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Collections | Bronze images | KANKALA MURTHI


Kankala Murthi is a form of Lord Shiva which relates to the occasion when Siva and Brahma were having a heated argument, each claiming for supremacy over the other. The ferocious Shiva chopped off the fifth head of Brahma. He was cursed by Brahma and condemned to go about begging for his food with the very skull of the head he had severed serving as a bowl. He is considered the fierce form of Lord Shiva. The iconography of Kankalamurthi or Kankala Bhairava is similar to that of Bhikshadanamurthi. Kankalamurti is usually represented with a jatamukuta, decorated by the crescent moon on the right and a serpent and Datura flowers on the left. This exhibit is a four handed Kankalmurthi with a deer and an attendant gana. He is depicted in the act of moving with the right leg slightly raised. Another notable feature is the bowl on the head of gana. The deer has its front leg in an upraised form. The head is facing the Lord. Here, Kankalamurthi is seen standing on a lotus pedestal.

Acc No: 342.
Measurement: 80 x 34.5 cm
16th Century CE