The Legend of Lord ShivaThe enigmatic lord, Lord Shiva symbolizes Divine ‘Shakti’ (Power). Lord Shiva is also known as Mahadeva (Great God) and is one of the three deities of Hinduism the others being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is identified as the destroyer but there is so much to Lord Shiva than can not be conveyed in this simple interpretation.
Shiva means “that which is not”. Lord Shiva is ‘Anant’ (endless). According to Hinduism the Universe is born out of Shiva’s Lap and one day will dissolve into the same. Lord Shiva is the absolute God in Shivism which is one of the four sects of Hinduism.
Lord Shiva had many forms - Adiyogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava and Rudra. In his savage form he was seen executing demons. In his compassionate Yogi form he lived on Mount Kailash with his consort Parvati and his two sons Ganesha and Kartikeya.
The Linga is the most common form of Lord Shiva worship. It is a sign of masculinity, defines the role of Lord Shiva in creation, sustenance and withdrawal of the Universe. It is the sign of masculinity, symbolizes Lord Shiva’s role in the creation, support, maintenance and withdrawal of the Universe. In Yoga, the Linga is seen as the first form that came into existence and the last form before dissolution.
His iconic attributes were –the crescent moon on the top of His matted hair, the third eye on His forehead, the snake Vasuki rolled around His neck, the Holy river Ganga flowing through His hair, His weapon the Trishula(trident) and His musical instrument Damaru.