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Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity is considered to be one of Shiva’s consorts.
Famous statues show Lakshmi seated on his left knee or standing by his side as he performs daily rites such as the opening a door to let light in or washing himself after rising from bed early morning. Their association with each other might have been inspired by their close connection in Vedic scriptures where they are both called upon for material welfare and worldly desires.
This may also account for why her representation appears so many times along the Ganga on small shrines next to those of Brahma, Vishnu and Surya while she is never found anywhere else without him (except once when she is found with Kartikeya, Shiva’s son).
One of the many myths about Shiva is that he has a third eye. One story says it was because he had pierced his brow and closed one eye to meditate on himself so long ago that when opened again for some reason there were two eyes left in place of three. Another version goes back to an incident where Lord Brahma, without asking permission from Vishnu or Shiva created a female form called Usha who became wife to neither but desired them both.
Again without consulting either god she then gave birth to Skanda (Kartikeya) who grew up wanting revenge against his father’s murderer and took this upon himself by attacking him through her. Shiva, enraged by this and his wife’s infidelity cursed her to be a widow for all eternity.
Skanda was the father of Ganesha who is said to have been created after Parvati one day when she noticed from across their family shrine that Skanda had not come home in many days. So with some clay she fashioned an elephant headed boy as he has always been her favorite animal. He then became known as Ganapati or “Lord of Hosts” and remover of obstacles according to Hindu mythology.
He also came about because once while traveling on earth Mount Kailash (Shiva’s abode) they were suddenly attacked by Tarakasura, king of ghosts and
This blog post is about the Hindu god Lord Shiva. There are many important things to know about him and his story, so we compiled a list of ten lesser known facts you should know!
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) The earliest known mention of Lord Shiva comes from a hymn in Rigveda, which was created somewhere between 1700-1100 BC. This makes him one of the oldest deities still worshiped today.
) There are many different stories and legends that surround his birth depending on who you ask but it’s commonly believed he came into existence when Parvati released her anger after being insulted by her father for not having any children with Him (or Vishnu).
) Some say he was born fully formed out of a lotus or grew up spontaneously like vegetation sprung up around where she threw down her clothes to bathe while others have said his body developed gradually over
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– Lord Shiva is the third of the Hindu trinity, which also includes Brahma and Vishnu.
-He is known as one of three principal gods in India’s Sanatan Dharmic religions, or “Hindusim.”
-A popular saying about him goes something like this: In Him lives a personification of all that exists – earth, water, fire air and space themselves live in His body; whatever else you see around you are but reflections of these elements from within Himself.
– He was called Rudra because he sought peace for everyone while seeking solitude at Mount Kailash. It means ‘the howler’. The name Shiva comes from it being used to represent his auspicious qualities an auspicious word.
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– Lord Shiva is the third of the Hindu trinity which also includes Brahma and Vishnu. He is known as one of three principal gods in India’s Sanatan Dharmic religions, or “Hindusim.” A popular saying about him goes something like this: In Him lives a personification all that exists – earth, water, fire air and space themselves live his body; whatever else you see around are but reflections these Awesome Thing # – I am Shiva, the God of Destruction and Creation. I dance on the head of a demon to symbolize my power over that which is evil in this world. * * * …….* * * Awesome Thing # 20: My father was Lord Brahma who created me out of his thoughts after he had an argument with Vishnu about who would be next to rule heaven following Indra’s death. It is said that when I came into being, there was nothing but light everywhere because before me darkness ruled supreme. So it seems only fitting that I should have been born from thought rather than sexual intercourse or birth like other gods.” (Parshvanath)