Unknown deity

B. K. Rana bk_rana at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jul 22 15:05:06 UTC 2005


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Of course, not any Ganesh.  The four-handed Vishnu' sleeps on Shesh Nag [the Sesh Nag has 1000 tongues hence 1000 heads]  bed in the Sea. Shesh Nag is the other form of Vishnu himself like Ram and Laxman in The Ramayan and  Krishna and Balaram in the Mahabharat. But these later two guys are human incarnations of Vishnu so no four hands.

But  Kaliya is another five pronged 'demon sanke' that wants to poison peoples in Dwarika [?] where  Krishna  grew up. He was born in Mathura. As Allen Thrasher has pointed out the snake is 'a' fairly standard icon, which may well have no connection to the statue'.

"D.G.Damle" <D.G.Damle at OPEN.AC.UK> wrote:
On closer examination of the picture, it is definitely not Ganesha. What I thought was a trunk, seems to be the priests hand adjusting some kind of headdress.

The sari likje thing is common traditional male attire in traditional India - Dhoti, or in it's religious form Uparana.

The picture is not very good and it could be almost any deity. The Cobra does suggest Vishnu (and the sanke is Kaliya)



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I think the snake is not Kaliya, but just a naga stone, a fairly standard icon, which may well have no connection to the statue. They are discussed in Jean Philippe Vogel's classic Indian Serpent-Lore (1st ed., 1926).

Allen Thrasher


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Every hindu good or goddess wears 'sari' kind of thing with a little variety. But yes, she seems to be a female deity. Her the part tells that.

And, I don't see any mouse either. That is serpent king Kaliya. Myth tells Krishana had once suppressed 'Kaliya' . But the deity is not any of Krishana too. Krishana does not have four hands.

Rana







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