Achieved in PS CS5, using brushes and burn and doge distortion from the original photo
taken at the Hindu Monastery in Kauai
I was so taken with this statue and I do love Shiva.
Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in His devotees. Since the tasks of Lord Shiva are numerous, He cannot be symbolized in one form. For this reason the images of Shiva vary significantly in their symbolism.