Of specific interest are the fragments of dvarashakhas, Shivalingas
and sculptures weathered beyond recognition.
Indeed, the possibility of such a sight is given so much importance that some non-figural supports, like Shivalingas
, may be endowed with engraved eyes or draped with cloths so that they may take on an anthropomorphic appearance.
Combining a Ramamudra and a Shivalinga
in the same mandala poses no doctrinal problems.
In thousands of temples to Shiva in South India, an axe-wielding figure sits facing towards the northern wall of the main shrine, often in his own little shrine, just beyond the north-pointing spout through which liquids poured over the Shivalinga
Flanking the seat on the elephant's back are square metallic extensions on which are seen a Shivalinga
on the right and a Ganesha on the left.