A legendary Central Indian depiction of the Varaha



Nrvarāha is two-armed and stands in the ālīdha posture with his left leg kept firmly on a vertical pillar, probably indicating a rock. His right hand is held akimbo. The small figure of Bhūdevī is shown hanging weak and lifeless on the right tusk of the Boar with her left arm hooked over it.


Its heavy but well-formed limbs, together with the simplicity of rendering, express primal power while the pose suggests invulnerability and victory.


Because of its relatively protected situation, the state of Madhya Pradesh preserves many remains from the fourth to the sixth century C.E. in a variety of accomplished regional styles.


If present evidence reflects the true state of affairs, the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, and Karnataka were not very productive during this period. Artistic activity began to pick up again in these regions only in the late sixth and early seventh centuries and boy, did it culminate in many great achievements!