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 […]

Significance of Ardhanarishvara | Lord Shiva’s Half Man-Woman form

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What is the Significance of Ardhanarishvara, Lord Shiva’s Half Man-Woman form? The importance of Ardhanarishvara Tathwa of Lord Shiva is mentioned here.. As the name Ardhanariswara means “Half Man-Woman”, it is the composite form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is depicted as half male and half female, right side male Shiva and left side […]

Ashok Sundari, Daughter of Lord Shiva & Parvati

Goddess Ashok Sundari is daughter of Lord Shiva and Parvati Devi. The name ‘Ashok Sundari’ means – ‘beautiful woman who is free from sorrow’ or the one who frees the sorrows from her devotees. Story of the birth of Ashok Sundari Once Goddess Parvati Devi went near a Kalpavriksha and wished the a beautiful girl […]

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 […]

Ananda Thandava Moorthy | Lord Shiva in Blissful Dancing Form

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Lord Shiva is also known as Ananda Thandava Moorthy, since he joyfully performs dance from his holy abode Kailash, by squeezing the dwarf demon Muyalakan on his left foot, in order to remove the ignorance from his mind, and also to give great spiritual pleasure to him. Lord Shiva also happily dances in order share […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jalandhara Katha | Story of demon Jalandhar, battle of Lord Shiva & Jalandhar

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Story of demon Jalandhar, battle of Lord Shiva & Jalandhar. What is the story of Lord Vishnu and Jalandhara. Jalandhara’s war against Lord Shiva. His boon from Lord Vishnu. Jalandhar was the powerful demon born out of the brilliant radiance of Lord Shiva. He was the King of demons who lived in the sea and […]

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 […]

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?

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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 […]

Shiva Pooja

Shiva Puja is an ancient practice adopted by the Hindus, wherein which, Shiva devotees used to worship Lord Siva whole heartedly by various methods like doing puja, offering flowers and Bilva leaves, doing meditation and performing abhishekam to the holy Shiva Lingam. In ancient Puranas, we can find that lot of demons and kings have […]

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 […]

Layakaara, Lord Shiva as Destroyer

Shiva as Ugra Raudra Samhara murthi

Lord Shiva is also known as Layakaara. The word ‘Laya’ in Sanskrit means Rhythm or a rhythmic cycle. Lord Shiva is called as Layakaara because he is the one who creates the Crests and Troughs in life, which make the very essence of the livelihood. The Divine Trio comprises of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Lord […]

Gangadhara | Lord Shiva who wears Ganga on his head

Lord Gangadhara is the other name of Lord Shiva, acquired because he wore the sacred River Ganga on his head. The term Gangadhara means the one who is bearing Ganga. Sacred river ganga forms one of the attributes of Lord Shiva’s possessions in the top most part of his head, the other being the Moon […]

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. […]

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 […]