The Ardhanarishvara is a composite form of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati (the latter being known as Shakti ). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half-male and half-female, equally split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, and left half is parvati .
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from Shiva, the male principle of God, and vice versa. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. The composite form conveys the unity of opposites in the universe.
The male half of Ardhanarishvara stands for Purusha and female half is Prakriti. Purusha is the male principle and passive force of the universe, while Prakriti is the female active force; both are “constantly drawn to embrace and fuse with each other, though… separated by the intervening axis”. The union of Purusha (Shiva) and Prikriti (Shiva’s energy, Shakti) generates the universe, an idea also manifested in the union of the Linga of Shiva and Yoni of Devi creating the cosmos
|Dimensions in cm(W * H)||26 × 50 cm|