Lord Shiva is a confluence of sannyasa (asceticism) and sansara (householding). While He is worshipped as the Yogishvara Adinatha, He is also venerated as the divine householder. He is the husband of Devi Uma and father to their two sons, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartika. In this fine composite sculpture, the Lord has been depicted saparivar (with family): the beauteous Devi Uma is sitting next to Him with Lord Ganesha on His lap, while the Lord Kartik is on His father’s lap. The divine Nandi, beloved of the shiva Parivar, rests at their feet in a distinct stance of devotion.
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