The Goddess Tara - A Pala Dynasty standing figure of the goddess Tara.

Schist

Nalanda, Bihar, India

X century

H cm. 100

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# Tara: In Hinduism, the goddess Tara (Bengali:দেবী তারা মা )(SanskritTārāDevanagariतारा) meaning “rescuer” (in feminine gender) is the second of the Dasa (ten) Mahavidyas or “Great Wisdom [goddesses]”, Tantric manifestations of MahadeviKali, or Parvati. As the star is seen as a beautiful but perpetually self-combusting thing, so Tara is perceived at core as the absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life.

# Schist is a medium-grade metamorphic rock with medium to large grains of mica flakes in a preferred orientation (nearby mica flakes are roughly parallel).

#The Pāla Empire was an Indian imperial power, during the Classical period of India, that existed from 750–1174 CE. It was ruled by a Buddhistdynasty from Bengal in the eastern region of the Indian subcontinent, all the rulers bearing names ending with the suffix Pala (Modern Bengali:পাল pāl), which means protector.

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