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Characters from Hindu Mythology
Rock and stone were the most common subjects for the development of art, right from the Maurya time to Harshavardhana to the Mughals and the British. Gods formed the basis of sculpture all over India, including Haryana. Sculptures in Haryana were concentrated around central and northern parts and were basically religious in content.
Besides rock and stone, sandstone was widely used, be it green, buff, gray or black
However, the Mughals put a stop to carving idols and images out of rock as this was against the very basis of Islam. They went a step further, destroying temples and any such figure, which crossed their path.
The mixture of incarnations of Lord Vishnu along with other Hindu gods and goddesses provided the inspiration to sculptors to carve out beautiful images. Besides characters from Hindu mythology, Jain images from the Pratihara period (9th century) have also been found, all made of sandstone
A figure of Vishnu found in Kurukshetra is a extraordinary piece of art, showing the four- armed god, stylishly reclining on the coils of Anantnag, the many-headed snake. This stone figure was possibly made in the 10th century AD. Besides the Pictures of Hindu
Gods and goddesses, Jain images from the Pratihara period (9th century) have also been found.