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Harihara


Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


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[ xvii ] A combined deity, half V ishnu (Hari) and half S hiva (Hara), designed to overcome sectarian prejudice between Vaishnavas and Shaivas by showing that both are aspects of one reality. One half of the image has Shiva's attributes, such as his trident ( trishula ) and matted hair, while the other has those of Vishnu: discus ( cakra ), royal crown, etc. [4: 199]. A comparable, but even more striking, image shows Shiva as Ardhanarishvara , the Lord who is Half Woman, on the right male and on the left the female form of Parvati [4: 216; 89: 28–9; 109: 46–7]. Despite their anti-sectarian purpose, composite images seem to have been more popular among Shaivas than among Vaishnavas: cf. T rimurti . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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