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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Dvibhanga, DvibhaGga, Dvibhanga

Dvibhaṅga literally means ‘bent in two places’.

Images of gods and minor deities associated with them, especially in the standing posture, may be sabhaṅga (with bends) or abhaṅga (without bends). An image which is dvibhaṅga is bent from two places, one at the loins and the other at the neck. It is usual to show the images of goddesses in this posture, especially when they are with consorts and even in the standing pose.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore