Symbolizing Fecundity in Indian Art
The salabhanjika's association with a fruit laden tree symbolises fertility.
The clothes and jewellery she wears represents the idea of beauty and grace.
The gorgeous Salabhanjika holding a fruit laden tree in a tri-bent posture represents the idea of women and fertility in early Indian art. She is shown with full breast and slim waist which symbolises the idea of nourisher, a provider. She is decorated from head to feet as she also defines beauty and grace.
Dr. Shatarupa Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.