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Ardhanarishwar is Shiva’s androgynous form

Ardhanarishwar is Shiva’s androgynous form

Often cited as an example of perfect marriage, Shiva along with his consort Parvati is represented in the Ardhanarishwar form – which is a half male and half female icon. It is believed that this androgynous form shows that the masculine energy (Purusha) and feminine energy (Prakrithi) of the universe in a synthesis.