trishiro-bhairava

Images of the hallowed trishirobhairava from kAshmIr, whose avatAra puruSha is dattAtreya. These idols were originally from temples of trishiro bhairava near parihAsapura. They show the left side ugramukha which is (rudra murti) and may have a kapAla, kamaNDalu and akShamAla in the hands. The same iconography is retained for dattAtreya but, the kApAla of the trishirobhairava form is not seen. The temples were destroyed and the idols damaged by the Moslems and their current status is unclear. The representation of the deity as trishiro-bhairava and dattAtreya were both supposed to have dogs beside them, but their presence in these idols is unknown.

~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on March 4, 2006.

 
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