Project Description

Uma as Boga Shakti

Here Uma is Boga Shakti, the Divine Mother. She represents the dynamic, life-giving energy of Shakti, the physical and spiritual nourishment for the universe and every living thing in it.

Uma is the embodiment of all individual souls while Shiva is the soul itself. Uma is creation; Shiva is creator. They are interdependent.

“When Shiva is united to Shakti, he is able to create; otherwise he is unable even to move.”
Sankaracharya, 9th century CE

Early in their marriage, the ascetic Shiva was happy having Uma to himself, but she longs for a child. She begs Shiva for a son, but he doesn’t want to be tied down. There are scores of imaginative legends surrounding their subsequent parenthood. Some involve Shiva fashioning a child with a thread from Uma’s dress; others have her creating a child from sandalwood paste, her exfoliation and some clay, while a third story involves a fiery dove, a drop of Shiva’s seminal fluid, bathing wives and an embryo atop a mountain. However it came about Shiva came to be the proud father and Uma – known in the Chola tradition as Boga Shakti – became the fulfilled mother. As parents to all humanity, Shiva and Uma opened the gates to the world’s parental bliss.

Here Uma is seated in lalitasana holding a lotus (katakamudra), her traditional identifier. She wears a crown (karandamukuta) signifying her high position in the Hindu pantheon, and a marriage necklace (tali). As a holdover from her days as the gentle but fierce, unmarried goddess of the mountains she wears the sacred thread (yajnopavita) of an ascetic, the only goddess to do so. This icon is a processional piece (utsavamurti) as evidenced by holes in the plinth to insert carrying poles.

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24″/ 60 cm
91.16 lbs / 41.35 kgs
US$ 925