What Does Ardhanarishvara Represent?
Ardhanarishvara shows the inseparability of the male and the female, by showing them united as one entity.
The uniting of male and female forces if the power of creation and what the universe was founded upon.
It conveys that God is both Shiva and Parvati, “both male and female, both father and mother, both aloof and active, both fearsome and gentle, both destructive and constructive” and unifies all other dichotomies of the universe.
Finally it shows the oneness of the supreme being, the Para Brahman as being neither male nor female, yet being both at the same time.