The image of the Hindu god could possibly be Ardhanarishvara (अर्धनारीश्वर, Ardhanārīśvara) – who is an androgynous deity composed of Shiva and his consort Shakti,and represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies. The Ardhanari form also illustrates how the female principle of God, Shakti, is inseparable from the male principle of God, Shiva. Ardhanari in iconography is depicted as half-male and half-female, split down the middle. This sculptural depiction of Shiva as Ardhanari may be among the sculptures at either Ellora or Elephanta.
Dangling at the left is a Saint Ann chaplet.
The term Chaplet is used commonly to designate Roman Catholic prayer forms which use prayer beads, but are not necessarily related to the Rosary. Chaplets are considered “personal devotionals,” and there is no set form and therefore they vary considerably. While the usual five decade rosary may be referred to as a chaplet, often chaplets have fewer beads than a traditional rosary and a different set of prayers.¹
Saint Anne (also Ann or Anna, from Hebrew Hannah חַנָּה or Channah, meaning “favor” or “grace.”) of David’s house and line, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ according to Christian and Islamic tradition.