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Hindu art in India

The roots of Hinduism in India trace back thousands of years, and its vibrant traditions continue today.

7th century - present

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Shore Temple, Mamallapuram
Shore Temple, Mamallapuram

A temple with three shrines, this majestic complex faces the sea and features a rich sculptural program.

The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai
The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai

This legendary complex draws thousands of visitors per day. Its bewildering spaces delight—and overwhelm—the eye.

The Great Relief at Mamallapuram
The Great Relief at Mamallapuram

This extraordinary carving is one of the largest relief sculptures in the world. Scholars still debate its meaning.

Ganesha Jayanti, Lord of Beginnings
Ganesha Jayanti, Lord of Beginnings

This elephant-headed god is celebrated throughout the year with offerings placed in temples and domestic shrines.

Sacred space and symbolic form at Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho (India)
Sacred space and symbolic form at Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho (India)

Beautiful women and loving couples adorn this temple. Together, they symbolize fertility, growth, and divine union.

Varanasi: sacred city
Varanasi: sacred city

Each year, millions of pilgrims come here to worship Shiva and to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges.

Beliefs made visible: Hindu art in South Asia
Beliefs made visible: Hindu art in South Asia

Described as a “museum of religions,” Hinduism encompasses many beliefs and accepts a pantheon of deities.

<em>Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja)</em>
Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja)

Caught in a moment of his dance, this many-limbed figure embodies Hindu ideals of beauty and physical perfection.

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