Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shiva : The Hindu God of Destruction

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Some of the famous Shiva Temples of India

                                                      Shiva, as a Yogi, in deep meditation


Shiva (meaning "auspicious one") is a major Hindu God and is "the Destroyer of the Universe / Creation" or "the Transformer" among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. He is considered the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism.

Shiva is usually worshipped in the form of Lingam. He is described as an omniscient Yogi, who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash.He is also described as a householder with wife Parvati and two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. Shiva has many benevolent as well as fearsome forms. He is often depicted as a Yogi immersed in deep meditation, with his wife and children or as the Cosmic Dancer 'Nataraja. In fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons.


                                                        Shiva with his consort Parvathi

                                                                             Shiva

                                     Shiva with his wife Parvathi and sons Ganesha & Karthikeya

                                                     Shiva with his consort Parvathi

                                                                            Shiva

                                                                           Shiva



                                                 Shiva with his wife Parvathi and son Ganesha

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