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 […]

Who is the Most Powerful God – Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu?

Both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu contain great powers, and we could see in some pictures, that Lord Shiva worships Lord Vishnu, whereas, in some pictures, we could see Lord Vishnu worships Lord Shiva. The union of both of these two powerful gods are known as “SANKARANARAYANAN”, and a popular temple is dedicated for both […]

Is Lord Shiva a Ferocious God?

No. Lord Shiva is not at all a ferocious god, but he is our precious god. He contains very soft nature, and he shows his utmost love and affection on his devotees. We would have noticed in the Shaivite texts that some Shiva devotees, out of their true Shiva Bhakti, have gone to the extent […]

Lord Shiva Songs by Agastya Maharshi

Agastya is an ancient sage and he is also considered as one among the 18 Siddhars. He was mentioned in Puranas and also in some ancient Tamil Holy Texts, and his statue can be found in some temples along with his consort Ma Lopamudra. Some portion of Vedic texts was dedicated to Rishi Agastya and […]

Yoni and Lingam, the Symbols of Ma Shakti & Lord Shiva

Yoni and Lingam represents the forms of Lord Shiva and Ma Shakti. Yoni and Lingam are the sexual organs of the females and males respectively, and there is no need to feel bad to talk about it, since only with these organs, the creation work is still going and going and humans are also helping […]

Inviting Lord Shiva to our Home on Mondays

Monday is the most auspicious day for worshipping Lord Shiva, and also we can gladly invite Lord Shiva to our homes. We can worship Lord Shiva in Lingam form also by keeping a small Shiva Lingam in our home. But for keeping a Shiva Lingam in our puja room, we have to observe strict cleanliness […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Importance of Lord Shiva’s Trishula

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

108 Forms of Lord Shiva | Maheshvara Murtis

Here is the list of 108 Forms of Lord Shiva (Maheshvara Murthis). As per Shaiva Siddhantha, there are 108 forms of Lord Shiva which are called Maheshwara Murthis. This list of 108 forms includes the anthropomorphic forms (iconic forms) and not the avataras (incarnations). These Maheshvara Murtis are secondary forms to the primary ones like Shivalingam. […]