Shiva as half-man, half-woman, Arddhanarishvara, from Elephanta (6th century)

Source: Courtesy of Prof. Frederick Asher, Univ. of Minnesota, October 1999

Arddhanarishvara, bazaar art, 1940's; *another, similar version*

Source: ebay, June 2005

Brahma worships Arddhanarishvara; bazaar art, c.1980's

Source: ebay, Dec. 2007


Left: a large modern Arddhanarishvara in brass; right, a modern Madhubani version

(downloaded March 2001)

An Orissan pata-chitra by Rabi Behara

(downloaded Apr. 2006)

The deity is surrounded by images of famous Shiva temples (modern bazaar art)

Source: ebay, Dec. 2009

"Gangavtaran," or the descent of the Ganges into Shiva's hair; an oleograph from the Ravi Varma Press, Lonavla, c.1910's

Source: ebay, Jan. 2006

Another version of the "Gangavatarana," modern bazaar art

Source: ebay, Oct. 2006

A more recent view of her descent (bazaar art, c.1990's); *another view*

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

Ganga then  permanently sits in Shiva's tangled or knotted hair (bazaar art, c.1980's)

Source: ebay, Dec. 2007

Here she can be seen especially clearly, pouring forth the river from her lips (modern bazaar art)

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

Is he contemplating Ganga, or just rolling his eyes upward in meditation?

Source: ebay, Sept. 2012

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