Perhaps the most striking example of man-woman equality
even as far back as the Vedic ages can be seen in the concept
of 'Ardhanareshwara', a beautiful union of Lord
Shiva and his consort Shakti (Parvati). The bronze
explicitly shows the body of a man and a woman blended in
a perfectly sacred union. The right half is that of a man
and the left, that of a woman. The woman is known as 'Wamangi'
(Wam-left side; Angi-of the body) or 'Ardhangini' (Ardha-half;
Angini-of the body) is shown on the side of the heart in the
body. In modern medical parlance, the left side of the body
is controlled by the right lobe of the brain, which harnesses
the powers of grace, beauty, balance and calm. The right side
is characteristically male, controlled by the left-brain lobe,
signifying power, activity, strength and dynamism. Is it then
a coincidence that one's spouse is known as the better half?