The one who has no beginning, the one who has no end
among all the confusions, the Creator of all,
of the complex structure, the One embracer of the universe…
by knowing Him, one is discharged from all shackles.
SHIVA – THE GOD OF DESTRUCTION
Shiva is connected with “destruction”, this term is related to Shiva’s cosmic entity can be deceiving. Regularly Lord Shiva crushes negative existences, for example, evil, ignorance, and death.
Additionally, it is the demolition made by Lord Shiva that takes into account positive recreation. For instance, a craftsman may dissolve down (i.e., demolish) old bits of metal during his procedure of making a wonderful bit of workmanship.
It is thus that Shiva holds an integral job to Brahma, the divine force of creation. Shiva secures spirits until they are prepared for entertainment because of Brahma. On account of his associations with destruction, Lord Shiva is one of the most dreaded and highly worshipped divinities in Hinduism.
In any case, as indicated by Hinduism, creation pursues obliteration. Subsequently, Shiva is likewise viewed as a regenerative power, which reestablishes what has been broken down. As one who reestablishes, he is spoken to as the linga or phallus, an image of recovery.
SHIVA IS IN THE WORLD AND IN THE SAME TIME HE IS BEYOND THE WORLD
There was nothing when the universe emerged, neither the paradise nor the earth nor any space in the middle. So non-being, having chosen to be, moved toward becoming the soul and stated: “Let me become!”. He warmed himself, and from this was conceived fire. He warmed himself further still and from this was brought into the world light.
He is the never-made maker of all: He knows all. He is unadulterated awareness, the maker of time, absolute, all-knowing. He is the Lord of the spirit and nature and the three states of nature. From Him comes the transmigration of life and freedom, servitude in time and opportunity in forever.
Some know him as Shiva the “all being”. Others acclaim him as the Destroyer. For some he is Shiva the Ascetic, meandering the world. Furthermore, for other people, still, he is the Great Lord, ruler of all creation.
In any case, it is like Lord of the Dance that every one of his viewpoints meets up in one huge structure. No place else in the human world is there a more clear image of what a divine being is and does.
He has 1,008 names, including Mahadeva (the incredible god), Mahesh, Rudra, Neelkantha (the blue-throated one), and Ishwar (the preeminent god). He is likewise called Mahayogi, or the extraordinary parsimonious, who symbolizes the most astounding type of somber compensation and unique reflection, which results in salvation.
Shiva has a thousand names and a thousand countenances. Shiva is the pith of the Vedas and the wellspring of the Word. He is inseparably woven into all that the eye can see.
He is the first among the divine forces of this world, who made the world with the goal that others could make the things in it. Vitality is his name, and he travels through all things, never static.
All that is made, each age of life, all the wondrous structures that fill our reality, all stream from his moving flanks. He isn’t male, nor female. He is neither human nor barbaric. He has four arms, and he has none. Shiva’s tendency without a moment’s delay rises above and incorporates every one of the polarities of the living scene.
SHIVA – THE DARK-SKINNED ASCETIC WITH A BLUE THROAT
Shiva is accepted to exist in numerous structures. His most regular delineation is as a dim cleaned austere with a blue throat. Typically situated leg over leg on a tiger skin, Shiva’s hair is tangled and wound on his head, enhanced with a snake and a sickle moon. Ganga flows through the top of his head and comes to earth.
Shiva has four arms and three eyes. The third eye, in his brow, is constantly shut and when it opens, it destroys whatever there is in front of it. A garland of skulls, rudraksha beads, or a snake hanging on his neck. Shiva likewise wears winds as armlets and wristbands.
The snake race, detested and dreaded by every other animal, found a position of respect on Shiva’s neck, essentially due to the reason that he was moved by their bhakti.
In one hand, Shiva holds his Trishul, the Pinaka. The Trishul more often than not has a damru or waisted drum attached to it. In another hand, he holds a conch shell, and in the third, a rudraksha rosary, a club, or a bow.
One hand is generally vacant, brought up in a motion of gift and security. Different focus to his feet, where the devotee is guaranteed of salvation.
He wears a tiger or panther skin around his abdomen, and his chest area is normally uncovered, however, spread with fiery debris or generally known as “Raakh”, as befits a plain. His third eye is accepted to have shown up when Parvati( Parvati, the goddess of intensity, is Shiva’s enormous partner), feeling fun-loving, hid his eyes with her hands”.
