For centuries Hindu religious history has gripped the minds of Indians and the Divine incarnation of ‘The Destroyer’, the mighty Lord Shiva has become a vital part of every Hindu’s life. His ideal description is as the epitome of perfection and a silent manifestation of love, justice and humanity.
The God of the Yogis, Shiva brings destruction in the form of death while on the positive side, murders the evil ego in a person. The power of destruction associated with him carries with itself a great purifying power to revive the good in people. Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram stands for Truth, Goodness and Beauty, and the images of Shiva represent complete goodness.
He inculcates in his believers the true importance of meditation and the feeling of joy when one lets go of all earthly attractions. He speaks of a selfless and peaceful life on earth. A divine serenity is cast over the body and mind when one realises the true essence of Shiva’s teachings.
Shiva assumes five forms, namely Aghora (that which resides in cremation grounds), Ishana (the Shivlingam), Tat Purasha (the Meditator), Varna Deva (the eternal God) and Saddyojat (the Wrathful One). Nataraj is yet another commonly worshiped form of the God, one which represents the circle of life and death in the form of dance.
Shiva represents the perfect spouse, who loves his wife unconditionally, manifested in the beautiful pictures of Shiva and Parvati, often painted together in a happy image of intimate embrace. Shiva’s personification is one that captivates the hearts and minds of all and is truly worthy of eternal praise and worship.