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108 Most Famous Temples of Shiva – A Must Visit

Shiva meaning “The Auspicious One” is one of the three major deities of Hinduism. He is worshiped as the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism and is also called “the Creator, the Preserver, the Transformer and the Destroyer”. At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as formless, limitless, transcendent, and unchanging. Shiva […]

Why does lord shiva have a snake around his neck
Hindu Gods, Interesting Hindu Mythology Stories

Why Does Lord Shiva Wear a Snake Around His Neck? Vasuki and Shiva

Lord Shiva is often shown with a snake curled three times around His neck and looking towards His right side. The  three coils of the snake symbolize the past, present and future – time in the cycle of life. The snake looking in the right direction of Lord Shiva signifies that the Lord’s perpetual laws of reason […]

Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Yoga

Shiva and Shakti – The Divine Union of Consciousness and Energy

In the Tantric cosmology, the whole universe is perceived as being created, penetrated and sustained by two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These forces or universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti. The tradition has associated to these principles a form, respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine […]

Symbol of Shiva
Hindu Gods

Symbol of Shiva | The Attributes of Lord Shiva

At the highest level, Lord Shiva is regarded as formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome depictions. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with wife Goddess Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying […]

Shiva Shankara - What is the meaning of Shankara
Ancient Indian Literature, Hindu Gods, Vedic Philosophy

Shiva Shankara – What is the Meaning of Shankara?

We,being Hindus know of  the fact that Lord Shiva has numerous names and manifestations. Many local village deities in both northern and southern India are either named after him or associated with him. Among his many names few are very popular. Of them the name Shankarā (also spelled as Sankara) is one. The name “Shankarācharya” […]

Origin of Lord Shiva and Vishnu
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

Origin of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu – Relationship between Shiva and Vishnu

There are multiple stories about the origin of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Shrimad Bhagvatam states that Shiva emerged from a burning tower when Lord Vishnu and Brahma had an argument. The Shiva Purana states that lord Vishnu originated when lord Shiva rubbed some nectar on his ankle.The Vishnu Purana says that lord Shiva originated from […]