Shiva is among the principal deities of Hinduism. He’s the Supreme Being inside Shaivism, one of many main traditions inside modern Hinduism.
Shiva is the “destroyer and transformer” inside the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that features Brahma and Vishnu. In Shaivism custom, Shiva is the Supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe. Within the goddess custom of Hinduism known as Shaktism, the goddess is described as supreme, but Shiva is revered together with Vishnu and Brahma. A goddess is said to be the power and artistic energy (Shakti) of every, with Parvati the equal complementary associate of Shiva. He is among the 5 equal deities in Panchayatana puja of the Smarta custom of Hinduism.
On the highest degree, Shiva is considered formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute Brahman, and the primal Atman (soul, self) of the universe. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome depictions. In benevolent facets, he’s depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash in addition to a householder with spouse Parvati and his two kids, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In his fierce facets, he’s usually depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also called Adiyogi Shiva, considered the patron god of yoga, meditation and humanities.
The primary iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his brow, the serpent round his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the trishula as his weapon and the damaru. Shiva is often worshipped within the aniconic type of Lingam. Shiva is a pan-Hindu deity, revered extensively by Hindus, in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
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