Shiva Pashupati seal of Harappan Civilization

About 2,000 seals were discovered from the sites of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Most of these seals were rectangular and square in shape. They bear the images of one-horned bull, goat, tiger, elephant, and rhinoceros. The western part of the city was built on the higher platform known as the citadel. These seals reveal the trade, religious beliefs, and script of the people. The seal with an image of Pashupati shows that perhaps people believed in lord Shiva. Seals also tell us about the trading practices of the period. The discovered seals show that the Harappans were trading with other civilizations as many Harappan seals were found in Mesopotamia.

Shiva Pashupati seal of Harappan Civilization

A particular seal discovered, bears a remarkable figure of a male deity, identified as Lord Shiva. The figure is tri-faced with horns on either side of his headdress, is seated in a yogic posture on a throne surrounded by animals. The discovery of a large number of conical and cylindrical stones that resemble the Shiva Linga suggests that the Harappan people worshipped Lord Shiva.

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