Kalyanasundara Murthi | Lord Shiva as Bridegroom during the Marriage

Kalyanasundara Murthi, Lord Shiva as bridegroom

Kalyanasundara Murthi is the lord Shiva himself. He is called as Kalyana Sundara Murthi at the time he gets married to Goddess Shakti, when she was in the form of Parvati. Goddess Shakti, as Parvati Devi, was born to Parvata Raja. Parvata Raja is the one of the wealthiest kings on Earth. Parvati was in […]

Kankalamurthi (Gangalamurti): Lord Shiva wearing Skulls, Bones

Shiva Jalabhishekam

Gangalamurti (Kankalamurthi), is the form of Lord Shiva. As the Lord Shiva is known as the destroyer, his immense power to destroy the unrest and evil forces in the human race is highlighted in this form Lord Shiva. He is not only known as the destructor of the evil forces in the human race, but […]

Importance of Lord Shiva’s Trishula

Lord Shiva Trishula

Importance of Lord Shiva’s Trishula, why Shiva holds Trishula, Trident in his hand? What is the importance of Trishula of Lord Shiva? Lord Shiva called as ‘Destroyer’ (Mahadev) has the power to remove evil with his Trishul. Trishul sometimes symbolises – iccha, kriya and gnana. Trident represents the power to destroy evil and ignorance. Trishul […]

Sarveswara | Lord Shiva as the origin of Universe

Lord Shiva is being called as Sarveswara, as he is the cause and origin for this entire Universe and every being on the earth. Lord Shiva is in the form of soul in every being and every object existing in the Universe. There is nothing existing without him or his intervention. It is believed that […]

DakshaYagnaharamurti, Shiva as destroyer of Daksha Yagna

DakshaYagnaharamurti is the form of Lord Shiva, in which he spoils the Yagnya performed by Daksha to insult him and abuse him. This episode is mentioned in one of the epics where Lord Shiva is about to marry Goddess Shakti. In this incident Lord Shiva takes the form of Daksha Yagnaharamurti, rather the form of Veerabhadra, which is […]

Gangavisarjana murti, Lord Shiva who descended Ganga River from his hair

Ganggavisarjanamurti is the Lord Shiva himself, known for releasing Goddess River Ganga from his matted hairs. He is also known as Gangadhara Murthi for bearing Ganga on his head. The Sanskrit word ‘Visarjana’ means to release. Lord Shiva is known for his unique nature, for being only the God who bears Ganga in two ways. […]

Chandrasekhara (Chandramouleshwara Swamy): Lord Shiva wearing Moon on his head

Lord Shiva as Chandrashekhara

Chandrasekhara is one of the forms of Lord Shiva, in which he is referred to the one wearing moon on his head front. It is being referred in many Slokas, Puranas and Pujas related to Lord Shiva. The term ‘Chandra’ is referred to Moon and ‘Sekhara’ is referred to Lord Shiva. While there are many […]

Vignesha Anugrahamurthi, Lord Shiva who saved Ganesha & named him Ganapathi

Vignesha Anugrahamurthi - Shiva with Ganesha

Vigneshaanugrahamurthi is the form of Lord Shiva. He was entitled this name when he saved his own son and named him as Ganapati, by making him the leader of all the Ganas. According to the legend, in Kailash, when Goddess Parvati prepared a toy from the material used for bathing, and imparted life to it, […]

Importance of Bilva Patra, Rudraksha & Vibhudi

Lord Shiva is one among the Trimurtis, and is a great god who safeguards us in our every-day life. He is residing at Kailasa and showers his immense grace on to his devotees. His temples are situated all over the world. The 63 Nayanmar saints praise the glory of Lord Shiva and reside in Kailasa […]

Ekapada Trimurthi, Lord Shiva’s One-footed aspect

Ekapada Trimurthi

Trimurthi is the trinity of three deities Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Ekapada Trimurthi is the form of Lord Shiva where he is described along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu forming the trinity. In Ekapada Trimurthi aspect, the central leg of Shiva is more visible than other two smaller legs of Vishnu and […]

Bhikshatanamurti | Significance of Lord Shiva as Bhikshatana murti

Lord shiva as Bhikshatanamurthi

Bhikshatanamurti is one of the aspects of Lord Shiva. The word Bhikshatanamurthi means Supreme Mendicant. Though the word Mendicant refers to Beggar, it is mostly referred to ascetics, religious followers or supreme sages. There are different kinds of beliefs about the concept of Bhiksatanamurti. Some believe that Lord Shiva roams around the world in the […]

Somaskanda Murti, Lord Shiva with Parvati & Murugan (Skanda / Subramanya)

Somaskandhamurti is one the forms of Lord Shiva, depicted in one of the Puranas relating to the Lord Vishnu. Here the word ‘Soma’ is referred to Lord Shiva and ‘Skandha’ is refrerred to another child God. It has been described in various occasions in the epics that Lord Vishnu had worshipped Lord Shiva, such as […]

Uma Maheshwara, Combined form of Lord Shiva & Parvati

Umamaheshwara Lord Shiva Parvati

Lord Uma Maheshwara is the combined form of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is referred as Uma, where as Lord Shiva is referred as Maheshwara. The word Uma means Light and the Goddess of Mountains in Sanskrit. The word Maheshwara means the Lord Shiva himself, or the Lord of higher order. The Bonding […]

Ardhanarishvara Shiva | Half-female & Half-male form of Lord Shiva

Ardhanarishvara

Ardhanarishvara Shiva is a composite half-female and half-male form of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati Mata. The right half in Ardhanarishwara is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his usual attributes. This form represents how Shakti, the Mother Goddess, is inseparable from Lord Shiva, the Lord of the Lords. Ardhanarishvara form in Puranas Ardhanarishvara form […]

Bhairavamurti, Shiva as Lord Bhairava

Bhairavamurti is considered as Lord Shiva in some ethics and considered as the power of Lord Shiva in others. However, the word Bhairava means the Anger form of Lord Shiva or the ultimate power of Lord Shiva. The Bhairavamurthi is considered as the most ferocious Gods in Hinduism, according to the Beliefs of Shaivism. The […]

Sukhasana Murti – Lord Shiva as a Yogi

Sukhasanamurti is one of the forms of Lord Shiva, in which he is referred to a Yogi. In this form, Lord Shiva poses a posture, in which he is performing Yoga in a manner he relaxes himself and does the meditation. ‘Sukha’ refers to the pleasing state of mind and body. ‘Asana’ refers to the […]

Lord Nandi, Nandeeshwara | Guardian of Kailasa

Nandi is the guardian of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva and also he serves as the mount to Lord Shiva. Almost in all Shiva temples, the statue of Lord Nandi will be there, before in front of Lord Shiva’s shrine. Nandi worship exists for several thousands of years. Nandi is the son of the […]

Sadashiva & Mahasadashiva: Highest Form of Lord Shiva

Sadashiva is the one of the forms of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Sadashiva is the highest form of Lord Shiva, which has which depicts a deeper philosophy of spiritualism, humanism and existence of God. The form of Sadashiva is also known with the other names like Paramashiva and Parameshwara, both of them giving […]

Dakshinamurthy | Lord Jnana Dakshinamurthi | Medho Dakshinamurthy

Lord Dakshinamurthy

Lord Dakshinamurthy, also referred to as Jnana Dakshinamurthi or Medho Dakshinamurthy, is an aspect of Shiva as a Guru who teaches us the knowledge or Jnana and improves our Medho or Medha shakti (mind power). The aspect of Dakshinamurthy represents Lord Shiva as the universal teacher of wisdom apart from his regular duty of dissolution […]