Interesting Facts About Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva ‘Devon Ke Dev, Mahadev’ ‘the God Of All Gods’ is one of the deity in the holy trinity or ‘Trimurthi’- Lord Brahma; the creator, Lord Vishnu; the preserver and Lord Shiva; the destroyer. Enormous amount of people from all over the world worship Lord Shiva regardless of their religion, he is the Supreme God. But, there are some really interesting facts about Lord Shiva that you probably didn’t know-
- Lord Shiva is known to be the destroyer of all the evilness and maliciousness in the form of ‘Mahakaal’.
- The trishul of Lord Shiva represents the 3 Gunas- Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sattva is the foundation of creation, Rajas represents continuity and Tamas is the base of destruction.
- He is also known as ‘Tryambaka Deva’ as he possesses a third eye on his forehead which, when opened destroys anything within its sight.
- The snake around Lord Shiva’s neck is the ‘King of Serpents; Vasuki’. He depicts death and fear. The other 3 snakes represent the past, present and the future represents that Lord Shiva is unscathed by time and controls it.
- Lord Shiva is also named as ‘Neelkantha’ as during the samudra manthan or the churning of the ocean, serpent king Vasuki emanated ‘Visha’ or poison. Lord Shiva drank the poison which in turn turned his throat blue symbolizing that he takes every threat befalling on his devotee to himself.
- The Damru in the left hand of Lord Shiva mainly symbolizes Shabd Brahman. It personifies ‘OM’, which is the origin of all languages.
- In Hinduism, there is a separate tradition known as ‘Shaivism’ in which Lord Shiva is the ultimate and the supreme God. The devotees are known as "Shaivites" or "Saivites".
- Lord Shiva is also portrayed in the form of ‘Ardhanareeshwara’. In this representation of the Lord, he is half himself and half as his female companion Goddess Parvati. This form denotes the masculine energy of Lord Shiva and feminine energy of Goddess Parvati. It also shows that the male form cannot exist without the female form and that God is neither male nor female but both.
- Lord Hanuman is the 11th reincarnation of Lord Shiva.
- Lord Shiva is also ‘Nataraja; The Lord of Dance’. He does two forms of dances- ‘Tandava’ which is very fierce and is for the destruction of the universe; the other is Lasya- which is much gentle.