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The terrifying, yet benevolent aspect of Lord Shiva known as Bhairava. According to the Shiva Purana, Bhairava is the most complete form of Lord Shiva (purna-rupa), worshipped only by the truly enlightened. We see the slightly smiling lord with flaming hair (jvalita-shikha), and a dog, his constant companion, behind him. Considered an unclean animal in the Indian tradition, the dog is a particularly suitable companion for a wandering beggar, supposedly a social outcast.

The terrifying, yet benevolent aspect of Lord Shiva known as Bhairava. According to the Shiva Purana, Bhairava is the most complete form of Lord Shiva (purna-rupa), worshipped only by the truly enlightened. We see the slightly smiling lord with flaming hair (jvalita-shikha), and a dog, his constant companion, behind him. Considered an unclean animal in the Indian tradition, the dog is a particularly suitable companion for a wandering beggar, supposedly a social outcast.

Dewi Sri, or Shridevi (Dewi literally means goddess) (Javanese), Nyai Pohaci Sanghyang Asri (Sundanese) is the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese pre-Hindu and pre-Islam era goddess of rice and fertility, still widely worshipped on the islands of Bali and Java. Despite her mythology is native to the island of Java, after the adoption of Hinduism in Java as early as first century, the goddess is associated with the Hindu goddess Lakshmi as both are attributed to wealth and family prosperity.

Dewi Sri, or Shridevi (Dewi literally means goddess) (Javanese), Nyai Pohaci Sanghyang Asri (Sundanese) is the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese pre-Hindu and pre-Islam era goddess of rice and fertility, still widely worshipped on the islands of Bali and Java. Despite her mythology is native to the island of Java, after the adoption of Hinduism in Java as early as first century, the goddess is associated with the Hindu goddess Lakshmi as both are attributed to wealth and family prosperity.

Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu India, Tamil Nadu, circa 1600 Copper (via Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA)

Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu India, Tamil Nadu, circa 1600 Copper (via Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA)

ArdhaNariShvara-form of Lord Shiva. Shiva is sometimes represented as half-man, half-woman. His figure is split half way down the body, one half showing his body and the second half that of Parvati's. Indian bronze statue.

ArdhaNariShvara-form of Lord Shiva. Shiva is sometimes represented as half-man, half-woman. His figure is split half way down the body, one half showing his body and the second half that of Parvati's. Indian bronze statue.

Gajasura Mardana. Lord Shiva, as Gajasura Mardana, is slaying Gajasura, the elephant demon by ripping him off from inside out. Observe the two legs and tail of the demon above Shiva’s head.

Gajasura Mardana. Lord Shiva, as Gajasura Mardana, is slaying Gajasura, the elephant demon by ripping him off from inside out. Observe the two legs and tail of the demon above Shiva’s head.

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