Pambanan: Statue of Shiva in the Shiva Temple (Candi Siwa)

Statue of Shiva standing inside the Shiva Temple (Candi Siwa) in Prambanan, Yogyakarta

Statue of Shiva in the Shiva Temple (Candi Siwa)

Statue of Shiva
The Shiva statue shown in the image stands inside the inner sanctum of the Shiva Temple in the Prambanan complex located 11 miles northeast of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Shiva Temple is the main temple of Prambanan and is also the tallest among the numerous temples in the complex.

Unlike Shiva temples in India, there is no Shiva Linga in this temple. Instead, the statue of Shiva stands on top of a yoni (i.e., the square-shaped stone that has a small canal on the right), which symbolizes the womb of Shiva’s wife. The Shiva statue stands on a round lotus flower pedestal mounted within the square space of the yoni. Most Shiva Linga sculptures in India have round-shaped yonis.

The inner sanctum of the Shiva Temple has four chambers, each of which houses a statue facing a cardinal direction. Facing east is the statue of Shiva (shown in the image), which is also the main statue of the temple.

The other three statues are:
– Shiva’s son Ganesha facing west
Agastya facing south
Durga as Mahishasuramardini facing north

Here are some of the depictions of Shiva in Southeast Asia and India:
Shiva Tandava Nritya – Shiva’s cosmic dance – on a facade of the gopura in the Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia
Bhairava – An Incarnation of Shiva on the outer wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple Karnataka, India
Shiva with his vehicle Nandi – Sculpture installed in a niche in the Aihole Durga Temple, Karnataka, India

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

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