Shiv-kruti – 11 Facts about Lord Shiva

On the occassion of Mahesh Navami, I dedicate this blog of mine to Lord Shiva and I would like to share some facts about the Lord and some pictures of my makeover as Lord Shiva. Read on to find out and let me know how my makeover was!! – Aakruti <3

  1. In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is known as the Destroyer and is the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma, the Creator and Vishnu, the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around himself, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.
  2. Lord Shiva is no ordinary god. He is very mysterious and his ways can never be interpreted by the earthly norms and definitions. He performs multiple roles and wields a mighty power over the universe. He takes delight in occupying crematory grounds and his favorite dress code is animal skin with skull garlands.
  3. Though Lord Shiva is known as a ferocious god, he has another mysterious side – he is known to spend long periods of time in deep meditation in the lofty Himalayas. This absolute silence and stillness on one hand and the vibrant and ferocious exploits on the other hand, makes it very hard to understand what his original nature is.
  4. When Shiva is found engaged in his cosmic dance – The Tandava, it is symbolic of the triumph of Truth over ignorance and impermanence. This eternal dance is so elevating and energizing that the entire universe sends every created particle into a strong vibration, thus adding life into matter. Lord Shiva’s dance dispels the clouds of ignorance and instills a faith, hope and wisdom. It banishes the sufferings of his followers and makes them find the light inside their beings.
  5. When Lord Shiva is found engaged in his divine cosmic dance, he projects all the five elements with him including the earth, water, fire, air and the sky depicted respectively in the form of the seat of his dance, the flowing Ganges, the fire from his palm, the deer symbolizing the air and the cosmic space in which he executes his ecstatic dance.
  6. Once, Lord Shiva saved the gods, demons and the world from destruction by swallowing the poison called Halahal that emanated from the oceans while they churned it together in pursuit of the ambrosia that would bestow immortality. When the fumes of the deadly poison started scorching all that was around, Lord Shiva effortlessly deputed one of his manifestations to collect the poison and immediately swallowed it thereby saving the worlds. Thus, he is also called ‘Nilakantha) (blue throat).
  7. One of Shiva’s greatest services to the world was to tame the mighty Ganga river. Once upon a time, the Ganga used to traverse through the heavens only, leaving the earth parched and dry. When a wise man changed the course of the river, it threatened to become a raging torrent which would certainly flood the earth. However, Shiva stood in the way of the heavens and the earth and captured Ganga in his thick locks, thereby stemming its flow.
  8. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of the linga – some of which are jyotirlingas – at numerous places across India. The Linga, a sign of masculinity, symbolises Shiva’s role in the creation, sustainance and withdrawal of the Universe.
  9. The Rudra form of Lord Shiva denotes “the wild one” or the fierce god. Yet, Shiva is also known as Sambhu, or the one who causes happiness.
  10. It is believed that Hanuman is the eleventh avatar of Lord Shiva.
  11. The snake around Shiva’s neck reinforces a sense of stillness.
    The mountains, snow and the snake around Lord Shiva’s neck is a symbol representing his sense of calmness. Self-contained and content, Shiva is a symbol of calm and peace.

So readers, what do you think about this makeover ??

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