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Shiva Ardhanarishvara. Album 185 illustrations of Shiva History Karaikal (Tanjore), between 1727 and 1758. Shiva androgynous samabhanga standing on a pedestal, is represented half man holding ascetic, and half woman, dressed in an elegant red sari. His right hand holds the left mriga and a lotus flower, while his other two hands are in Abhaya mudra and running aground. It symbolizes the union of Shiva (the substance) and Shakti (energy) which is the basis of all creation.