Lord Shiva, the main deity of Hinduism

Lord Shiva is affiliated with Trimurti that is Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. The abode of this lord is Mount Kailāsa in the Himalayan range in Northen India. The Lord mantra is Om Namah Shivaya and the weapon in His hand is Trishula or Trident. His consorts are Parvati and Sati. His mount is Nandi or bull.

According to the religious scholars and pundits, Shiva means auspicious one. The Lord is one of the popular Hindu deities who is largely considered as “The Destroyer” or “The Transformer”. The Lord has a significant role among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity (Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma) of the primary aspects of the divine.

Lord Shiva is regionally known as Sivan in Southern India. The Lord is regarded as the Supreme God. In Hinduism, one of the three most influential denominations is Shaivism and Lord Shiva is its main God. In the Smarta tradition, one of the five primary forms of God is Lord Shiva. In the aniconic form of lingam, Shiva is usually worshipped by the Hindus.

The Lord is largely described as an omniscient yogi. He lives an ascetic life in the Himalaya. His wife is Goddess Parvati. They have two children, they are Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God and Lord Kartikeya who is also known as Lord Murugan in South India.  The Lord is depicted often with his wife and children, immersed in deep meditation or as the Cosmic Dancer. The Lord is largely depicted as the slaying demons.

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