The universe became dark and unstable, life was dying. To re-establish order and peace, Shiva opened his third eye from his forehead from which rose flame to reestablish order and peace.
The light from this eye is accepted to be extremely amazing, and therefore it is damaging. Shiva opens his third eye only when he is furious, and the guilty party is scorched to ashes.
As indicated by the Shiva Purana, Shiva is said to have five faces, relating to his five undertakings, the panchakriya: creation, foundation, destruction, obscurity, and beauty. His five faces are related to the formation of the sacrosanct syllable Om.
THE SHIVA’S RESIDENCE IS THE MOUNT KAILASH
Shiva is said to live on Mount Kailash, a mountain in the Himalayas. His vehicle is Nandi the bull and his weapon, the Trishul. Shiva’s is the husband of Parvati, who is known to be a part of Shiva. One of the most prominent types of Shiva is that of Ardhanarishvara.
As per a story in the Puranas, Brahma was fruitless at creation. He appeased Shiva who took this structure and isolated Parvati from his body. Parvati has numerous manifestations, similar to Kali, Durga, and Uma. Their children are Kartikeya and Ganesha.
Shiva is accepted to have an enormous number of chaperons, called ganas. These fanciful creatures have human bodies with creature heads. Shiva’s child Ganesha is the leader of the ganas.
Over the Hindu nation, there are several sanctuaries and holy places devoted to Shiva. He is typically loved as a shivalinga. He is venerated by offering blooms, milk, and sandalwood glue.
WHY SHIVA HAS HIS THROAT BLUE?
There are numerous accounts in the Puranas about the starting point of Shiva. As per the Vishnu Purana, toward the start of this Kalpa, Brahma needed a kid and contemplated for one.
By and by, a kid showed up on his lap and began crying. At the point when asked by Brahma for what good reason he was crying, the youngster answered that it was on the grounds that he didn’t have a name. Brahma at that point named him Rudra, signifying “howler”.
Anyway, the youngster cried seven additional occasions and was given seven additional names. Shiva subsequently has eight structures: Rudra, Sarva, Bhava, Ugra, Bhima, Pashupati, Ishana, and Mahadeva, which, as per the Shiva Purana, relate to the earth, water, fire, wind, sky, a yogi called Kshetragya, the sun, and the moon individually.
During the Samudramanthan, when the toxin was produced of the sea, Shiva is said to have gulped it to spare the world from annihilation. As he drank the toxic substance, Parvati fastened his throat firmly with the goal that the toxin stayed there and obscured his neck. Along these lines, he is known as Neelkantha, the blue-necked one. Because his neck is blue, he got the name of Neelkanth.
NATARAJA – THE LORD OF DANCE
Shiva is the maker of dance and of the initial 16 cadenced syllables at any point articulated, from which the Sanskrit language was conceived. His move of resentment is known as the RudraTandava and his move of euphoria, the AnandaTandava.
Every one of the divine beings and sages was available when he previously moved the NadantaTandava, a typically energetic move, and they implored him to move once more.
Shiva vowed to do as such in the hearts of his lovers and in a consecrated forest in Tamil Nadu, where the extraordinary sanctuary of Chidambaram was manufactured, the just one in all India committed to Shiva as Nataraja, the master of dance.
It is accepted that on the thirteenth day of each beautiful lunar fortnight (see Hindu Calendar), after 6 p.m., falls a sacrosanct hour called Pradosha.
Revering Shiva as of now is much the same as venerating every one of the forces of Shiva, for this is the point at which every one of the divine beings is accepted to have amassed on Kailash to lose them in the joy of Nataraja’s move.
He is known as the dancer of creation, the move of obliteration, the move of comfort and freedom. Underneath his left foot obliviousness is squashed; from his head springs the nurturing waters.
His are the blazes, the moon, the drum, and the lotus. His mount is the white bull, and the tiger has given its skin to brace his flanks. Snakes loop about his appendages, and from his correct hand streams the guarantee of discharge.
This dance isn’t only an image. It happens inside every one of us at the nuclear level at each minute. The introduction of the world, its perseverance, its decimation, the covering of the spirit and its disclosure… these are the five demonstrations of this dance. The total of what that has been caused will be unmade, and the total of what that has been annihilated will be restored.