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    Pashupati
     
     

    About Pashupati

    Pashupati- The God of Animals

     

    Pashupati is an incarnation of Lord ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Destroyer or Transformer). Also called Pashupatinath, the name is derived from three Sanskrit words, ‘Pashu’ meaning organism or particularly animal, ‘Pati’ meaning protector and ‘Nath’ meaning Lord. Thus name itself means the Lord and protector of the animals. Sometimes to bestow respect the word ‘Shree’ is prefixed to his name, meaning ‘respected’ protector of animals. The name PashupatiPashupatiPashupati
    Pashupati is an incarnation of Lord Shiva (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Destroyer or Transformer)...
    was given by Lord VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Preserver) when Shiva was given the position of Lord of all demons.

     

    Legend of His Being

     

    Three demons named Viryavana, Tarakaksha and Vidyunmali were causing destruction in the universe. Killing sages and Gods was their daily routine. After performing evils deeds, they use to go in hiding in the three cities of illusions called Tripura. These were the great cities of prosperity, power and dominance. It became difficult for anyone to find and kill them, thus all the deities requested Shiva to help them. When Shiva helped everyone in need, killing the demons, he earned the title of Pashupati. 

     

    Symbolism

     

    Pashupati is depicted with five heads which represent five incarnations of Shiva. They are Sadyojata, Vamdeva, Tatpurusha, Aghor and Ishana. These five faces are depicted looking in five directions, West, North, East, South and Zenith. Sadyojata is associated with the Brahman i.e., the Universe, thus signifying the element earth. Vamadeva is associated with Vishnu and represents water. Aghora is linked with Rudra, The God of wind and storm, and represents fire. Tatpurusha is associated with sages and represents air while Isana represents space as he is associated with all that exists in nature. 

     

    Any human that has anger, wrath, jealousy, ego and is held in the clutches of ignorance and materialistic desires is nothing less than an animal. These animalistic qualities can only be shed if one prays to Pashupati. Only he can liberate humans from all the sins. 

     

    Pashupatastra

     

    Pashupatastra is the weapon of Pashupati and it is believed that the God himself took the form of the weapon. The weapon is used by Shiva and KaliKaliKali
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    (Goddess associated with empowerment). The weapon has the power of destructing the complete universe and it can only be used by Gods of Supreme power and position. It should never be used against lesser beings. The weapon can be released through eyes, words and bow. 

     

    The weapon was obtained by Arjuna, one of the Pandavs, from Shiva in Mahabharata (Hindu Epic) but he did not use it as it could have resulted in the end of the universe. 

     

    Temples

     

    The most famous temple built in the name of Pashupati is Pashupatinath temple in Nepal. Though it has never officially been announced, but he is treated as the national deity of the county. The temple is located on the banks of a river named Bagmati. It is one of the most sacred places in Nepal and also the oldest temple. Around 700,000 people visit this temple on Maha Shivratri (the day Shiva married ParvatiParvatiParvati
    After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
    , the Goddess of love, devotion and fertility). It is believed that Pashupati visited Nepal in the form of a deer and was mesmerized by the beauty of Katmandu Valley and decided to stay here.

     

    Another significant temple in his name is placed in the district Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located on the banks of Shivana River. Shiva is depicted in the form of lingam, a symbol of energy and potential. The shrine has four doors repressing the four cardinal directions, i.e., North, South, East and West. 

     



     
     

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