Vishnu in His Dwarf Incarnation

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Dr Avantika Lal
by G41rn8
published on 21 August 2019

This image was created during the rule of the Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty (8th century CE - 11th century CE) in ancient India. It is a fine specimen of the sculptural style that flourished in the period. It shows the Hindu god Vishnu in his dwarf (Vamana or Trivikrama) incarnation.

To the left is a group of people surrounding and worshipping Vishnu in the form of a dwarf. To the right, the bigger figure is that of Vishnu in his original form with a crown, bearing weapons and with his leg raised, showing his lordship over creation.

Location: National Museum, New Delhi, India

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