Shiva is the most variegated God of Indian culture. He is house hold but manifested by the majesty of sacrifice. He is prompt to protect his wife and children. He exists in his family without much affection. Whose wife is Devi Annapurna herself, who is worshipped by Brahma and Vishnu, He still moves on the road with a bowl for begging. Shiva distributes all his glamour but himself does not take up any of his glamour. He himself is illustrative, honest and happy. He is complete. He himself is an idol of eternal and omniscient ever, entire Universe, self-existence, but He is always overwhelmed by divine-contemplation.
He is the God of destruction and exterminates the creation. But there is no alternative to Shiva incase of protecting the creation, taking the deadly poison in his throat. He is Universal and he is for everyone- from Brahmins to Chandals. Such an Universal Godliness exists in his glamour. Lord Shiva is pleased with little veneration, in spite of the severity in service of worship. He is an ascetic. He is the most ancient spiritual guide. He is Nataraj, the greatest and there is no one who could compete him in dance and play. He is expert in singing, no one can perform the Rudraveena like Shiva, he is one, being worshipped by the musicians of India. He destroys the devils, so, he is Shiva. He is not only the symbol of perception- he himself is a perception.
Lord Shiva, the auspicious one, also known as Mahadeva (the great god) is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme being within Shaivism , one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism. Lord Shiva is known as ‘The Destroyer’ within Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu. Shankara , Volenath, Maheshwara, Mahadeva, Rudra are the other names of Lord Shiva. Lingam, Crescent moon, Damaru are the symbols of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva holds a pivotal position in the holy Trinity. While Lord Brahma plays the role of a Creator and Lord Vishnu plays the role of a Preserver. Lord Shiva is essentially the destroyer . Many believe that Lord Shiva is ‘Sayambhu’, which means that He is not born from a human-body. He was created automatically.
Lord Shiva is referred to as the most powerful. He along with Brahma and Vishnu makes the Trinity (Trimurti) , which takes care of the process of birth, sustenance and death. He is one of the most important God according to the Hindu-pantheon. Shiva is often referred as ‘the destroyer’ but in reality it is He, who destroys the impurities, taking refugee in human-mind. The complex character may represent goodness, benevolence and serve as the protector but He also has a darker side as the leader of evil spirits, ghosts and vampires as the master of thieves, villains and beggars. He is also associated with Time. Lord Shiva is also associated with Creation. In Hinduism, the Universe is thought to regenerate in cycles (every 2160000000 years). Shiva destroys the universe at the end of each cycle which then allows for a new creation. Lord Shiva is also the great ascetic, abstaining from all forms of indulgence and pleasure, concentrating rather on meditation as a means to find perfect happiness. He is the most important Hindu god for the Shaivism sect, the patron of Yogis and Brahmins. Lord Shiva is also the protector of Vedas, the sacred texts.
According to Mythology, as with any major god, Lord Shiva was involved in many adventurous episodes, which illustrates His virtual character and offer instruction on how to live correctly. For example, self-sacrifice is emphasized when Vasuki , the king of serpents, threatened to vomit snake venom across the seas. Shiva assuming the form of a giant tortoise or turtle, collected the venom in his palm and drank it. The poison burned his throat and left a permanent blue scar, hence one of his many titles became ‘Nilakntha’ or Blue throat.
- SAMYA MUKHERJEE
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