Kiratamurti, Lord Shiva as Hunter (Shiva Presented Pashupathastra to Arjuna)

Kiratamurti is the form of Lord Shiva where he appears as the hunter in the epic of Mahabharata. The cause behind this form of Kiratamurthi is to present Arjuna the most powerful weapon called Pashupatastra. Lord Shiva grants this weapon to Arjuna, because of the fact that Arjuna needs to accumulate the strength of divine […]

Kankalamurthi (Gangalamurti): Lord Shiva wearing Skulls, Bones

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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 […]

Thiruvathirai and Lord Shiva

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Thiruvathirai is one of the 27 star goddesses and she is the consort of Lord Chandra Bhagavan, and she is situated far away from the earth.Devotees would worship Lord Shiva in the famous Shiva Temples like Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and Thiruvalangadu Shiva Temple during Margazhi month, on the Thiruvadirai festival day. During the time of […]

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 […]

Significance of Kali standing on top of Shiva

Significance of Kali standing on top of Shiva. What is the significance of Goddess Kali standing on Lord Shiva. Why Kali keeps foot on Lord Shiva. Kali is symbolic of enormous transformative energy; energy of destruction. When that stood on the Shiva Tattva, it became Bhadrakali, which means, the energy which only brings benevolent results. The […]

Shiva is called Bhoothnath (Lord of the Ghosts). Do ghosts really exist?

If you ask me whether Shiva exists, I can answer, yes! But I don’t know about the ghosts around him (laughter). Yes ghosts do exist but they are not different from him. They are in him. The 5 elements are known as the Panchabhutas. So Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Space are collectively called the […]

Shivalingam

Shivalingam

Lord Shiva is usually worshipped in the form of Lingam. Lingam worship is famous since ancient times, and if we read Ramayana, we can know that Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of Shivalingam in Rameswaram Temple, Tamil Nadu. Similarly Markandeya Maharishi, Vibhishana and Ravana also worshipped Shiva in the form of […]

Lord Shiva is the Motivating Force for us

Lord Shiva is the supreme god, and he acts as a motivational force for us. Most of us think that Lord Shiva is an angry god, and he would get anger frequently, but he has showed calmness and maintained patience with everyone, and gave his blessings even to the wicked demons also.We have to follow […]

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 […]

Halahala | Kalakuta | Poison formed in Samudra Manthan

Halahala is a type of powerful poison which was formed from the milk ocean, when the demigods in the heaven and the demons were churned the holy milk ocean, in order to get the divine nectar, also called as Amirtha, to attain immortality. While churning the milk ocean, the demigods used the Snake God Vasuki […]

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 […]

Shiva Loka | Abode of Lord Shiva

The abode of Lord Shiva is known as Shiva Loka or Mount Kailash. He is considered to be one of the main deities of Hinduism. The Holy Shiva Purana tells us about his significance and about the Shiva bhakti of his devotees. He is the father of Bharatanatyam Dance, and he is worshipped as Lord […]

Significance of Damru, Trishul and Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s head

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What is the significance of Damru (drum), Trishul (trident) and the crescent moon on Lord Shiva’s head? What is the importance of Lord Shiva’s attributes? To this question, let’s hear the explanation from Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living in his own words… Shiva tatva is where there is no mind, and the Moon […]

Shiva | Lord Shiva | Mahadeva | Shankara | Bholenath | Neelkanth

Lord Shiva is a popular god in Hinduism, and he is known as Mahadeva, Maheswara, Nataraja, Shankara and by several other names. He is considered as the supreme god, and he is one of the Trimurtis. He contains an attractive face with a glittering body, used to wear snakes as ornaments,and used to apply the […]

Yoga Dakshinamurthi

Yoga Dakshinamurthy

Yoga dakshinamurthi is the form of Lord Shiva. Dakshinamurthi means ‘one who is facing south’  and Yoga is the art of being healthy in both physical and spiritual norms. It is believed that this form is the personification of Lord Shiva, where he represents knowledge, understanding and ultimate awareness. He is worshipped as the Lord […]

Why is Lord Shiva called Bholenath?

Bhujanga Lalita Murthy Lord Shiva

Why is Lord Shiva called Bholenath? Lord Shiva is bhola (innocent) so He is called Bholenath (meaning the innocent One). He is easily pleased, and gives a boon to anyone who asks Him with love, and then He Himself gets caught into trouble (when the seeker of the boon misuses it or uses it against […]

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 […]

Haryardhamurti (Sankaranarayana): Lord Shiva who is represented with Vishnu

Haryardhamurti Sankaranarayana Lord Shiva with Vishnu

Haryardhamurti is one of forms in which Lord Shiva is represented along with other deities. In this form, he is represented along with none other than Lord Vishnu. The right side of the body has Lord Shiva and the left side has Lord Vishnu. This form is called as ‘Sankaranarayana’, where Sankara meaning Shiva and […]

Story of Lord Shiva’s Atmalingam and Ravana

Story of Lord Shiva’s Atmalingam and Ravana tells us how Lord Ganesha has played the spoil sport to prevent Ravana becoming more powerful.. Once Ravana by his musical skill pleased Lord Shiva, Blessing him Lord Shiva gave a Shiva Linga (Athma Linga)and asked Ravana to take it Sri Lanka and preserve it there. He told […]