Shiva as an ascetic, among his half-human half-animal "ganas"; early bazaar art imported from Germany, 1880's

Source: ebay, Oct. 2008

*Shiva as Bhutnath, "Lord of the Beasts"; a print from the Ravi Varma Press, c.1910's*; also: *Shiva as an ascetic, with a disciple*

Source: ebay, Dec. 2008

Shiva as an ascetic, deep in solitary meditation (modern bazaar art); *another such view*

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

"Meditating Shiva," a modern batik

(downloaded Apr. 2006)

As a wandering ascetic, Shiva collects alms from the goddess Annapurna (modern bazaar art); *another view*

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

Shiva and his army, including some of his unsavory, quasi-demonic "gana" troops (bazaar art, c.1980's)

Source: ebay, Jan. 2008

The powerful ascetic Shiva defends his devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, in a print from the Ravi Varma Press, 1910's; *a later version from the Ravi Varma Press, 1910's*

Source: ebay, Oct. 2009

Shiva's terrifying aspect, as he defends his devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death (a modern religious print)

Source: ebay, June 2008

Kali dances while Shiva plays the drum, with ganas and female demons; a modern painting

(downloaded Sept. 2008)

The "erotic ascetic": two images in bazaar art from the 1940's

Source: ebay, June 2005

Shiva's marriage to Uma, or Sati, ends when she enters the fire and dies; he is desolate, and returns to his ascetic ways; a modern pata chitra

(downloaded Dec. 2004)

Parvati (the former Uma, now reborn) performs severe austerities to win Shiva as her husband; bazaar art, c.1970's (left) and c.1990's (right); *a larger view of the left print*

Source: ebay, Nov. 2007

She also worships the lingam (bazaar art, c.1990's)

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

In another bid for Shiva's attention, Parvati dances before his image (bazaar art, c.1990's)

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

At Parvati's instigation, Kamdev shoots the meditating Shiva with an arrow of desire-- but then is burnt to ashes (the pile of ashes is shown in the lower right) and becomes "Ananga"; a Madhubani painting by Vidya Devi and Dhirendra Jha

(downloaded Oct. 2004)

Another Madhubani view, by Vidya Devi and Dhirendra Jha; in the lower left, flames shoot out from Kamdev's body

(downloaded Sept. 2008)

The result: playful moments in the forest (bazaar art, c.1980's); *a larger view of the right-hand print*; other similar views: *the two wander in the Himalayas*; *the two hunt in the forest*; *the two wear similar jewelry*; *the two dance together*

Source: ebay, Sept. 2007 and later

Two views of the wedding of Shiva and Parvati; bazaar art, c.1980's

Source: ebay, Dec. 2007

The whole scene of the wedding (bazaar art); *one more, very elegant view*

Source: ebay, Jan. 2013

The marriage of Shiva and Parvati is attended by all the gods, and by Shiva's quasi-demonic ganas (upper right), in a modern madhubani by Dhirendra Jha

(downloaded Feb. 2005)

The wedding procession is led by two skeletons and a ghoulish gana, in this modern Orissan pata-chitra version

(downloaded Sept. 2008)

She joins him in the forest (bazaar art, mid-1900's)

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

In this modern Bengali religious print, Uma/Parvati is presented independently, and has even come to share Shiva's cosmically powerful third eye

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

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