Fashioned from karuppu kal (black granite), the process involved is time-intensive and speaks volumes about the skill and temperament of the sculptors. Multiple rounds of stenciling and chiselling call for the attention of up to 50 craftsmen on a single work of art such as this one. Note the graciousness of the curves at each juncture of the deity’s roopa, the dynamism of the silhouette - these are the hallmarks of the region’s devotional handiwork.
The trishool in His hand contrasts sharply with the sweet-sounding conch in Hers; the nakedness of His raised leg, with the pleats of Her dhoti; the musculature of His torso, with the sharp curve of Her waist; the fierce-hooded snake, with the shringar of Her kundalas. A single lotus-engraved halo behind the head matches the double-tiered lotus pedestal on which the tandava is taking place.