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Bhairon Dev

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Bhairon Dev
20th Century

Place of Origin: Bastar, Madhya Pradesh
Materials: Bronze
Dimensions: Ht. 29.7 Wd. 9.7 cm. (approx.)
Acc. No. 87.647

It is a metallic image of Bhairon Dev, the ferocious form of Lord Shiva made in lost wax process. The deity has horns and elongated ears and is standing on a pedestal. Two unidentified crowned figures, holding attributes, are shown seated on his shoulders. It is believed that Bhairon Dev fights with demons and protects the villagers from the evil spirits. This object denotes Shaivite cult which was very popular in Bastar, but it was destroyed by destruction of the Hindu kingdoms there. Despite this tribal tradition here reflects the Bhairon iconography in its various forms.

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