The most striking aspect of this lifesize murti is the halo of the Matadevi (‘mata’ is the Sanskrt word for mother). A diskette of delicate lotus petals, surrounded by raging flames as powerful as the sun. Afore the same is the finely featured face of Vaishnodevi, a superbly carved crown on Her brow. Gold danglers in Her ears, and luscious straight-waved locks cascading down Her feminine shoulders.
She is clad in a fine silken saree, superimposed with a world of shringar befitting the queen of paraloka. She is ashtabhujadhari (eight-armed), in most of which She wields weapons and elements of cosmic significance. In Her anterior left hand She holds a lotus, and raises the right one in blessing. The wild-maned lion beneath Her is Her match in terms of the lifelike gaze and musculature.
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