Ardhanarishvara Temple at Haridwar

26 Nov
Ardhanarishwar Temple Haridwar

Ardhanarishwara Temple at Haridwar

Ardhanarishvara (Sanskrit: अर्धनारीश्वर, Ardhanārīśvara), is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati (also known as Devi, Shakti and Uma in this icon). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes.

The Puranas and various iconographic treatises write about the mythology and iconography of Ardhanarishvara. While Ardhanarishvara remains a popular iconographic form found in most Shiva temples throughout India, very few temples are dedicated to this deity.

Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara is a symbol of Shiva’s all-pervasive nature.


A three-armed bronze Ardhanarishvara


Posted by on 26/11/2015 in Photography, Uncategorized


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7 responses to “Ardhanarishvara Temple at Haridwar

  1. arv!

    26/11/2015 at 3:43 PM

    Interesting one!

  2. dimazaben

    26/11/2015 at 7:05 PM

    I love this !!

    • Anil

      26/11/2015 at 7:09 PM

      Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and leaving with your nice comments.

      • Phil

        04/05/2016 at 12:09 AM

        hi, i’m wondering where this temple is in haridwar?

      • Anil

        04/05/2016 at 9:25 PM

        I do not remember the address of the temple where the photograph was taken! The photograph shows it is there! Anyway, it can be found while touring the temples there!

  3. Phil

    13/01/2016 at 2:59 AM

    Is this temple dedicated to Ardhanarisvara? Where is it located in Haridwar?

    • Phil

      14/05/2016 at 7:43 AM

      oh, sorry didn’t see that you replied. i ask because i’m going to Haridwar and want to visit the temple. is it easy to find? do u remember what area at least?


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