Shiva represents the aspect of the Supreme Being and is considered
to be the destroyer of evil and sorrow. Shiva is 'tri netra' or
three eyed, and is 'neela kantha' - blue necked. Shiva - Nataraja
is the Divine Cosmic Dancer. Shiva - Ardhanareeswara is both man
and woman. Shiva is both static and dynamic and is both
creator and destroyer. He is the source of fertility in all living
beings. He has gentle as well as fierce forms. Shiva is the
greatest of renouncers as well as the ideal lover.
He destroyes evil and protects good. He bestows
prosperity on worshipers although he is austere. He is omnipresent
and resides in everyone as pure consciousness.
Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and
compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust,
greed, and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom
in His devotees. Lord Shiva is the third member of the Hindu Trinity,
the other two being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Owing to His cosmic
activity of dissolution and recreation, the words destroyer and
destruction have been erroneously associated with Lord Shiva.
normally appears on one of three vehicles. In her enlightened aspect,
sattvic guna, she accompanies Vishnu on Garuda. In
her materialistic aspect, raja guna, she appears with two elephants
on either side of her. The owl depicts the pernicious aspect of
wealth. Though its considered a bird of ill omen and a symbol of
darkness, the owl also symbolizes wisdom and intelligence because
of its ability to presage events.
Lord Shiva dissolves the universe
for creation of the next cycle so that the unliberatedsouls will
have another opportunity to liberate themselves from bondage with
the physical world. Thus, Lord Shiva protects the souls from pain
and suffering that would be caused by a dysfunctional universe.
is inseparable from Shakti - Parvati the daughter of Himavaan -
Haimavati. There is no Shiva without Shakti and no Shakti without
Shiva, the two are one - or the absolute state of being - consciousness
Siva is generally worshipped in the form of the phallus
(linga) fixed on a pedestal. Energy can neither
be created nor destroyed & the Linga symbolises this scientific fact.
The Linga denotes the primeval energy of the Creator. At the end of
Creation all Gods find their resting place in the Linga - Brahma being
absorbed into the right, Vishnu being
The names of the deified faces with their elements are Mahadeva
(earth), Bhairava (fire), Nandi (air), Uma (water) and Sadasiva
(space). Panchamukha lingams have been seen from the 2nd century
Shiva Lingam form of Shiva is what is held in reverence in temples
all over the sub
continent. The Lingam is a symbol. It is
a symbol of that which is invisible yet omnipresent.
It is hence a a visible symbol of the Ultimate Reality which is
present in us and in all objects of creation