Trident with Shiva as Ardhanari (Half-Woman) ca. 1050, Chola dynasty, South India. A Shiva Shakti sculpture almost a thousand years old celebrating the Oneness of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine.
This cosmic dance of Shiva is called ‘Anandatandava,’ meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy — creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion.
Srikanteshwara temple (also spelt Srikanteshvara) in Nanjangud, Mysore district, Karnataka state, India. The original consecration of the temple is ascribed to the Western Ganga Dynasty in about the 9th-10th century. Later contributions were made by kings of the Chola Dynasty, the Hoysala Empire and the Mysore kingdom. The overall architectural style is Dravidian.