Harihara is an attempt to create a syncretic deity within Hinduism by combining Shiva and Vishnu (vertical axis). As we see him, Shiva (Hara) is on the left (right side of the deity) complete with ascetic hair style and trident (trishula), while Vishnu (Hari) is on the right (left side of the deity) with chakra and conch shell. The combination constitutes a form of the Supreme God. This image appears on Harihara Temple II at Osian.
Harihara stands on a lotus-base, and is flanked by nimble attendants who lean against the side pillarsmaking room for the rather small image of Nandi at the (right) foot of Shiva. The loop of skulls hanging from Shiva's belt merges with the garland of flowers adorning Vishnu.
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