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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chandeshwara Anugrahamurthi, Lord Shiva who saved Chandeshwara

Shiva Jalabhishekam

Chandeshwara Anugrahamurthi is the form of Lord Shiva, where he saves one of his devotees called Chandeshwara. In the epics, it has been often evident that Lord Shiva has saved various devotees who had shown an extraordinary dedication towards him. One of them was Markendeya, who is a child devotee. Lord Shiva had saved the […]

Sadanrityamurti, Lord Shiva as the Master of Dance

Lord Shiva is also called as Sadanrityamurti, as he is the master of Dance and will be in the form of Dancing divine. ‘Nritya’ meaning Dance and ‘Sada’ meaning always, Lord Shiva is also known as origin of the Dances. He is also called as ‘Nataraja’, where ‘Natya’ means Dance. In the epics, it is […]

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 […]

Maha Shivaratri, A day of being awake for Hindus

Every year in the month of February or March as per the Georgian calendar or on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu traditional calendar, Maha Shivratri is one of the foremost and important Hindu festivals. It is grandly celebrated in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is to be […]

Jvarabhagnamurti | Lord Shiva as destroyer of unhealthy state

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Jvarabhagnamurti is the form of Lord Shiva, where he is known as the destroyer of the unhealthy state. This implies he is the Lord of Good health and grants a healthy life in all aspects of life. Lord Shiva is known as the doctor of doctors in many epics. The devotees of Lord Shiva blindly […]

What is Shiva Tattva? How to dissolve in Shiva Tattva?

What is Shiva Tattva? How to dissolve in Shiva Tattva? What is definition of Shiva Tattva and how to learn or understand Shiva Tattva? You ask what is the Shiva Tattva. I tell you, what is it that is not (encompassed or contained by) the Shiva Tattva? We are all immersed in the Shiva Tattva. […]

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 […]

Ugra, Raudra, Samhara Murti: Lord Shiva in ferocious form

Shiva as Ugra Raudra Samhara murthi

Ugra, Raudra or Samhara Murti is one of the forms of Lord Shiva, in which his state of mood is ferocious. The fury of Lord Shiva is terrific and abnormal in its nature. The words Ugra and Raudra give almost the similar meaning as ‘Terrible’. Samhara’ means to kill. It is believed that the ferocity […]

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 […]