Man Or A Woman? 12th Century Indian Sculpture


Hey guys, I found a couple of sculptures made in the
12th century A.D in Thanjavur, India. Let us take a look
at them, because they are super intriguing. Now, let us look from the left side. It looks
like a man because of the stern face with the eyebrow that has an arch, but not well
rounded. So it definitely looks like a man’s face and when you move to the right side,
you can see a smiling, feminine face with a nice well rounded eyebrow. So let me show you the statue from the bottom.
If you look at the legs, on the left side you can see a big upper thigh that gradually
gets smaller towards the knee. On the right side you can see that the thigh is very slender
and even all over like that of a woman. Let’s look at the mid section: On the left
is a firm and a narrow waist like a man. And on the right, you can see how shapely the
waist is carved and it gets larger towards the hip. So what do you think it is? A man or a woman?
If you want, you can pause the video and come up with the right answer. This will give you
the answer: It is a COMBO! It is infact, a half-and-half sculpture carved about 800 years
ago. I hope you enjoyed this video, and please
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100 comments

  • GK

    Wow .. great finding..
    Unfortunatly .. living in India…we don't know many of them..
    Historians , Archaeologists,… never reveal these valuables… only try to push Vatican & middle eastern agenda..in India…. Paid News cover up them out..!

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  • Swanti Kumar Chaturvedi

    Ardhanarishwer Statue

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  • ASHOK KR. BORDOLOI

    If this statue is a combo , what meaning its trying convey of that time . Why anyone would create such a bizzare statue. Please find the meaning of this statue.

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  • SABITRI GIRI SAUD

    It's ardhanariswor. Shiva and shakti

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  • Vijay Dixit

    it is a Sculpture of Ardha-Nari-Nateshwar.
    combined together Lord shiva and godess Parvati.
    on man side u can see the Wahana of shiva i.e. Nandi (Bull)

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  • MJruling

    WOW!!!

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  • Neelimaglory

    This is AradhaNari, Shiva gave half of his abode/body to Parvathi (his female , counter-part), to make a point that MALE/One-Who-EnjoyOrProtects-Nature and FEMALE/NATURE/ENERGY r both equal in all levels.

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  • Vinod Kumar

    it's showing that…. father & mother of whole world is nothings to but only one he is mahadeva , shiva, the distroyer…..

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  • Vesh Limbu

    Hindu god called " ardhanarishwar " the meaning of ardhanarishwar is half man and half woman.

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  • Syed Razzaq Ahamed

    It's ardha narishwara . This is one of the biggest secret message for future generations but people still don't understand or don't want to understand . The message is the wife is non other than "you" only.

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  • Jogesoca05

    Adán, macho y hembra , Adán

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  • Amita Khatri

    Yes ArdhaNareshwara

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  • Kishor Dhamala

    Dear, Brother this is the outstanding job you've done and we have to be really thankful to you. I am from Nepal and my request is that if you will come to Nepal. Once

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  • Iwamada Hitori

    hALF MAN AND THE OTHER HALF WOMAN.

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  • T krishna T

    its a ARDHANAARIESHWARA WHICH IS NOT usually understood by a non hindu person

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  • Rajeshwar Sharma

    You forgot to point out the breast.

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  • Art of Bengal

    Its sign of males Genetic formula "xy".. a male is never complete without a female.. and genetic formula proofs that.. maybe ancient indians are try to tells that.. 😊😊

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  • moon Light

    It's showing that man and woman is equal and man is not superior than women very simple

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  • Gul Majeed

    Good to see that you are picking up truth

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  • Dawne Zone

    Fabulous..love the whole equality of sexes portrayed in this statue, because we are all one species.

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  • Mohit Jaiswal

    it is shivji half man half women

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  • swarna sreevikranth

    Come on …! Why did you express so much 'eureka' kind of feeling at this statute ?
    Even a child in India will say that it's " ardhanaareeshwar "

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  • Артем Пономарев

    Bible told us that angels look like something middle man and woman

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  • Adarsha darsha

    shiva and parvathi

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  • Deepika Tepoju

    ya it is ardhanareshwara of lord shiva and parvati.

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  • Srinivasan Sudarshana

    Ardha Narishwara

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  • muthu kumar

    Thats half 🌓 Shiva and half 🌓 Paarvati

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  • HARI HARI

    it is arthanareeswara god. combination of male and female. look at the animal behind the statue. i think it is cow.

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  • Parmod Kumar

    Ardhnareshwar that is lord shiv.

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  • SIVA R

    I think it is an Indian traditional sculpture (a person make up both like man and woman for a show/ dance)like dancing woman in your previous videos

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  • Hawk's Adventure Vlogs With Dogs

    the worlds oldest tranny?

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  • Abhishek Kulkarni

    It is ardnareshvra avatars of lord shiva

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  • valli ramasundram

    What is the reason for the sculptor to put up a half man and half woman ?

