Detail of statuary above the main entrance to the Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple, 100 Depot Road, Singapore
The Goddess is usually portrayed as a peaceful, calm and benevolent image whose power is represented by her weapons and her lion or tiger mount. Like many images, in this one she is surrounded by a halo which covers her entire figure or prabhamandala. The halo could consist of pattern of leaves or a circle of flames. Notice the parasol, a sign of royalty and power.
Photograph March 2000 © George P. Landow may be used without written permission for any educational purpose. Any commercial or other use requires prior written permisison from .
Vidya Dehijia, (ed), Devi. The Great Goddess. Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington, D.C., Arthur M. Shackler Gallery, 1999.
Last updated 16 October 2001.