The Online Compendium of Indian Temples
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According to the iconographical treatise Amshumadbhedagama, Gajasurasamhara-Shiva dancing inside the skin of the slain elephant, which is arranged like a prabhamandala around him. The tail pips behind from Shiva's crown and his left leg is on the head of the elephant, while the right one is bent and raised above the left thigh. Shiva wears silk and tiger skin garments and various ornament and is deep red in colour. He may be depicted four or eight armed. In the four-armed image, Shiva holds a pasha in one of the right hands and the elephant tusk in a left arm; the other arms hold the outstretched skin of the elephant. In the eight-armed form, he holds a trishula, a damaru , a pasha and the elephant skin in his right arms, while one of the left hands makes the vismaya mudra and others hold a kapala , the tusk and the skin of the elephant. Another eight-armed form in the same text holds a trishula, a sword, the tusk and the elephant skin in the left arms and a kapala, a shield, a ghanta and the elephant skin in the right ones. On the left side of Shiva, his consort Parvati should stand with their son Skanda in her arms, both trembling in fear of this fierce aspect of Shiva. The Suprabhedagama prescribes a ten-armed Gajasurasamhara should hold an akshamala, a sword, a shaktyayudha , a danda, a trishula in right hands and a khatvanga, snake, skull, shield and a deer in the left.

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