Friends, when we first introduced the chat widget in the site, it was more a tool to encourage more readers to participate ( since some were shy of leaving comments). Am sharing a interesting sculpture chat with a interesting follower of our site concerning some really confusing aka interesting sculptures and statues, and has the potential to raise a few eyebrows. So please feel free to share your comments and thoughts.
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voice 1: Hey, i came across your post on somnathpur in which you direct to another site for this photo
vj: sorry, which one please and may i know who i am chatting with ?
v1: Well i am ##### and am studying sculpture @…….. I am talking of the Hanuman holding the Bana Lingam sculpture from Somanthpur.
vj: Oh, Nice to hear. Yes, that one – was an interesting sculpture of Anand and he put this below note in his site.
A creative sculpture showing Hanuman with the baana lingam in his hand. He was asked to bring a shiva linga from the himalayas by Rama when they had to perform a pooja at Rameshwaram to clear the brahmahaththi dosham which had been caused due to killing of Ravana(a brahmin). Since it took a long time to get one and the auspicious time was nearing Rama and Sita devi made a lingam out of sand and started the pooja. When Anjaneya arrived he was sad to see that his efforts were fruitless. So lord Rama granted him a boon that thereafter, the lingam brought by Hanuman would be worshipped first and then only the bhaktas should worship his shivalingam. Thus there are 2 lingams in Rameshwaram till today and pooja is performed as directed by Lord Rama.”
v1: But as per my teacher, this sculpture is still a puzzle and cannot be clearly identified.
vj: Is it the Hanuman or the Lingam that he is holding. Take a look again at both ( Thanks Arvind for the closeups)
v1: Well, the confusion i think is due to the fact that he is holding the Conch and Discus.
vj: Why, its not uncommon to depict such.
v1: Is it so.
vj: Ok, let me ask you this way, have you been to the bronze exhibits at the chennai museum.
v1: Well not yet, we are going to study bronzes next.
vj: Ok, take a look at this bronze, Nandhi. ( thanks to flickr url given)
vj: Yes, why is Hanuman shown as carrying the attributes of Shiva.
v1: You are not answering my question but posing more
vj: Ok, let me attempt to answer yours. Firstly, is the Somnathpur Sculpture Hanuman. Secondly, the legend of Hanuman bringing the Bana Lingam is popular and wouldn’t want to go into justifying legends.Thirdly, can vehicles or mounts carry attributes – Well you see Nandhi with the attributes of Shiva. Lastly, Hanuman is sung as a Avatar of Shiva and hence he is shown with his attributes !!
v1: Hmm, let me try explaining this to my teacher.
vj: Please note, we are novices with no formal training in art or sculpture. Just trying to explain and reason out with the information we have on hand. Dont get into trouble with your teacher arguing based on ours !!!