Who is lord Shiva?

One of the chief gods in the Hindu pantheon is Lord Shiva who is largely considered as the “the Auspicious One” in Hinduism. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, Lord Shiva is part and parcel of the Trinity or Trimurti. Lord Shiva is considered as “the destroyer”, Lord Vishnu is considered as “the Preserver” and Brahma is considered as “the Creator”.

It is to be remembered that in Hinduism, Lord Shiva has several titles and different names that is regionally and locally popular among the devotees across India and abroad. According to the Vedas, Lord Shiva is known primarily as Rudra “the Terrible One”or “the Howler (Roarer)”. It is to be also highly noted that Lord Shiva is known as “the destroyer”. On the other hand, Lord Shiva is also greatly associated with procreation. The Lord is worshiped as sacred phallus or the linga.

It is to be remembered that Lord Shiva sometimes has four faces and arms plus 3 eyes. Among the 3 eyes, one eye is placed as third in the center of his forehead which has the power to emit balls of destructive fir to destroy anything in the universe. The eyes are represented as three horizontal lines on the forehead. It is to be noted that Lord Shiva sports snakes around his neck and wears animal skin. Lord Shiva was a contemplative ascetic before marrying Goddess Parvati. She is Lord Shiva’s wife. They have two sons named Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. Lord Shiva’s personal vehicle is Nandi, a milk-white bull who regarded as the guardian of four-legged creatures.

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