Friday, 25 January 2013
Spiritual Pix of the Day: Shiva Ardhanarishvara
Shiva Ardhanarishvara is an androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his female counterpart Shakti (also known as Parvati, Kali, Uma, etc.)
Shiva Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male (often with moustache) and half female (with breast), with respective spiritual attributes (for example trishul/trident, damaru/small 'hourglass' drum, nandi/bull etc. for Shiva and sword, conch, lion/tiger etc. for Shakti.)
He/she represents the perfect union of masculine and feminine energies of the universe, Purusha and Prakriti.
(image via Dilated Pupils)