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Shiva receiving Ganges. Ravana Phadi Cave, Aihole

Shiva receiving Ganges. Ravana Phadi Cave, Aihole

Artist: Indian draftsman

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1853

Shelfmark: WD1596

Item number: 12

Length: 71

Width: 57

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink and wash drawing of a sculpture of Shiva receiving Ganges from the Ravana Phadi Cave at Aihole, by an Indian draftsman, dated 1853.

The large sculpture panel of Shiva receiving the Ganges (Gangadhara Shiva-Murti) is situated in the hall of the Ravana Phadi Cave at Aihole which excavated at the end of the sixth century during the Chalukya period. Shiva stands erect and is flanked by Parvati. On the right of Shiva is the skeletal Bhagiratha practising penance. Right on the top of Shiva high headdress are the three river goddess, Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati. Ganga, the most sacred river of Hinduism descends to earth through Shiva's matted lock at the behest of Bhagiratha.

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