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  Indrani

 

Thailand

A bronze statue of Indrani, the shakti or feminine energy of Indra, at Tantra Thewala, i.e. the ‘Tantra Idol Shrine’, which is also known as Wat Phra Siwa Chao, i.e. the ‘Lord Shiva Temple’, in Bangkok (fig.). She is seated in the royal relaxation-position and is depicted as a Chaturbuja deity, i.e. with four arms, performing a vitarka-like mudra with two hands, and holding a vajra sword and a triangular flag with the depiction of a chari pot in the other hands.

 

She is considered beautiful and wears a naak shrinkhala or nose chain, typically used as wedding jewellery by Indian brides (fig.) in honour of Devi Parvati, the Hindu goddess of marriage, and which is removed by the bridegroom to symbolize the end of the bride's virginity. She is associated with lions and elephants, of which the latter is also the mount of Indra, and which is represented in the small statue of an elephant at her feet.

13°47'33.1"N 100°32'47.5"E

 

  Indrani