Torso of a Goddess of Motherhood :
This ancient sculpture of Goddess of Motherhood which is the ancient element of the Museum of Fine Arts internationally celebrated Asian collection. It dates from around the time of Jesus of Nazareth, and one can’t help feeling that if he had seen it in event at the Great dome-shaped structure erected as a Buddhist shrine at Sanchi, near Bhopal in India
It is also known as “Shalbhanjika” is a rare and distinctive structure of a woman made of stones, standing in the Tribhanga posture. It is said that these sculptures found in Gyaraspur date back to the 8th to 9th century. This exquisite idol is said to be of the goddess of the forest.
The word Salabhanjika is derived from Sanskrit, which means ‘to break the branch of the sal tree’. At present, Shalbhanjika is preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Gwalior. The beauty of this idol is unmatched. Considered to be the goddess of the forest, this woman is in a rare state by folding her body in three ways. In spite of so much tension in the body, beautiful expressions are visible on his face.
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Goddess of Motherhood :
Shalbhanjika is also considered the goddess of motherhood. It is possible that this form of the goddess of motherhood is at the time of childbirth, in which she has become a Tribhangi posture in the pain of a blissful maternal love and she breaks down due to squeezing the creepers of the shawl tree. That’s why the painter called it Salabhanjika . The importance of Salabhanjika in Indian culture can be gauged from the fact that this form was linked to the scene of the birth of Maya’s Buddha in Buddhism.
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