unknown1000-1100 C.E

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

Standing in alidha posture on a double-petal lotus the threefaced and twelve-armed Samvara has his central face bearing a terrific mien with bare fangs, three eyes fully open, wearing jatamukuta, kundalas, necklace and a long garland of skulls. The main pair of hands is in vajrahunkara mudra (holding a thunderbolt and bell crosswise near the chest). The five left hands hold a khatvanga marked with vajra and three human heads, a skull, a lasso, a kapala and a banner, while the corresponding right hands carry vajra, kartri, ankusa, damaru and a whip (?). He is attended by four identical four-armed female figures, two on his either side, one between his feet and one on top of the stele. All the four figures stand in alidha posture and hold a staff and a kapala in their left hands and kartri and damaru in their right. Two flying vidyadharas are on the upper portion of the back slab flanking the female figure on the top. Rays of flames are carved at the back of the principal deity.


  • Title: Samvara
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 1000-1100 C.E
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Basalt, 61x25x11.2cm
  • Provenance: North Bengal

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