Lingodbhava Murti

So the last trip that I had before lockdown was to Karnataka, for the art and architecture field trip. Organized by my college Deccan college Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune.
We had covered Aihole, Badami, Pattadakal .
Talking about the trip it was truly amazing.Although each and every work of art and architecture that we witnessed was mesmerizing.
This icon of Lingodbhava Murti ( at Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal) on one side of the outer wall of the temple has truly captured my imagination.

Lingodbhava ” emergence of the Linga” is an iconic representation of Shiva. Though I knew the story behind this icon , I never imagined such an icon actually exists…

The story of Lingodbhava :-
Once, while the deities Vishnu and Brahma contested for superiority, Shiva appeared as a flame, and challenged them to find his source.Brahma took the form of a swan, and flew to the sky to see the top of the flame, while Vishnu became the boar Varaha, and sought its base. The scene is called Lingodbhava and is represented in the western wall at the sanctum of most on Shiva temples. Neither Brahma nor Vishnu could find the source, and while Vishnu conceded his defeat, Brahma lied and said he had found the pinnacle.Enraged by this, Lord Shiva took the form of Kala Bhairava and took apart one of the five faces of Lord Brahma and in punishment, Shiva ordained that Brahma would never have temples on earth in his worship.

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