Thangkas are traditionally linked to Tibetan Buddhism, however, Shiva-related thangka-style art can be found which blends Tibetan painting techniques with Hindu symbolism of Lord Shiva.
Shiva, referred to as Mahadeva or the Destroyer, is an essential being in Hinduism. He is known as the supreme god, embodying aspects of both creation and destruction. Part of the Hindu Trinity, he is alongside Brahma (the Creator) and Vishnu (the Preserver).
This Shiva thangka depicts Lord Shiva in a seated position, with his legendary third eye of spiritual insight and a serpent entwined around his neck, representing his ability to command dangerous forces and his link to Kundalini power.
Shiva is respected and venerated by millions around the globe, with various sects and denominations of Hinduism honoring him. Believed to represent transcendent knowledge, meditation, and enlightenment, he is held as a symbol of spiritual insight beyond the physical realm. Thangkas can be found in galleries, marketplaces, and from vendors specializing in Hindu works. These pieces often combine artistic styles or cater to those with an appreciation for both Buddhist and Hindu iconography.