Happy new year 2013 to all readers and we start the new year with an amazing miniature from a little known but beautiful Siva temple in Srimushnam.
Thanks to Pradeep Chakravarthy the new year begun with a trip to Srimushnam with expert scholar Dr. Marxia Gandhi . There were many highlights to the trip but to start with let me show you the rarest…
As we finished visiting the Boovarahaswamy temple and walked around to the Siva shrine…a massive brick wall welcomed us - we were not expecting such a large premises.
( second image is from Sri Rajendran - Raju’s temple visits
One look at the main shrine was enough to pump energy into the tired legs - an early Chola temple.
But the highlight was….before that, a short introduction .. its been on my mind ever since i saw the article ( in tamil) in Varalaaru.com
The description of 3 adult elephants playing mid wife to mother as she delivered her calf was etched into my memory. From then on have been on the lookout for a similar sculpture. So, to my utter surprise and delight, a small decorative column found in-between the Devakostas seemed to be vaguely similar.
The sculpture was so small which accentuated its beauty.
The centre swirl was the one that had caught my attention. Initially apprehensive if it were depicted something else naughty, on closer inspection it did reveal its true intent.
Thanks to Raghavendra Prasad for quickly making a sketch for us to understand better. The way the mother is shown as holding on to the creeper border design with her trunk is scintillating.
These two depictions follow a pattern - where one of the mid wives seem to man the front, the middle one is maybe assisting in constricting the stomach or holding the mother up on her legs and the third one seems to hold up the tail for easy exit ! It would be interested to compare any study or footage in the wild and know if this does happen so in the wild as well.