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  • naveen kumar

    Called as ardhanarishwara, which means Lord Shiva with his wife parvathy having her as a half part of his body and soul

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  • rushikesh godase

    I think that,this is a symbolic idol of "Shiv-Parvati" .(Shiv-Brahma &
    Parvati-Maya).
    For a minute,suppose that,Shiv represents a"DVD" & Parvati represents a "DVD player attached TV."

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  • sajad ahmad

    Androgynous image reflecting active and passive principles of creation

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  • Fabio Rav

    Trans 🙂

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  • kiranrathi sibi

    Yes it's clearly showing tat it's arthanareeswarar..

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  • Aayushmaan Karmakar

    I think it is ardhyanarishwar
    Half shiva and half parvati , his wife

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  • Bernd Stielau

    All is one. No dividing, no judging

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  • kasthuri rajagopalan

    Thanjavur palace is treasure .each statute tell a story of History..

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  • Haripriya Manodurai

    Hey Praveen, that was a good explanation as you always do interestingly. Thank you

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  • Chayan Roy

    Ardha narishwar… Shiva-shakti in a single form… Purush represented by shiva.. n prakriti represented by shakti..

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  • Nagarajan Gurusamy

    In Tamilnau , Namakkal District – Tiruchengode town , Lord Arthanareswarar temple is located. The town has a hill, which is about 650 ft. height .This ancient hill temple according to the inscriptions on the walls must have been built about 2000 years ago.Lord Arthanareeswarar has a unique form here, which combines half male and half female form. The lord is also known as Madhorubagan and Ammayappan. It is claimed that this rare posture of the Lord as prime deity can be found only in this temple in the whole of Asia. The hill top temple can be reached by climbing up 1206 steps, made of stone.

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  • Nagarajan Gurusamy

    http://www.arthanareeswarartemple.tnhrce.in

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  • Sunitha JGD

    beautiful ardhanareshwara. .depicted shiva shakthi principle..also known as ying yang. 🙂

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  • Shiva Kannan

    shiva – parvathi "arthanaari"

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  • Николай Артемёнко

    We see the two-faced Janus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus. The figure is not just about the inner content of some people. In order to make such sculptures one must understand psychology, at a level much higher than Sigmund Freud.

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  • Amazing AD

    It's the fusion of Male and women..
    It's actually the murti of HAR-PARBATI

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  • Twisted Soul

    It’s a villain from movie called “ sadak”

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  • arnav tanwar

    Hi I real like ur videos.. Can u plz send me your email what to share something so may be I ll get my answer..
    .cauz I know you are the one who can explain that stuff better

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  • Kaushal Joshi

    Ardhanarishwara (Sanskrit: अर्धनारीश्वर, Ardhanārīśwara) is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati (also known as Devi, Shakti and Uma in this icon). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes.

    Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara is a symbol of Shiva's all-pervasive nature.

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  • Sweety S

    Its shows both men and women are equal 😊👌

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  • Himangshu Sekhar

    Ardhanarishwara is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle.

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  • zeal rajee

    Ardhnareshwar

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  • spy ninga dksnr

    It's Ardha Nateeswsra halfshiva and half parvati

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  • Day Light

    Everyone knows this is Lord Shiva n Parvati in d form of ardhanarishwar

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  • KR Jagadeesh kerala

    Symbol of anima and animus?

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  • Borsu

    its a shim for Zionists. she him, shim!

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  • जन्म से शूद्र कर्म जो बना दे

    the sculpture depicts the ardhanariswar avatar of lord shiva . The avatar was taken by shiva to guide and help lord brahma to create 1st male (manu) and 1st female( satrupa) on the earth
    source- vishnupurana and shivpurana

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  • hitesh jariwala

    2 in 1. Ardha Nareshwar

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  • Swarna Kumar S Naik

    That's our Hindu culture give value to woman .

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  • Santhosh Rao

    The sculpture may be of Ardhanareeshwara. A combined form of Shiva and Shakti.

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  • Vijay Kumar

    Ardhanaareeshwara! Very simple !

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  • Madhu Sudhan

    I think it's Shiva Parvati..🙋

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  • Shobana Gopalkrishnan

    it is in Egmore museum Chennai.. you can find lot of sculptures like this.. at the museum.

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  • Enlightened Soul

    Arthanaatheshwarar or Ammaiyappan!

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  • Luv Dwivedi

    Ardhnareshwar (shiv and Parvati)

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  • BHARATH KUMAR

    must be ardhanaadhishwarar.. one half is of lord Shiva and another half is of his consort parvathi, which metamorphically represents that both opposite forces within the body should remain balanced

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  • txtnray

    Shows the symbol of marriage two shall be one

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  • Nader Najarzadeh

    Your videos are great and fascinating. Keep up the good work! Greetings from Sweden.

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  • suparat196

    Thank you!

