Prambanan: Shiva’s wife Durga the Mahishasuramardini

Statue of Siva's wife Durga the Mahishasuramardini

Statue of Shiva’s wife Durga the Mahishasuramardini

Shiva’s wife Durga the Mashisasuramardini
The statue of Shiva’s wife Durga the Mahishasuramardini stands in the inner sanctum of the Shiva Temple located on the Prambanan Temple complex in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The inner sanctum has four chambers, each of which faces a cardinal direction and houses a statue. The Durga statue is in the north-facing chamber.

The Sanskrit word Mahishasuramardini is a concatenation of three words: mahisha (buffalo), asura (demon) and mardini (slayer). The Durga statue was sculpted to portray her as the killer of evil Mahishasura, a demon who took the form of a buffalo.

The other three statues in the Shiva Temple are: the statue of Shiva facing east, statue of Shiva’s son Ganesha facing west, statue of Agastya facing south.

Related Pages
Prambanan, Borobudur, Bali, Indonesia
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Banteay Srei, Cambodia

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