Maharana Sangram Singh II (r. 1710–34) Worshipping a Linga Under a Banyan Tree

c. 1712–15
Page: 24.8 x 18.1 cm (9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.); Miniature: 23.2 x 16.8 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.)
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A miniature sculpture of Nandi, the bull mount of Shiva, is next to the king on the terrace.

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The king kneels in worship at an ancient tree shrine on the banks of a lake. Such shrines were often associated with serpent deities, and a four-headed snake painted in gold is wrapped around the linga, the phallic emblem marking the sacred presence of the god Shiva. Flowers, packets of paan (areca nut and sweetmeats wrapped in betel leaf), coconuts, and a flower garland are among the offerings.
Maharana Sangram Singh II (r. 1710–34) Worshipping a Linga Under a Banyan Tree

Maharana Sangram Singh II (r. 1710–34) Worshipping a Linga Under a Banyan Tree

c. 1712–15

Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Mewar

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