Shiva as Mahesha. Chola period (880–1279),10th century.India (Tamil Nadu). This statue is part of a group of unusual large stone carvings in the round from the Chola period. They all portray the same deity, long identified as Brahma but now thought to be Mahesha, a form of Shiva. From him are born the other two great Hindu gods, Brahma and Vishnu. Mahesha is shown with four faces: the one on the right represents Brahma; in the center, Shiva; on the left, Vishnu; and on the back, Rudra .
Period: Chola period (880–1279) Date: early 11th century Culture: India (Tamil Nadu) Medium: Copper alloy Dimensions: H. 29 7/8 in. (53 cm); W. 21 7/8 in. (55.6 cm); D. 10 1/4 in. (26.2 cm) Classification: Sculpture
The God Shiva dancing with the Hindu Goddess Parvati, the second wife of the former. Parvati is the highest Mother Goddess in Hindu religion from whom all Hindu goddesses were born and fill the universe. In an intimate and harmonious erotical and mystical dance, Shiva and Parvati are united to make the whole universe balanced and alive.
thirugyanasambandar, the shaivite boy saint - 12th century chola bronze, madras museum. the image is often mistaken for the dancing krishna. look at the hands - thirugyanasambandar will always have a finger pointing skywards, to indicate the divine couple shiva and parvathi, who came down to feed him when he was crying with hunger