A long, lithe physique flanked by eight powerful arms. He is ashtabhujadhari, the one possessed of (‘dhari’) eight (‘ashta’) arms (‘bhuja’). The most signature aspect of the iconography of Lord Mahamrtyunjaya is the plethora of amrta-kalasha, pots (‘kalasha’) of the elixir of immortality (‘amrta’). Two of them He holds high above His head, pouring them onto ihaloka upon anyone who has the prowess to benefit from it and another two He holds on His lap. Around the bodies of each of these formidable pots are wound the snakes of Lord Shiva.
Upon a gigantic lotus bloom sits the Lord Mahamrtyunjaya. His legs are gathered in a fine padmasana - heels touching, soles facing skywards, the knee-and-hip trifecta resting perfectly on the ground. A composure of stability and solemnity characterises the countenance of Lord Mahamrtyunjaya. Dreadlocks and a snake wound around His neck in addition to His other adornments complete the picture.