In the wooden sculpture that you see on this page, the togetherness of Lakshmi-Narasimha has been captured in perfect harmony. The fiercest and the most merciless of all the Vishnu-avataras, the half-nara (man) and half-simha (lion or beast) Lord Narasimha is uncontainable. No wonder the great daitya King Hiranyakashipu met his end in the hands of this relentless and unforgiving incarnation (‘avatara’).
Yet, here He is in perfect serenity in the company of His wife, Devi Lakshmi. Next to Him She is petite, a little slip of a perfectly serene nari (woman, antonym of nara). She sits gathered in the great lap of Her leonine husband. She wields a lotus in the right of Her two hands (in Her associated iconography, She is the dvibhujadharini or possessed of two arms) and directs straight ahead Her all-encompassing gaze.
Situated on a high plinth made of lotus-shapes layered one upon another, the figures have been carved with a great deal of detail. For example, the precise, symmetrical engravings on the plinth. The lifelike cascade of the mane of Narasimha. The superb contours of the Devi’s miniature face and figure. Finally, the attire and adornment of their respective persons.
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