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Shiva Manifesting as Ardhanarishvara "The Lord Who is Half Man and Half Woman"

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  • Ardhanarishvara is the androgynous combination of Shiva and his consort Parvati, split down the middle as half man half woman. Shiva and Parvati embody their corresponding gender so perfectly as to starkly contrast their opposing counterpart. Ardhanarishvara is highly revered among people in creative work, artists, and merchants.
  • Ardhanarishvara is said to characterize the fusion of the masculine and feminine energies of the world and exemplifies how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from Shiva, the male principle of God. The merger between these masculine and feminine energies is regarded as the root of all creation and creative energy.
  • Traditional prayers to Ardhanarishvara; "God is both Shiva and Parvati, both male and female, both father and mother, both aloof and active, both fearsome and gentle, both destructive and constructive” and unifies all other oppositions of the universe.
  • Materials: vitreous enamel on tin and set in a metal case.
  • Height: 2"
  • Origin is India