Today is Mahashivratri, a festival celebrating Lord Shiva. So in honor of that, here are eight facts about Lord Shiva.
- Lord Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. He is accountable for the destruction of the world. He is often depicted as having a temper, but is mostly seen in a meditative state. The other two gods are Brahma and Vishnu. Brahma is responsible for the creation of the world and Vishnu is responsible for running the world.
- He is called the Lord of Dance, or the Nataraja. His most important dance is the Tandev, the cosmic dance of death, which he performs at the end of every age to destroy the universe. He also performs the Lasya, which is the dance of creation.
- Legend says that Shiva lives a simple life in the Kailas Mountains of the Himalayas with his wife, Parvati. He is usually spotted in a yogic position. Whenever Parvati is present, she is always at the left hand side of Shiva.
- In some Hindu legend, Shiva is known for his reckless life style. He rides a bull, and he often smokes weeds. He also loves meditating, and is called the lord of yoga.
- He is also represented by Shiva Lingam, a phallic statue that symbolizes masculinity and creation.
- Lord Shiva is slender and resolute. He has a blue face. He has an extra eye in in forehead, which represents his wisdom and intuition. He carries a trident, which represents the three function of the triumvirate.
- Hanuman is said to be 11th incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is known for his blind devotion to Lord Rama. Rama is of course an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
- One of Lord Shiva’s names is Bhooteshwara. That means Lord of ghosts and evil beings. Makes sense when you consider that Shiva is known to hang out in cemeteries and apply ash to his body.
Author: By – Aditya Joglekar
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