We had earlier seen the Andhaka Legend in detail. Today, we are seeing another depiction of the same legend in one of the inner wall sculptures of Ellora.
Sadly the sculpture is much worn out and we cannot make much out of the facial features. Yet this seems to be a slightly more sedate depiction or maybe the last act of surrender of Andhaka - so brilliantly depicted by the sculpture, has calmed shiva’s anger.
For even without the intricate facial expressions, there seem to be some gentleness in the way Shiva is holding up the speared Andhaka - almost in a tender manner. But the depiction of the speared Andhaka - is spectacular - the trident has passed clean through his torso and he is impaled on it - but you can see him raising his hands and submitting to the divine grace of shiva.
Down below, we see a visibly unmoved, rather firm posture of Parvathi - unfortunately very much damaged, we cant clearly see what is depicted - but you can vaguely make out the shape of a demon holding a club/mace in his hand ( under the left feet of shiva) - shiva seems to be stamping on him - maybe this is act 1 of the legend, with Andhaka trying to go for Parvathi!!!
Amazing sculpture, beautiful depiction of Andhaka.
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