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  • Douglas Ashley

    Elongated Skull ! US Presidential Candidate ,okay……………

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  • Hariom Koyalkar

    Actually its symbol of men women equality ardhnariswar

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  • Mahesh M

    And most westerners only know about Michelangelo Vinchi etc

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  • Abhishek Anand

    Seems sculpture of Ardhanarishwar.. Lord shiva

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  • Vinodtcbe Tcbe

    Thanks to u valuable pricesless work praveen g

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  • Shyamkumar Lakshminarayanan

    I could see similar statues in gangai konda cholapuram temple too…It is ardha(half) naree(women)eswarar(male /siva)

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  • Dr Shindu

    Praveen, please comment on why all these deities had multiple hands. It should mean something more since there's a truth and answer behind every carving.

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  • Sonya C

    Breath of fresh air

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  • Saswata Ghosh

    HAR HAR MAHADEV

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  • Walkertongdee

    sometimes I wonder about you arent you Indian? It's Shiva/Parvati duh.

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  • Sameer Darekar

    This is Ardhnareshwara… Combination of Shiva (creater) and Shakti (creation). In ancient adhyatma Shiva is considered as symbol of inner self or higher self or energy or formless creator and Shakti as his creation or outer self or body or matter. Science today agree that world was just as formless infinite energy before big bang and came into existance in the form of visible universe after big bang. This also formulated as E=MC2 (sq) within science recently. Ancient Indians were aware of this and symbolically worshipped it as ardhanareshwara. For common people's understanding it showed as half man and woman.

    It also symbolic representation of opposite extreme forms has coexistence and they are interconnected and incomplete without eachother…. Like good and bad, male and female, hot and cold, light and darkness.

    Darkness exist as lack of light, we consider something as hot with reference of something cold.

    In Tao, it referred as yin and yang circle…. complementary, interconnected, and interdependent yet appears independent.

    Cleaver ancient Hindu / Vaidic philosophers or Hrushis know that Advaita (oneness) as God is difficult to grasp as concept and believe in it so they bring the concept of God as Dvaita (duality) and created many deities with different specialises.. thus we have many Gods concept also exist with male,female even animal forms of God. This is so beautiful and thoughtful way of explaining God to common people so as they can easily worship it.

    Many religions fought over this saying my God is only God rest are not. But in reality God is one and worshipped differently in various religions.

    Ancient Hinduism believes in oneness and expression of it via different Gods.

    #Praveen, if you explore temples with this understanding given in Vedas and Upanishads (as temples are build to impart this knowledge to generations to come in future) , you may gain deeper insights and make further discoveries.

    Kudos to your work. You will remembered for generations for rediscovering glory of India which we lost in time and adapted baseless western ideologies enforced on us due to slavery to foreign rulers.

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  • Sunita Dsouza

    Hi Praveen… thanks a lot for introducing me to our rich historical heritage…..and this is such an amazing piece of sculpture…..saw many of your videos….. thankyou,👌👌👌

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  • Mitchell Krouth

    Hindu religion going back millions of years
    talked about heshe that I can have their own babies and do not need to mate with other humans this goes back into the Hindu text and you know this 🙂 thank you for challenging the status quo of our history that has been corrupted the real history is written in the Hindu script going bad millions of years if not billions. It’s all about the rounds 1 million years each. We’re on the second round for Hindu

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  • Shubhada Ambale

    Aardharnarinateshwara

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  • vishnu sathian

    ardtha nariswaran siva

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  • Raghunath Sriraman

    Ardhanareshwar is the symbol of current 3 gender (shemale) existed on those old days too?

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  • Lakshmana Narayanan

    It is Ardhanaeshwarar lord Shiva first half goddess parvati second half

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  • Venkatesh Rathod

    Ardha Naareeshwara…half man and half women

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  • Manepally Karunakar

    your research on ancient temples and history and clues you explain, it is very interesting and thoughtful and full of information, good going and keep thinking about it, so viewers can view everything on your channel.. regards

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  • monish richaa

    Please …Make vedio about gay culture in ancient times ,,r there any clues about its existence in india

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  • Speed of Thought

    I always thought ardhanarinateshwar was a vishnu avatar. Actually it our family diety and we believe its vishnu avatar.

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  • Pratik Pandya

    Dear sir its is show lord Shiva.because in Hindu we know shiv is ardhnareshwar. Means half lady and half man. So it is clear show in this and another thing is nandi shows back of it statue. And nandi only use Shiva.

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  • Swaminathan Srinivasan

    It is ardhanaresswara

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  • Aruna

    I initially thought it might be Krishna becuz of the cow, but I saw people saying it was Shiva Parvati

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  • Mrunnaleeni Suryavanshi

    Ardhanaari nateshwara

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  • Gurusiddappa M

    "ARDANARISWARA" lord god 'Shiva' …🙏🚩

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  • nilamber dewangan

    Ardhnareshwar

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  • Aparna V

    Arthanarishwar

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