There are images of Maa Parvati as Maa Tara breastfeeding MahaDev in an infant form
The explanation given upon many websites is that Maa Tara did this to save MahaDev from the poison he drank.
Other tellings of this story have Manasa Devi helping to absorb the poison, and the one I heard most often was Parvati placing hand on MahaDev throat so poison doesn’t go down. These all makes sense.
So this question partially covers this type of image :
My question here is, why is MahaDev depicted as an infant ?
If He was depicted as fully grown then the image would be great, and wonderful in what it’s showing.
But the majority of images I’ve come across show MahaDev as an infant, baby, drinking from Maa Tara’s breast, as if he’s her child. Which gives all kinds of weird messed-up connotations here, obviously
I understand why many people find this image disturbing and I did a double take first time I came across it too.
Is there some reason to depict MahaDev this way as an infant breastfeeding from Maa Tara ?
Do Hindu texts explain this in any way ?
Am I missing something about the symbolism or deeper meaning of a Hindu Tantric image like this ?
The images where MahaDev is fully grown guy drinking from Maa Tara’s breast are actually kind of like many Shiv-Shakti love images, sort of romantic and erotic, between two grown ups. Who are consenting adults who should do whatever they want.
But the images where Shiv is shown as an infant drinking from Maa Tara’s breast are weird and disturbing cause of many obvious reasons.
Ok this post has gotten way too long