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The mighty Lord Shiva

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Lord Shiva is one of the most powerful Gods worshiped by the Hindus.

According to the hindus, Lord Brahma is the creator of the universe, Lord Vishnu is the God of protection and Lord Shiva is the destroyer of evil and together they are called mumurthi (the three deities). Mahadev, Neelkanth, Nataraj, Mahesha, Shankara and Maheshwara are one among the many names by which Shiva is called. They say Shiva observes all negativity from a person and that it is easy to get his blessings and at the same time get under his anger too. Yes. Lord Shiva is not only quick in giving blessings but also quick in anger too. If he opens his third eye, then it means it is the end of the world. “Om Namashivaya” ( I am bowing down to you), “Hara Hara Mahadev” ( Everybody is God) are popular slogans used while worshipping him.

The Shiva Purana is one of eighteen Purana genre of Sanskrit texts in Hinduism. It primarily centers around the Hindu god Shiva and goddess Parvati.

Sinners never escape the eyes of the great Neelkanth. The Mahadev married Goddess Parvathi Devi and has two sons Ganesha and Karthikeya. In every Hindu temple Lord Ganesha is worshipped first.

Every Shiva temple in the world has a Nataraj Idol where he is in his dance pose with one leg lifted above and one leg on the ground.

Hindus believe that Mount Kailash is where the Lord resides and it is located in the Himalayas. Mount Kailash is located in India near lake Manasarovar and is one of the sacred place in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Shiva sits on the Nandi who is his Vahana or mount. Kailash is shaped like a Linga (one of an Idol of Shiva).

Lord Shiva is also called as Adiyogi or the God of Yoga. The Hindus believe that he was the creator of Yoga and that he has a muscular body due to all the Yoga and meditation. He usually sits on a tiger skin in the yoga position called Brahmasana and carries a crescent moon in his head and a snake around his neck. His neck is said to be blue in Colour and so the name Neelkanth or Neelakanta (Neelam meaning blue in tamil).

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Ramanathaswamy Temple, Brihadeswarar Temple, Shore Temple, Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Annamalaiyar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple and Murugeshpalya Shiva Temple are some of the famous Shiva temples in India.

Poorni Sampath