Antique temple marble sculpture Shiva & Parvati. Originally with beautiful hand painted color and gilded gold on the sculpture. The color faded due to time and the praying during ceremonies.
Shiva’s wife was Parvati, often incarnated as Kali and Durga. She was in fact a reincarnation of Sati (or Dakshayani), the daughter of the god Daksha. Daksha did not approve of Sati’s marriage to Shiva and even went further and held a special sacrificial ceremony to all the gods except Shiva. Outraged at this slight, Sati threw herself on the sacrificial fire. Shiva reacted to this tragedy by creating two demons (Virabhadra and Rudrakali) from his hair who wreaked havoc on the ceremony and beheaded Daksha. The other gods appealed to Shiva to end the violence and, complying, he brought Daksha back to life but with the head of a ram (or goat). Sati was eventually reincarnated as Parvati in her next life and she re-married Shiva.
Ever since then, Parvati and Shiva lived together in conjugal harmony, known to all as the perfect couple.
Originally from India. Only one piece.
Dimensions: 1.75″ x 5.25″ x 8.75″