(Last Updated on : 29/11/2014)
Shiva Bhikshatana is the mendicant posture of Lord Shiva where he is depicted without cloths and seduces the wives of the rishis. The sculpture is found made with bronze with a dog accompanying Lord Shiva. In Kailashanatha temple of Kanchipuram This Bhikshatana sculpture of Lord Shiva is inlaid in the rocks. Here Shiva is enchanting mendicant, with sandals, unbound hair and carrying his few possessions on a staff. He is depicted as youthful abstainer who is being worshiped by the Rishis' wives he seduced.
A disappointed husband raises his fist in the upper left corner. The whole composition is poised with vitality. The flexion of Shiva's left leg and sandaled foot, his upward pointing left hand, the kneeling adoration of the seduced wives all gives the relief a mundane simplicity. Shiva's upward pointing left hand was later imitated in the sculpture of his boy devotee, Sambandha.
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