Shiva. Who is shiva? Where does he come from? Where does he live? Where does he stand in the Hinduism rank of deities? What role does he play in the lives of the Hindu sects? How crucial is his part in Hindu history, mythology, and folklore? On this auspicious occasion of Shivaratri let’s learn about shiva and his lores. And a great piece of information Shiva the name itself means “the auspicious one”. What a great start to our journey. Isn’t it?

Hindu God: True Story of lord Shiva

Shiva is also known as Mahadev hails as the king of all gods. His name Mahadev itself defines his stature as the lord of the god. His name Mahadev the part maha defines greatest and dev defines as a god that all together means as “the greatest of the gods”. Now let’s go deeper into both the history and myth of shiva and learn about the existence of this prominent Hindu god. Shiva is also known as “The destroyer” among the Trimurti. The Hindu trinity or Trimurti includes Bramha, Vishnu, and shiva. 

According to Shivite shiva is the supreme god who creates protects and destroyed at times he acts as the creator, protector, and destroyer. As per the Shakta tradition, the goddess or Devi is described as one of the supreme, yet Shiva is revered along the and with Vishnu and Brahma. Shiva is the primal atman of the universe. He as the destroyer and protector has his pure share of benevolent and fearsome descriptions. As a benevolent being, he lives like an omniscient yogi on the mountains of Kailash as well as a holder with Mata Parvati and his two sons Ganesh and Kartikeya. But in his fierce form, he has usually seen slaying demons and protecting dharma.

A few of shiva’s iconic attributes include a serpent around his neck and a crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair. The third eye on his forehead. The Trishul or the trident as his weapon and the damaru. He is usually worshipped in the aniconic form of lingam. Shiva is a pan-Hindu deity revered widely by Hindu in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. 

Who is the father of Lord Shiva?

No one knows who shiva’s father and mother are. Shiva is swayambhu. He created himself. His existence from time is immemorial. Shiva in his absolute form has no birth or death. He is eternally living, everlasting. Every element of creations material as well as spiritual has emanated from his body.

Story Behind lord Shiva’s birth

Shiva Crescent Moon

Bramha created qualities such as self-deception, the sense of death, anger after frustration, the sense of false ownership, and illusionary bodily conception or forgetfulness of one’s real identity. These qualities which will actively influence the conditioned souls in the age of kali made Brahma guilty. So to get rid of this displeasure of that sense he begged the supreme Lord to cleanse and purify him of this displeasure.

He created four great sages as his son named Tanaka, Sananda, Sanatana, and Sanat-kumara. These songs have no desire to marry and filled the universe with progenies. But they disobeyed their father, causing much anger in his four heads with uncontrollable wrath. He generated a child of red and blue hue from between his eyebrows. That child was named Rudra. He was placed in the heart, senses, air of life, the sky, the fire, the earth, the sun, the moon. That how shiva was born but there are many other stories that contain the beliefs about his birth or his manifestation into existence. 

The significance of Maha Shivratri is described by many legends. According to some legends, this is the night when lord shiva and maa Parvati got married. A different legend states that the offering to Shiva icons such as linga is an annual occasion to get over past sins if any, to restart on a virtuous path and thereby reach Mount Kailash and liberation.

Story of Samudra Manthan

Shiva Samudra Manthan

Another legend states that on this particular day lord shiva gulped the halahala produced during Samudra Manthan which throat blue which made him named Neel Kanta. Rudra and Agni have a close relationship. Rudra being another incarnation of god himself. As Agni, himself is the deity of fire and fire himself in his ultimate form and also as a sign of wrath fearsome emotion, and destruction. It also somehow represents the god of destruction.

In legends, Agni also said to be a bull and lord shiva possesses a bull as a Mount, Nandi. The horns of Agni who sometimes characterized as a bull. Both agni and the form of Shiva known as Bhairava have flaming hair as special features. Both Indra and shiva are associated with mountains, rivers , male fertility,fierceness, fearlessness, warfare , the transgression of established mores, the aum sound, the supremeself.

Fact behind celebrating Shivratri

Shivaratri is celebrated solemnly and marks a remembrance of overcoming fear, vice, darkness, and other forms of ignorance and becoming one with the universe. Devotees who celebrate Shivratri perform chanting prayer, fasting, and meditation on ethics and virtues such as honesty, non-injury to other, charity forgiveness, and discovery. Fun fact the origin date is still unknown about Shivratri. Shivratri falls on Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna paksha in the month of Magha and in other parts of India on 13/14 night of Krishna paskha in Phalguna of Hindu calendar.

This Shivratri let’s be one shiva and channel our inner yogi and start learning about the truth of oneself and the true identity.


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