– Shiva is the God of destruction and regeneration, which can be seen in his mythology. He destroys an age with fire every 100 years and regenerates a new one by shedding tears over its ashes
– Shiva’s consort is Parvati. They are known to have met when she came as a damsel asking for help against demons who were harassing her family so he dispatched them without taking anything from her or even touching her hand. It was this that made him realise how much potential there was in the girl and they got married soon after on their first meeting
– The trident symbolizes Lord Shiva since it represents three different gunas: Satva, Raja and Tamas
– One legend has it that Shiva and Parvati are in a perpetual embrace, where she is always in his lap as he dances
– Shiva’s third eye symbolizes the all seeing power of Lord Shiva. The crescent moon on top also represents how with every waxing and waning day, we get closer to death. However, it has been said that if you worship him properly then he will show mercy by removing this tiny sliver
– He was known for wearing snakes around his neck which came from the great snake Vasuki who had granted one wish to whoever would slay her so when Shiva did just that and placed them round his neck like ornaments they became immortal symbols of eternal life
– Indra plotted against Krishna because he wanted steal some cows
– Lord Shiva is a Hindu deity who can be identified with any one of his many avatars.
– A common depiction is as the destroyer god – he destroys ignorance, fear and egoism in human beings through self knowledge.
– He is also often seen as a yogi or ascetic (“Nath”) because it was believed that since yoga postures had their origins in India, they must have been invented by someone other than the gods. It follows then to assume this person would have been an Indian Yogi named ‘Shiva’. This has led to arguments among scholars about whether there ever really existed a Nath called Shiva before Patanjali wrote down Sutras on Yoga some 1500 years ago.
– His other names include Chatuphala, the one with a thousand leaves or faces; Mahadeva, great god who was also known by many of his other Hindu monikers such as Maheshvara, and more famously referred to in English texts as “Shiva”; Rudra, lord of storms; āditya, son/sun among others.
– Shiva is usually depicted wearing a snake around his neck which represents wisdom that he gained when he wore an ascetic’s skin while meditating on Mount Kailash for 12 years without any clothing at all. He then discarded this symbol of ignorance and donned snakeskin garments from then onwards to demonstrate mastery over the serpent kundalini energy.
– Shiva is also known as the Sadguru, an enlightened teacher who helps people discover their own spiritual truths. He can be seen in many Puranic scriptures and even has his own sect of followers called Shaivas or Saivites (those worshipping him).
– One of the most famous temples to worship Shiva is located at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand which was destroyed by floods on June 17th 2013; it took four years for reconstruction to commence before a grand opening ceremony held on April 28 2018. Another notable temple is one near Pashupatinatha Temple in Kathmandu Nepal that contains a lingam with three faces representing Brahma Vishnu Mahesh.
– Shiva has been depicted as a destroyer of the world and in particular, is associated with the five elements which are fire water earth air.
– Lord Ganesha, who was born from Parvati’s right side while she meditated on her husband (Shiva) to help find solutions for problems faced by humans according to Hindu mythology. This scene is also famously known as “Chaturmukhi” or four faces since he had one head facing each direction – north south east west. The story goes that when it came time for him to drink milk his mother found out that there were no cows in their abode so instead she got some rice grains mixed with yogurt and gave them to Ganesh; this made him the first god to consume non-vegetarian food.
– Shiva is known as one of the five primary Hindu gods along with Vishnu, Brahma and Shakti.
– The “Tandava” or dance on which Lord Shiva performs in his image at Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu is said to symbolize man’s eternal struggle against evil forces and also represent a spiritual journey from darkness towards light according to several scriptures. One must not forget that it’s an act performed by God who has taken birth among us humans for our benefit since he cannot be seen otherwise due to moksha (liberation).
The Tandava Dance can be interpreted as follows: He begins with anger destroying
There are 100 names of Lord Shiva which have been given by great saint and yogis. There is a total of 12 divinities in the Hindu pantheon, one for each point on the compass (N-E-S-W). This has led to these deities being named after all directions—North, East, South or West. The fifth god is Agni who represents the direction – Center while Rudra was also known as ‘Lord of All Directions’ because he could travel anywhere at will.
The mandala depicting Shivlinga shows that it emits five colours: red from its right side; white from its east; black from north; greenish blue/dark yellow from south ;golden hue coming from the base. The three colors on each side represent the three Gunas or qualities of: Sattva (good), Raja (passionate) and Tamo-guna.(dark).
The Shivling contains all five elements – earth, water, fire, air and sky with Agni at its centre. This is to signify that Lord Shiva himself embodies these four important aspects in his being.
Lord Shiva represents both creation and destruction as he creates through dance which destroys ignorance by burning it from within. He wears a snake around his neck because they are seen as symbols of knowledge; their poison can never harm him just like he cannot be harmed by anything created by him! It also indicates how even though humans have the ability to understand the duality of life, they still occasionally fail to do so.
Lord Shiva is always seen with a deer around his neck – this signifies how he can be both gentle and fierce at the same time because just like animals are prey for hunters, humans are also the subject of Lord Shiva’s dance! This also shows that one should not only focus on either being kind or strong but strive to have qualities from each side in their own way. It is believed that it was through meditation upon Lord Pashupati (lord of all animals) that Shakti created Ganesha who later became her son when she married him according to Hindu mythology.
In some places outside India such as Nepal and Tibet, people worship Shiva as a god of magic and wisdom. A statue of Shiva is often seen with three heads, one depicting the meditating form, another in an angry aspect to destroy demons and keep peace on earth while the third head wears the crescent moon which symbolizes his connection to Shakti. It is believed that Lord Shiva created sacred dance steps called Nataraja after he burnt down Kama’s (the Hindu god of love) tresses out from sheer anger! When this happened, Parvati was so pleased she vowed never again to braid her hair for anyone else but him alone. The style became popular among other dancers too because it perfectly suited their needs! This also signifies how good things do not necessarily come easily; they take time