A Unique Umamaheshwara Sculpture found in Udupi

7:33 PM, Saturday, September 11th, 2021

Uma MaheshwaraUdupi :  In Sanyasibettu, near Maranakatte in Byndur taluk of the Udupi district, a miniature work of genius of Umamaheshwara made out of green schist discovered, while levelling a mound at the site, said Prof. T. Murugeshi, Associate Professor in the department of Ancient History and Archaeology, MSRS College, Shirva in his press release here today.

This unique sculpture is about 9 cm in height, 9 cm in length and 4 cm in breadth. The Umamaheshwara is shown riding on their vehicle Bull. Lord Shiva riding on the bull with four hands, front two hands shown holding the ears of the bull, holding like handles of the vehical, among the back two hands, he holds Mriga (dear) in the right hand and left hand was mutilated. The back of the lord Shiva, Uma shown sitting and holds the shoulders of the Shiva, but, unfortunately the upper portion of Uma was destroyed. All the Shiva Ganas including Veerabhadra, Ganapathi, Brungi are depicted round the bull.

Umamaheshwara cult was also known as Soma cult or Someshwara cult. it was said to be born at Gujarath by Soma Sharma and spred across the country within no time. It was popular in 11th century and sculpture under study is also belongs to th 11th century, said Prof. Murugeshi T.

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