There is a reason Shiva is called ‘The Devo ke Dev-Mahadev’. Lord Shiva is also one of the three most influential male deities in Hinduism – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Together with Brahma and Vishnu, Lord Shiva represents the Trimurti. Lord Brahma is known as the creator, Lord Vishnu is known as the preserver and Shiva was the destroyer. He is accountable for the destruction of the world. Lord Shiva (Bholenath) is often depicted as having a temper, but is mostly seen in a meditative state.
Here are some of his qualities and facts that make Lord Shiva an unconventional as well as interesting Hindu deity.
Destinations where Shiva sacrificed snake and moon from his body
There are two ways for Amarnath journey i.e Pahalgam and Sonmarg Baltal. According to common belief, Lord Shiva took the Pahalgam route to reach the cave.
In Sheshnag, Lord Shiva dropped the snake from his neck. There is also a lake of blue water here, which proves that this is the place of Sheshnag. It is 12 kms from Chandanbadi (Lord Shiva sacrificed the moon from his head here).
Story behind Lord Shiva’s vehicle Nandi, The Bull
The mother of all cows (Surabhi) started giving birth to many cows who started flooding Kailash with milk. Shiva became very furious at this and used his third eye to destroy many of them.
All Gods then sought to offer Nandi (the son of Surabhi & Kasyapa) the magnificent bull to Lord Shiva.
Why Shiva has blue throat (Neelkanth)
During Samudra Manthan, the ocean of the milk was being churned by the devas and asuras order to obtain ‘Amrit’. A poisonous substance known as ‘Halahala’ came from the seas and started to killing both Gods and Demon
All ran to God Brahma who then requested Lord Shiva to help. Shiva consumed the poison to save the world. Immediately goddess Parvati stopped the poison in his throat, making his throat blue. Since then, he is known as ‘Viskantha’ and ‘Neelkantha’.
Third eye of Shiva
His left eye is the first eye, the right eye is the second and the verticle one in the subtle form. Just above the midpoint of the eyebrows is the third one. Lord Shankar is three-eyed means He can perceive events in the past, present and future as well.
Mahashivratri celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lord of Dance or the Nataraja
He is also known as Nataraja, which means “Dance King”. Shiva dance indicates the destruction of the universe. It is called ‘Tandava’.
Mahashivratri celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Mythology- Why did Goddess Kali step on Shiva’s chest?
There was once a very powerful demon known as Rakta Beej. This demon had acquired a boon that he could duplicate himself as soon as his drop of blood touched the Earth. Shakti in the form of Goddess Durga came to kill the demon.
Many armies of Rakta Beej were formed by the puddles of blood which fell on Earth. Enraged by this, the Devi took the form of Kali.
She slayed each demon and drank his blood immediately. Soon she forgot that she had killed all demons and became uncontrollable. She started slaying innocents. Gods became very furious and asked Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva went and lay down among the corpses where the Goddess Kali was dancing.
She stepped on Shiva and soon realised her mistake. Her tongue immediately came out of embarrassment. She was ashamed that her madness had prevented her from recognizing her own husband. Thus, She came back to her original form.
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