Bishwa Nath Singh
Lord Shiva is not only the God of destruction but combination of all three traits in Him to create, save and destroy and that is why He is often called Dewadhidev(Head of all Gods).Let us join to offer our humble obeisance with Gangajal(water drawn from the holy river the Ganges) to His lotus feet and seek His bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe Thanks for sharing with such a wonderful pictorial message!
(Photo of Deepak offering Gangajal to Lord Shivaonwa temple at Tarachandi in Bihar of India)
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Anil Kumar Jha :
Shivah shaktya yukto yadi bhavti shakta prabhavintu /
Na chaidevan devo na khalu kushalah spanditumapi //
Bishwa Nath Singh :
Lord Shiva and Lordd Vishnu are the two most popular and powerful gods of Hinduism. Brahma, the other member of the Trinity of the Hindu Pantheon, is far behind in popularity. The first two represent two principal streams of traditional Hin...duism. The followers of Vishnu are Vaishnavites and those of Shiva are the Shaivites. If Vishnu is originally an Aryan god, Shiva is considered to be of the Dravidian stock, and the one symbolizing the amalgam between the two races.Lord Shivw was married to Parvati.He was father of Ganesh (Ganapati)and Kartikeya, Lord Shiva often sits in deep meditation in the Mount Kailash of the Himalayas, is also known as the King of dance, the patron of all ascetics, and the one who represents everything that is pure and auspicious, Shiva the powerful god, is the source of great energies. Shiva means gracious, auspicious in Sanskrit. Shiva has many forms. One is Aghora, as one residing in the cremation grounds. Another one is Ishana, as the Shivalingam. Tat Purusha, in meditation. Varna Deva, the eternal Shiva. Rudra, the terrific wrathful form The love of Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya, the mountain king, towards Shiva is a saga of singular dedication and beauty. She undertakes the severest of penances to win the hand of the ascetic of Kailasa and wins at the end. A son is born to the couple, and the child is known as Kumara, or Subrahmanya. Kumarasambhava, the birth of Kumara, is a story incorporated in the epic Mahabharata out of which Kalidasa, the great poet and playwright in Sanskrit wove a classic of the same name. This theme has given rise to umpteen number of literary and performing art creations in various languages of India.Shiva is the fountain head of a lot of sub-stories. One of them is the burning of Kama, the agent of Desire. Kama assists Parvati in her attempts at wooing the unmoving Shiva who sits still in his yogic posture, in deep meditation. Parvati offers the first-blown flowers of spring at the feet of the meditating Shiva. At the appropriate moment, Kama uses his tricks and instills the feeling of love and desire in the mind of Shiva. The disturbance wakes up Shiva from his concentrated meditation and he finds Kama playing his tricks at him. Shiva burns the miscreant down by opening his third eye, the eye that has a laser-like power to burn up anything on its way. Shiva at his worst as a destroyer is revealed by most of our epics. River Ganges was brought down from heavens to the earth by King Bhagiratha. But there was a problem: when Ganga descents from the sky and falls down to the earth, the impact would be unbearable and devastating. To avoid this, Bhagiratha found a way: he requests Shiva to bear the burden of the descent of Ganges on his matted hair. Everything ends well when Shiva receives Ganges on his head of matted hair and let it flow down smoothly. This gave him a name – Gangadhar, the one who bears the river Ganges on his hair.Shiva is also known as Ardhanarishvara (meaning ‘the Lord who is half woman’) with a deep philosophic connotation that the ultimate power of the universe lies in the combination of both feminine and masculine powers. It symbolically shows that Shiva and his consort Shakti are inseparable – half male and the other half female, in visual representation The most famous temple dedicated to Shiva in India is in Kashi, Varanasi, where the lord is worshipped as Bishwa Nath., the God of all lands. There are twelve jyotirlinga temples in various parts of the country. In South India, the most famous Shiva temples are in Tiruvannamalai, Kanchipuram, Tirunaikaval, Chidambaram and Srikalahasti. Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai, Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, Nellaiappar temple in Tirunelveli are also important centers of Shiva worship. The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is another important site of Shiva pilgrimage. The famous Ama Math yatra to Amarnath Cave in Kashmir is also a very important center of pilgrimage for the followers of the Shiva cult. Maha Shivaratri ( meaning great night of Shiva’) is a very important annual festival for the Hindus.Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Lord Shiva and seek His bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!
.Ju Sing :
om namash shivaye
Manjula Rishi :
Dhiraj Singh :
@Mr Singh...Thanks for info...U r encyclopedia of knowledge...Luv 2 learn...:)