The Lord Shiva and the Devi Shakti are easily distinguishable. A loincloth is wrapped around His hips and clutches of rudraksha are His personal adornment. She is in a saree of auspicious vermillion colour and wears gold jewellery, as befit Her status as His wife and complement. He has a jatamukuta, upon which rests a sliver of the silver moon; upon Her brow is a crown studded luxuriantly with the finest jewels in paraloka. He wields a trishool (trident) and She cradles a flushed lotus. Standing next to Him is the devoted bull Nandi, while Her trusty simhavahana is to be found on Her side.
A softly glowing halo graces Ardhanarishvara's head. The riverine Devi Ganga emerges in Her pristine, fluid beauty, straight into the lap of the glacial Himalayas in the background. Their sharp peaks and rugged bodies stand in sharp contrast to the soft blue streams that flow at their feet.