarf is symbolic of worldly ignorance). A few necklaces grace His torso, while the arcs of the kundalas dangling from His lobes caress His collarbones. His posterior arms carry the damru and a flame, symbolic of the creation and the destruction processes respectively. In one of His anterior hands He holds the seat of knowledge, a book, and the other He raises in blessing.
Note how Dakshinamurti Shivaji is seated atop a mountain. A group of sages surrounds Him, absorbing divine wisdom from Him. Their palms are brought together in namaskaram mudra, a gesture of deep veneration. Note the temple top chignon on their heads, adding to the decidedly Indian aesthetic appeal of this resplendent sculpture.
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