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How did Shiva create himself?
Many believe that God Shiva is a Sayambhu – which means He is not born from a human body. He was created automatically! He was there when there was nothing and He will remain even after everything is destructed. That is why; he is also loving called as the ‘Adi-Dev’ which means the ‘Oldest God of the Hindu mythology.
Does Shiva have a form?
What forms does Shiva take? Shiva is represented in a variety of forms: existing peacefully with his consort Parvati and son Skanda, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a beggar, as a yogi, as a Dalit with a dog, and as the androgynous union of himself and his female consort.
How did Lord Shiva became blue?
Why did Shiva’s neck turn blue? As we all noise, a poison turns the body blue. Therefore, since Lord Shiva consumed the Halahala and held it there without letting it go into his body, his neck turned blue. Hence, he is known as Neelkantha (the one with a blue neck).
Is Lord Shiva a nirakar?
God is neerakar (shapeless and formless), Shiva Linga is the symbol of Shiva’s nirakar form only. And also Vishnu always advised other deities (Kartikeya, Indra, Parvati, etc.) to worship Shiva only if they have mistakenly committed sins.
When was Shiva created?
8,000 years ago
Shaivites hold the belief that Shiva is the supreme god and does not depend on the trimurti to complete the cycle of the universe. This sect formed over 8,000 years ago, to a time that even predates the Vedic time period.
Why Shiva’s throat is blue?
His wife, the goddess Parvati, was alarmed, as she gripped her husband’s neck with both hands in order to stop the poison, thus earning him the name Viṣakaṇṭha (the one who held poison in his (Shiva’s) throat). He was later saved by the mahavidya Tara, a form of Parvati. The poison turned his throat blue like bruise.
Is Lord Shiva an Aryan or a Dravidian god?
Some historians tells that Lord Shiva is a Dravidian god and Vishnu is Aryan God but Lord Shiva was worshipped by Brahmins from long before and Vedas call him as Rudra. infact there are many temples of Shiva in North India than in South India (Dravidian area) .
What is the significance of the tripund of Lord Shiva?
The tripund is symbolic of the three characteristics of Shiva- trinetri, trilokinath, and trikaldarshi. In other words, it stands for the Trimurti- Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar. The little red dot is Shiva who resides in all of them.
What is the significance of the elephant head of Lord Shiva?
Shiva is Shuddha Chaitanya, pure consciousness. Like the sun does not recognize darkness and cuts through it, Shiva does not recognize dosha and slays the impurity. But Prakriti cannot stay without impurity. So Shiva replaces the dosha with the head of an elephant, which symbolizes knowledge.
What is the nature of Shiva?
The formless Shiva is omnipresent. Shiva has no identity, is abstract and encompasses the entire universe. Shiva grants knowledge to people and Gods alike. For Shiva, there is no such thing as good or evil, friend or enemy, truth or false. Everything is Shiva- the vices and the virtues alike.