We saw the Cambodian version of the humbling of Ravana by Shiva when he tried to uproot Mount Kailash in an earlier post. This is another interesting depiction from Ellora.

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This verse has been sung often in Shivite saint Appar’s works, but those have been discussed in depth in the tamil version of this post. However, crux of the story is Ravana is stuck and humbled. To what extent. Have a look at the sculpture.

ellora ravana anugraha murthy.jpg

You can see the massive twenty armed, ten headed asura stretched underneath the mount, on top the sublime divine calmness in the faces ( though heavily damaged) of Shiva and Parvati are still evident.

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the lord n his consort.JPG
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If you notice carefully, Shiva Bootha Gana - demon assistants are making fun of ravana. As you face the image to the left, you can see a Gana making obscene gestures by bending down and showing his back to ravana, while the other one has taken a stick and is hitting his knuckles. On to the right the little gana pulls out his tongue and is making faces at him. What an insult to the King of Lanka.

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ravana stuck under the mountain.jpg

To get to truly appreciate the composition i kept this picture ( of a friend) to the last - now you get a fair idea of the size and scale of this sculpture.


Btw, how did Ravana get out of this predicament, and how he was humbled many more times we will see in coming posts, along with some more beautiful depictions of the above story in various places.

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Nice work

September 20th, 2008 at 16:34

Excellent work.without explanation really we can’t understand this much

September 1st, 2009 at 16:29

anavam alevai tharum parpavarkaluku nalla padam

March 10th, 2011 at 10:50
இலங்கை நயினாதீவு உமாசுதன்

அற்புதம் வந்துபார்க்கமுடியாத எங்களுக்கு இது ஓர் வரப்பிரசாதம். உங்கள் கலைப்பணி தொடரட்டும் நன்றி.

April 17th, 2011 at 12:12
k. sivakumar

what u do, is a very great work.yeomen service. kinldly continue..!god bless…greetings..!

December 30th, 2013 at 11:04

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