The ‘IN’ thing among todays macho men of the film industry ( thank God for that - else we will have Hero’s who look like beached whales running around trees romancing girls young enough to be their daugthers …we still do!! - but atleast the healthy trend is catching on ) is getting fit and flashing their 6 packs abs ( a yet to be released bollywood blockbuster claims 8 packs!!)

But check out this damsel flashing her abs - sculpted 1300 years ago. Mallai ( mamallapuram) near chennai - the Mahishasuramardhini Panel. Can you spot her, no I am not referring to the Devi. Giving you multiple angles.

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Can you spot her assistant now…crouched on one knee, brandishing a heavy sword on her right hand, beautifully attired in a breast band , she is poised to strike the leg of the demon Mahisha.

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Now, can you see the justification for the tag line, 6 packs abs, take a look at hers. Women were warriors ( and some still are ) and from the shape she is in, must have been a heavily trained one at that.

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Time to get up and hit the threadmill i guess.

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13 Comments so far


Phew! Forget the demon,think the plight of her husband, back home ;)

December 6th, 2008 at 13:28

hi chandra

well said…what blood !!! saaaame blood..


December 6th, 2008 at 20:03
Kathie Brobeck

Wonder where her gym was?
Or maybe she worked out at nearby crocodile farm?

December 6th, 2008 at 22:12

Cool! I only hope the fitness people in America do not snatch it and patent the sculpture :)

December 8th, 2008 at 12:09


Kathie - working for crocs ( dangerous) but not the most taxing. They are super beings in the sense that they dont need to be fed often, nor cleaned often.


December 9th, 2008 at 6:44

Hi kavitha

The appeal of art is universal - though our kings did inscribe their Meikeerthis and other exploits in the temples but the true creator - the sculptor never signed his work - like the flight of an eagle - they reached great heights but left no trails….so who are we to talk of patents..


December 9th, 2008 at 6:49

Wow!!!! its exclusive among the sculptures

July 8th, 2009 at 20:31

Amazing! Not only the sculpture but your trained eyes to spot such delicate touch.

August 11th, 2009 at 9:53

i have read in some books that pallavas had lady body guards…. indeed Indian culture is rich. Woman really enjoyed a better position in the early period than now.
its really good to see the sculpture

January 3rd, 2010 at 18:28

Hi rajeshwari,

All praise to the pallava sculptor ( as usual)

@ Ganesh - everytime you look at these, you see something new.

@ Eshwari - definitely this is a lady warrior - such a sculpted body ( pun intended) would take years of working out !!


January 6th, 2010 at 7:49
rhoda alex

now…i dont where i read this…but it is suggested that this 6 pack lady is Jaya the yogini…a trusted aide of Durga. ??

January 7th, 2010 at 9:03

Brilliant piece… If I noticed it correctly, Everything is the sculpture is so precise to the extend the Goddess and the six pack yogini (according to alex) are humanly, the asuras and only the mahisha a bit odd… probably indicating him as a yaksha (alien).

July 12th, 2010 at 17:47

hi rhoda - yogini - makes it even more interesting. Imagine perfect fitness in mind, soul and body… woah.

@ vasanth - mahisha is also perfect but for the massive head. the torso is all done up . not all perfectly proportioned are good - you have a few pot bellied dwarf ganas on the good side as well.

July 13th, 2010 at 11:23

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