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Somaskanda, also known as Tyagaraja, can be expanded. --Redtigerxyz Talk 16:05, 28 February 2011 (UTC)


Can we move this article construction to somewhere else... May be to your sandbox or User:Redtigerxyz/Kalash, which is empty? It is getting crowded here.. --Redtigerxyz Talk 13:23, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Yes agree, kindly move it to other sandbox. --TheMandarin (talk) 15:46, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Somaskanda is a iconographic representation of Shiva with his consort Uma, and Skanda as a child. This family group depiction of Shiva originated during the 6th-8th centuries during the period of the Pallava in South India. The representation shows Shiva with four arms and Uma, and between them the infant Skanda is shown as dancing with ecstasy.[1] Over a period of time, a number of such depictions have been discovered from different regions which were once under the control of Pallavas.


The Somaskanda is popular in South India and especially among the Pallavas. The creation of the Somaskanda is attributed to Rajasimha during the 7th-8th century.[2]


According to the mythological story, The Divine spark from Lord Siva's third eye was transformed into six babies, who were brought up by the six women. Lord Siva asked Goddess Parvati to accompany Him to where the babies were being looked after. When Parvati saw the babies, She embraced them all together, and they were all fused into one child, that had six faces, twelve eyes and twelve arms.[3] Parvati then fed the child and during this, some of the milk spilled into the nearby river, in which many fishes were swimming. These fish were originally the sons of sage Parasara. They had hurt the fish in the river, and had been cursed by their father to become fishes themselves. The sage had said they would be released from the curse, when Goddess Parvati fed the child Subrahmanya with milk. Accordingly, when the milk drops fell into the river, they recovered their original form.[3] Through Her milk, it is believed that Parvati gave jnana to Lord Subramanya— knowledge of worldly things and knowledge of the Supreme One. Having fed the child, Parvati handed the child to Siva. Shiva seated the child between Himself and Parvati. It is in this form that Lord Siva is known as Somaskanda.[3]

Kirata Shiva[edit]

Kirata Shiva is the form of Shiva as a Kirata (hunter). The episode occurs in Vanaparva section of the Mahabharata. The episode occurs when Arjuna is perfoming a penace as an ascetic and fights a battle with god Shiva over a wild boar.[4]

When I was searching images for Kirata, I came across this article:Kirātārjunīya, which covers Kirata Shiva


Gajasurasamhara is also intersting

Aspects of Shiva:


  1. ^ The many faces of Murukan̲ pp.75-76
  2. ^ Kalādarśana: American studies in the art of India By Joanna Gottfried Williams pp.62-63
  3. ^ a b c "Siva as Somaskanda". The Hindu. Feb 08, 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Decentering translation studies: India and beyond p.45-46

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