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Collections | Stone sculpture | BHAIRAVA


According to Hindu mythology, Bhairava is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava is always portrayed as being adorned with a variety of twisted serpents which serve as earrings, bracelets, anklets and the sacred thread (yajnopavita). Here this stone sculpture of Bhairava has four hands and is in standing posture. A dog stands below. Dog is the mount or vahana of Bhairava. Date of Acquisition: 13-12-1974

Acc No: S 4
Measurement: 87 x 39 cm
13th Century CE
Late Chola, Tamil Nadu