Surya-Shiva, Khajuraho

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Anindita Basu
published on 29 July 2016

There are numerous depictions of Hari-Hara (a combined form of Shiva and Vishnu) but it is relatively rare to see a combined form of Surya and Shiva. The right half of this sculpture is Surya, the Sun God. He is holding lotuses: a fully bloomed one and a bud. The left half is Shiva. He is holding a snake and a water pot. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India, 11th CE.

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Anindita Basu
Anindita is a technical writer and editor. Her off-work interests include Indology, data visualisation, and etymology.

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