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Shiva Slaying Andhaka

Elephanta Caves

Shiva Slaying Andhaka Overview

Ranked 7 of 10 sightseeing in Elephanta Caves

This sculpture is situated in the northern end of the aisle and is considered to be unique. It shows Virabhadra or Bhairava, a furious form of Shiva. In the carved panel, Goddess Parvathi is depicted to be seated beside Lord Shiva, looking terrified and with a female attendant next to her. The central figure has a height of 11.5 ft and is ruined below the waist and is posed as if running.

The headgear of Lord Shiva has a ruff on the back, crescent high on the right and cobra and skull over the forehead. His facial expression is of intense anger can be seen from his swollen eyes, furrowed brow and tusks. Due to Portuguese vandalism, five of the eight arms and legs of Lord Shiva are broken. The smaller broken image of Andhaka is seen below the image of Bhairava. It is interpreted that Lord Shiva is spearing Andhaka with his front right hand. Things like elephant’s skin as cover, elephant’s trunk, head and carved tusk are seen hanging from his left hand.
 

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Shiva slaying Andhaka, Elephanta Caves

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Shiva slaying Andhaka, Elephanta Caves

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