Cosmic Shiva

Portrayed in an unusual dancing pose, the cosmic Shiva is shown with five heads and eighteen arms that bear weapons and ritual instruments. Shiva has a hermit’s piled-up hair on his upper heads, in front of which a crescent moon appears. The wavy white line at the right is the Ganges River, which descends from Shiva’s hair when he is residing in his mountain hideaway.

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