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Goddess Aditi feeding her beloved son Indra the elixir of the gods, Soma.

took inspiration from the verses below:

Aditi is sky, and air’s mid-region, Aditi is the father, son, and mother,
Aditi is all the Gods and the Five Nations, Aditi is what is now and what is future.
We call for help the Queen of Law and Order, great mother of all those whose ways are righteous,
Far-spread, unwasting, strong in her dominion, Aditi wisely leading, well protecting.
Sinless may we ascend, for weal, the vessel, rowed with good oars, divine, that never leaketh,
Earth, our strong guard, incomparable Heaven, Aditi wisely leading, well protecting.
Let us bring hither, in pursuit of riches, Aditi with our word,the mighty mother,
Her in whose lap the spacious air is lying: may she afford us triply-guarding shelter!

- Atharva-Veda, Mandala 7, Sukta 6(Translation by Ralph Griffith)

On the day on which you were born oh Indra, you did drink at will the mountain-abiding nectar, Soma, for your youthful mother,Aditi,in the dwelling of your sire,gave it to you before she gave the breast.
- Rig-Veda, Mandala 3, Sukta 48.

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Ekamukhaliñga – One-faced Liñga

Chloritic schist, Eastern India, Bihar

Pala Era late 7th or early 8th Century CE

The sanctum sanctorum or garbha-gṛha of a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Śiva Mahādeva would have installed the Śiva-Liñga. The Śiva-Liñga is sometimes encased in a metallic mask that is crafted in the image of Lord Śiva’s face, in early medieval India, the Liñga itself sometimes had a stone face (mukha) sculpted on to it thereby becoming a mukhaliñga. The Liñga could have a single or at times four faces sculpted on to it.

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