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Gaja Lakshmi

Gaja-Lakshmi in architrave. The serene, bejewelled goddess sits on top of a lotus while attendants with fly-whisks stand on either side. Two elephants pour water. This image, symbolising auspiciousness, is an inevitable part of every Kalingan shrine. Mukteswara, 9th-century, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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