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Parvati as Annapurna, The Goddess of Plenty

Parvati as Annapurna, The Goddess of Plenty
$275.00
Item Code: OS27
Specifications:
Oil on Canvas with 24 Karat Gold
22.0 inches X 34.0 inches
While Durga is the fierce goddess of the battlefield, Annapurna represents the goddess of plenty. She is calm, fruitful and fertile. Unlike most goddesses, Annapurna carries no weapons. Her most famous shrine is in Banaras, the city sacred to Siva. In Bengal, there is a tradition of producing clay images of the goddess ladling out food to Siva, who is shown as a begging mendicant.

Annapurna (she who fills with food) is represented as a fair woman, sitting on a high throne outlined in gold. In one hand she holds a food bowl and in the other, a ladle. The pendant foot rests on a square footrest (chowki). Siva, his body smeared with ash, is begging for alms, with the damaru hanging on his side and a tiger skin covering his body. His beautiful hair falls down on his shoulder instead of being tied in a knot. His third eye is prominently displayed and a serpent coils around his neck..


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