Lord Shiva is known for His quick generosity, which has earned Him the epithet of ‘Ashutosh’ or the ‘One who is easily pleased’. He is said to be extremely swift in handing out boons to devotees who worship Him. No wonder then that there is a marked affection for this fascinating, unconventional and benevolent deity, amongst a huge part of the human populace. This is also the reason that creating statues of Lord Shiva has been extremely popular with Indian sculptors since time immemorial.
Of course for His loving devotees, Shiva reveals Himself as an ideal householder, for example in the sculptures showing Him with wifeParvatiand one or both of His sons Ganesha andKarttikeya. The most popular sculptural representation of Lord Shiva (after the Linga), is of course His form asNataraja, literally meaning the King of Dancers. This is a highly complicated composition with each part of the statue pregnant with profound symbolism. The statues of Nataraja for sale here encompass within themselves the complete cycle of life – creation, preservation and destruction.
Other popular sculptures of Lord Shiva show Him in meditation; blessing His devotees; as an ascetic wanderer; as the wrathfulBhairavaand in his cosmic form as the five-headedSadashiva. Here you can buy statues of Lord Shiva in brass, bronze, crystal and other gems, marble and wood.