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 […]

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 […]

Principle behind Shiva Linga

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What is the principle behind the Shiva Linga? On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, an interesting discussion between Sri Sri Ravishankar and one of his disciples at Satsang of Art of Living is given here… To the above question raised by one of his disciples, Guruji replied… Love is Shiva. The substance which is everywhere […]

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 […]

Chandeshwara Anugrahamurthi, Lord Shiva who saved Chandeshwara

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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 […]

Lingodbhavamurti, Lord Shiva’s iconic form

Lingodbhavamurti form of Lord Shiva

Lingodbhavamurti is an iconic representation of Lord Shiva. It can be said that this is the basis of Shiva Linga Worship. It is being worshipped as the central deity in all the Shaivite temples. According to the Legend, there exists a story which depicts the origin of Linga. This Story is found in the epics […]

Ravana Anugrahamurthi | Lord Shiva who blessed demon Ravanasura

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Ravanaanugrahamurthi is none other Lord Shiva himself. This name says that he showered his grace on the demon king Ravana in the epic Ramayana. Ravana is one of the profound devotees of Lord Shiva. It is said that demon Ravana is the foremost devotee to Lord Shiva ever in the history. He is the only […]

Jalandharavatamurti, Lord Shiva as Destroyer of Demon Jalandhara

Jalandharavatamurti is the form of Lord Shiva, as he destroyed the demon called Jalandhara. Lord Shiva has gained numerous titles by demolishing many demons in the history. Click Here to read the complete story of demon Jalandhara – his battle with Lord Shiva, story of Vrinda and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is known for granting the […]

Bhujangastra Murthi, Lord Shiva with Serpent as weapon

Bhujangastra murthi is the form of Lord Shiva, where he uses Serpent as the weapon. The Serpent is well known as one of the main Ornaments of Lord Shiva. But in some circumstances, Lord Shiva has made the Serpent as one of the most dangerous weapons. The Serpent as the weapon is also called as […]

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. […]

Why should a devotee visit Lord Shiva Temple?

Shiva is one of the most prominent Hindu deities and known as “Destroyer” among Trimurti. The temples of Shiva can be found every city of India. Kashi, the most sacred city of India is said to be the favourite of Shiva. Prominently Shiva is worshipped as in the form of Lingam (phallus) rather than his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Panchamukha Shiva, Panchanana Shiva: Five Aspects of Lord Shiva

Panchamukha Shiva or Panchanana Shiva - Five-headed Shiva

Panchamukha Shiva, also known as Panchanana Shiva, is an image or idol of Lord Shiva with five faces. As five is the sacred number for Lord Shiva, five mantras and syllables represent him. These five mantras also signify the five heads of Shiva. Each head has a particular name and specific Shakti (power) is associated […]