Sunday, November 9, 2008

Shiva Slays Andhaka

Cave 29, Ellora
This stunning panel portrays Shiva as the slayer of the demon, Andjaka. Shiva dances in triumph beneath the the outstretched skin of the elephant demon Nila, one of Andhaka's allies, as a seated Parvati looks on admiringly. In another hand, photo right, Shiva holds a skull cap used to catch Andhaka's blood. The head of the elephant is barely visible behind Shiva's raised sword (photo left, upper corner)

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