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Ardhanarisvara (Ardhanarishvara) in Art and Literature

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The scholarly work throws light on the artistic, aesthetic, literary and philosophical aspects of the Ardhanarisvara form of Siva - the form which is a divine expression of the amalgamation of the male and the female and is said to contain the whole world in it. Providing a conceptual and historical back-ground of the doctrines relating to Siva and Sakti worship - it involves an iconographical study of the Ardhanarisvara image, with the focus on its dress, ornaments, coiffure, posture and other features. With many visuals of the Ardhanarisvara images - even the unpublished ones, it described the images found in different parts of India and discusses the emergence of the deity relying on literary sources and theories.

Explaining how the idea and actual representation of the unity of Siva and Sakti came to acquire supreme importance with the growth of sects - each worshipping the deity in its own form, Dr. Yadav points out that the Ardhanarisvara aspect is basically the output of the Tantra philosophy. Providing maps and line-drawings and a list of the places that have yielded Ardhanarisvara images, she makes an interesting and in depth analysis, based on extensive field-work, to come up with some brilliant and new explanations for the meaning and implications of the Ardhanarisvara.

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