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Lord Shiva and Parvati become one soul and body, incarnated as arthanari - meaning "half man and half woman." The beautiful consort of Shiva, Parvati is adored and petitioned by wives seeking a happy married life. Regarded as the celestial overlord of deliverance through destruction, Shiva is one of the most complex gods of India, embodying seemingly contradictory qualities - at once the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. This elegant Madhubani painting by Vidushini expresses the Hindu belief that, after marriage, husband and wife become one in eternity.