Thursday, December 28, 2017

Madhangeeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Madhangeeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and located near kanchipuram busstand. This temple was built by Pallavas in the year of 800-900 AD. The architecture of this temple is same as Kailasanathar temple. The size was almost same like Jvarahareshwarar Temple. It has 8 lion pillars each carved out of single stone. This temple is maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

Gajasurasamhara ("The Slayer of the elephant demon")
Gajasurasamhara icon is popular in Pallava and Chola art, which portray him dancing vigorously in the flayed elephant hide of Gajasura.  In sculpture, Gajasurasamhara is often pictured with eight or sixteen arms. These multiple arms are uncommon in Shiva's iconography and are exclusively used in his combative forms. In such multiple-armed images, Shiva may carry various attributes like the trishula, a damaru, sword, kapala, pasha, deer, ankusha, vajra, arrow, gada, khatavanga, tanka, bow, snake, the elephant's tusk and akshamala. His hands may be held in suchihasta mudra or vismaya mudra.
Ravanan anugraha murthy
According to Hindu scriptures, Ravana once tried to lift Mount Kailash, but Shiva pushed the mountain into place and trapped Ravana beneath it. For a thousand years, the imprisoned Ravana sang hymns in praise of Shiva, who finally blessed him and granted him an invincible sword or a powerful linga to worship.
Urdhva Thandavam
The legend also boasts of Lord Shiva emerging victorious in the dance duel with the competing Goddess Parvati by lifting His feet high up in a posture called the Urdhva Thandava, an out and out male gesture. The goddess demurely bowed down to the Lord of not being able to perform the pose. The dance was an outcome of the couple's teasing of one another during their amorous arguments. However, a variation in the story narrates about the dance between Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali.
Ganga descending on Shiva with Parvathi beside with Dog on top left corner

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