Three bronze idols of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati were unearthed at Airavateeswara Temple, Darasuram, in Thanjavur district. The Siva idol, measuring two feet four inches x one ft five inches and Parvati measuring one ft three inches x two feet, were found in the north west corner of the cloister `Mandapa’ at a depth of 2.5 ft during conservation work carried out by Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai circle.
According to Sathyabhama Badreenath, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Chennai circle, the idols are a part of the Somaskanda group though they are two separate pieces. Siva is seated in `Sukhasana’ position with four arms, the upper arm carrying `mriga’ and `mazhu’ (battle axe) while the lower arms are in `abhaya’ and `simhakarna’ positions.
The idol is adorned with Jatamakuta, Udharabhanda, etc. Parvati is also in `Sukhasana’ position and her right hand looks as if she is holding a lotus. [ Chola period bronze idols discovered]
The article has pictures of both the idols.