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Beliefs, values and practices of Harappan culture

Mother Goddess statue

Explore the Harappan religion and belief systems.

Read about how fertility and fertility rites were central to religion in the Indus Valley.

Examine a figure of the Mother Goddess and read about the significance of these Mother Goddesses. These figures are often shown with large hips and breasts symbolising fertility, or in the role of a nursing mother.

Examine the Great Bath in Mohenjodaro that would have been used for special religious ceremonies to carry out ritual purification.

Look in detail at the Pashupati seal, thought by some to be a Proto-Shiva figure.