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About Shiva

Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that also comprises of BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
, the Creator and VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
, the Preserver. He is known by many names which gives him a status of the chief God, such as Mahadeva (Great God), Maheshwar (Lord of Gods), Devender (Chief of Gods) and Trilokinath (Lord of three realms).  He is the destroyer as well as the creative force. He is a great ascetic but also a family man. He is benevolent to his devotees but also a wrathful avenger. He is the symbol of yogic postures (Yoga is the Hindu Discipline about controlled breathing, prescribed body postures and meditation) and also of sensuality. He is the God of paradoxes.

Shakti and Shiva

Shiva, along with Shakti (the female aspect of nature) is the embodiment of energy. They both together are eternal, transcendental and timeless. They are the energy that drives actions to take place and make existence possible. ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
is also called ‘Kala’ meaning eternal time and his consort, KaliKaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence...
means time or death, and together they form the masculine and feminine aspects of creation and destruction.

Aesthetic yet Family Man

Shiva is depicted sitting in a yogic posture and meditating in Himalayas, his abode but at the same time he is a part of a family that constitutes of his wife, Paravati (the Goddess of love, devotion ad fertility) and his two sons, GaneshaGaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ...
(The Lord who removes Obstacles) and KartikeyaKartikeyaKartikeya
Kartikeya is the son of Shiva and Parvatiand is regarded as the commander- in-chief the army of the gods. Being the son of the supreme couple
(God of war). He is considered a perfect husband so much so that he even took the form of ArdhanarishvaraArdhanarishvaraArdhanarishvara
Ardhanarishvara means ‘the Lord who is half-woman’. It is the synthesis of Shiva...
. It is an androgynous form of Shiva and his consort, making them inseparable and a womb of all creations.

Nataraja

Shiva is also considered the Lord of Dance (Nityanarta, the Eternal Dancer). The two dance forms associated with him are of Tandava, It is the divine and vigorous dance of Shiva. It represents the cycle of creation, preservation and destruction. Tandava is also of two types i.e., Rudra Tandava, which depicts his violent nature and Ananda Tandava, which depicts Shiva enjoying his dance. It is majorly performed in the states of South India, which has vigorous and brisk movements. According to scriptures, Shiva have performed Tandav many times but one of the most important incidence was when Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and killed herself and Shiva performed Rudra Tandava to show his anger and grief. which is masculine dance form associated with destruction and Lasya, the delicate, graceful, feminine dance form associated with the creation of the world. Shiva can be as terrific as benign. On one hand, he might induce fear, terror or wildness on the other he can be delightful, beneficent and auspicious. He can cause both devastation and happiness.

Symbolism

Shiva has six heads, but only five are visible to mortal beings which represent the five elements of life i.e., earth, water, fire, air and ether. The six head is only visible to the ones who attain enlightenment. He has a third eye on his head which is related to both his mediation and his anger. It signifies the truth and reality beyond the physical world. It is the third dimension and gives a spiritual perception. It is the eye of vision. On the other hand, if he gets furious, he opens his third eye to destruct anything into ashes. His head bores a crescent moon signifying intoxication, but not of the alcohol but the alertness. One should meditate and open up their mind to be spiritually awake. Also the waxing and waning of the moon is related to time cycle denoting the creation and regeneration.

His body is smeared with ashes representing the end of materialistic life and pleasures whereas his blue throat is symbolic to his sacrifice. During Samudra Manthan (Churning of the ocean), Halahal, a poison came out of the ocean that could have destroyed the universe and Shiva consumed it. Thus, he attained blue throat. Another time he saved Earth from destruction was when river GangaGangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of....
was going to flow in a destructive and forceful manner, and Shiva first captured it in his hair and then only allowing a single stream to flow. He is garlanded by a snake around his head, and he always carry a drum representing his dancing forms. He has matted hair and also carries a trident signifying the three Gunas, i.e., sattvic, rajasic and tamasic, denoting the combination of purity, darkness and passion. NandiNandiNandi
Nandi is one of the most iconic and famous characters of Hindu mythology. He is the vehicle of Shiva and also the gatekeeper of the abode of Shiva and Parvati. 
, a bull is Shiva’s mount that symbolizes eternal waiting. It waits for its God with alertness, full of life and listens to every command given. This is how meditation should be performed.

Maha Shivratri

The festival is celebrated by devotees with utmost dedication as the day marked the marriage of Shiva and ParvatiParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
. It is celebrated on the fourteenth day of Magha (January-February) or Phalguna (February-March), according to the Hindu calendar.


 


 
 

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