ARDHANARISHVARA 49 x 64

Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe Purusha  and Prakriti and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara is a symbol of Shiva’s all-pervasive nature.

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