Vivek Anand Ganesan
v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM
Fri Feb 25 12:31:18 CST 2000
Hello all :
I have been much intrigued by the ardhanArI form. I am
only aware of a temple with this mUrthi in Tamil Nadu.
a) Are there temples elsewhere with this form?
b) In general, quite a few of the deities are represented
by a male/female couple e.g. ShrI + VishNu, Sita + Ram,
Radha + Krishna etc. Is there a philosophical
significance to this?
c) However, the ArdhanArI form is present only in the
Shaivite tradition. The shaivite tradition also
emphasizes the unity of the devotee with Shiva.
Is this a later development of Shaivism or was it
"monistic" all along?
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