Weird Religous Statue from Southern India
August 30, 2014 | by Genevieve Baxa

Most Indian gods appear to have many hands, with each hand holding something or effecting a specific gesture.

Some believe this is because Hindus had a hard time creating a representation of a deity with so many qualities. Including several hands can show all that their god is capable of.

Take a look at this statue found in southern India.


This statue holds a particular thing in each of its eight hands: a boy doll, a knife, a lamp-looking item, and a girl lying on its lap, and blood gushing out from its body.

Surely, this statue is interpreted to have a certain particular quality. But what do you think is it?


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  • It looks like the statue is some sort of carnivorous murderer. The poor girls guts are hanging out, it’s holding a sickle in one of it’s right hands, and two of it’s lower hands/arms look like they are holding her guts. Pretty disturbing statue guys……..!

  • Hi GB,
    I can’t be 100% sure, but this appears to be a Wrathful form of the Goddess Mariamman. She is the Goddess of Rain and a protector against diseases. Though I am not Hindu, I am a huge fan of religious iconography. When Hindu deities are represented as ‘bloody’ or ‘angry’ it is normally considered that the worshipers are celebrating “divine wrath” like…it’s ok for them to be monstrous looking because whatever they’re scaring away is even worse. In the case Mariamman, the disemboweled girl probably represents smallpox as this was/is still a problem in India. If this form of the Goddess is too scary for you, perhaps this one will be better:

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