Uma Sahita


UmasahitaThis form of Siva and Parvati is called Uma Sahita. In some examples, they are shown standing next to each other. Compare this form with Umamaheshwara and Somaskanda, forms published in this blog site.

Siva is holding battle axe and antelope (mirga) in his rear hands. Some of his identifying attributes. His front hands are in Abhaya and Varada mudra (protect and boon giving), a common feature among deities from South India. Uma, sometimes referred to as Parvati, is holding a lotus in her right hand and her left hand is in Varada mudra.

Uma and Siva are sitting on lotus pedestal which in turn is supported by a rectangular Bhadrapeetham. They are seated in Lalitasana pose, with one of their legs pendant.

Well chiselled piece. Lot of work for a small piece, height of 9 cm. NoUmasahita backtice the grid pattern in Siva’s battle axe, ridges on Uma’s lower garment side , lines in their palms , the delineation of fingers esp in the hands that are holding attributes and the patterns in Bhadrapeetham.

At the back there are two prongs to support, now missing, Prabhavali.

Some of the age determining characteristics include mirga turning his head to look at Siva and Siva holding battle axe between his fingers (Kattri mudra).

Chennai Museum has a Uma Sahita, in their website. (Try – Archaeology – Hindu bronzes –  Page 11… ) This, of course, is a much larger example.

P R Srinivasan’s book on Bronzes of South India has an example, Figure 262.

The height of this bronze is 9 cm and its width is 10.5 cm. This is meant for home shrine. This is from Tamil speaking region of South India and possible from the current Tamil Nadu state. There are signs of worship, though the wear is limited. It probably dates to 19th century.

A much awaited addition to my collection of Siva and his forms.


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