Lord Shiva the most powerful of Hindu gods

Lord Shiva is the destroyer, one of the gods of the holy Hindu trinity and is known to be the most powerful. Shiva translates into shakti or power. Mahadev, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraj, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bholenath, Shankar are only some of his thousand names. Shiva lingam or the phallic form is what is worshipped in temples and homes. The tangible illustration of Shiva is also distinctive from the other deities.

Lord Shiva has his hair stacked high on the top of his head along with a crescent moon protruding through his hair banded with beads of rudraksha.

It is believed that the river Ganges tumbles from his locks to prove his ethereal presence that is one with nature. Around his neck is a coiled serpent overhanging its hood over his head. He possesses a trident in his left hand in which is entwined his salient small leather drum. He meditates on the tiger skin laid out amidst his abode on mount Kailash with his water pot on the right. His body smeared with ash is wrapped in tiger skin and eyes forever half shut in deep deliberation to focus on the job at hand. He is often showcased riding upon his favorite bull called Nandi festooned in garlands.

Lord shiva is believed to be at the core of all disbanding forces in the universe owing his responsibility for death and destruction.

Lord shiva dissolves to remake as it is only through death that rebirth of a new life becomes possible. Hence all prevailing shiva juggles life and death and happens to be the most enthralling amongst Hindu gods and goddesses. He is depicted as the absolute ascetic bearing an unruffled and tranquil temperament. Shiva is portrayed to be numbed under the influence of opium and cannabis while being ignorant of the worldly ways. His supreme formless self sadashiv materialized in form exactly at midnight on Mahashivratri. Another most auspicious day of the hindu calendar comes exactly 180 days after shivaratri known as janmashtami when Lord Krishna an incarnation of Lord Vishnu manifested in Gokul also at the stroke of midnight. We come full circle by chronicling a year that is equally divided into two equal halves by separated by these two auspicious days in the Hindu calendar.

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