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  The legend of Shiva by Holy Mountain
Shiva's diverse and contradictory appearances convey the entirety of existence with all its complexities, dualities, and paradoxes.
Shiva wears a tiger skin and a snake collar; his hair is tied in the knot of the ascetic and adorned with the crescent moon and trident.
Shiva's intoxicating and revelatory dance was often the cause of conversion of heretics and enemies.
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  Shiva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shiva is one of the Trimurti (i.e trinity").
Shiva is usually represented by the Shiva linga (or lingam), usually depicted as a clay mound with three horizontal stripes on it, or visualised as a flaming pillar.
Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Karthikeya and Ganesha.
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 Vandana Shiva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shiva is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, etc.), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as anti-globalization movement.
Shiva was born in the valley of Dehradun, to a father who was the conservator of Forests and a farmer mother with a love for nature.
Shiva was trained as a physicist and wrote on the "Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory" at the University of Western Ontario, where she received her PhD.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Shiva   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Shiva (Sanskrit: शिव, and written Śiva in the official IAST transliteration) is a form of Ishvara or God in the Vedic scriptures of Hinduism.
A slightly different version is told in the Shiva Purana: in the Śiva Purana, Śiva promises Brahma that an aspect of his, Rudra, will be born and this aspect is identical to Him.
Shiva thus assumed a form with five faces, a divine spark emanating from the third eye of each.
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According to the Shiva Purana, Shiva is said to have five faces, corresponding to his five tasks, the panchakriya: creation, establishment, destruction, oblivion, and grace.
Shiva promised to do so in the hearts of his devotees and in a sacred grove in Tamil Nadu, where the great temple of Chidambaram was built, the only one in all India dedicated to Shiva as Nataraja, the lord of dance.
Shiva the universe, for this is the time when all the gods are believed to have assembled on Kailash to lose them in the ecstasy of Nataraja's dance.
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 Shiva - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Shiva arrived at the scene, angry at the death of his wife, and killed many of the guests, as well as decapitating Daksha, though he later replaced his head with that of a goat.
Shiva created the monster Virabhadra during his quarrel with Daksha, and he was the leader of Shiva's men who came to prevent Daksha from conducting the Yagna.
Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Karttikeya (also known as Murugan in South India) and Ganesha (also known as Vinayagar in South India), the elephant-headed God of wisdom.
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 Shiva - Encyclopedia of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Shiva the destroyer is a necessary part of the trinity because, without destruction, there can be no recreation.
Shiva is the source of both good and evil who combines many contradictory elements.
Shiva has many consorts, including Kali, often portrayed as wild and violent, Parvati, reknowned for her gentleness, and Durga, a powerful goddess created from the combined forces of the anger of several gods.
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 Hindu God Shiva : Shiva (Shiv) - the destroyer
Shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of the shedding of old habits.
Shiva's main attributes are the trident that represents the three gunas and the snakes that show he is beyond the power of death and poison and also stand for the Kundalini energy.
Shiva Nataraj's dance represents both the destruction and the creation of the universe and reveals the cycles of death, birth and rebirth.
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 Celestial Marriage of Shiva and ShaktiSpirituality - Indiatimes   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Shiva told her he did so because Ram was the incarnation of Vishnu.
Shiva mentally detached himself from her as a wife and Sati was saddened by the change.
Shiva is ashutosh or easy to please; abdar or bestower of boons; Papkateswar or reliever of sins; Mukteswar or liberator, Hara the destroyer and a preserver.
spirituality.indiatimes.com /articleshow/498589.cms   (633 words)

 Spirituality, Hinduism, Shiva, God of Destruction
Shiva's many-formed wife is the graceful Uma, Parvati, the fierce Durga or the blood-thirsty Kali.
Shiva's dance of anger is called the Roudra Tandava and his dance of joy, the Ananda Tandava.
Shiva's devotees consider this night to be the holiest night of the whole year.
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Shiva therefore has eight forms: Rudra, Sharva, Bhava, Ugra, Bhima, Pashupati, Ishana, and Mahadeva, which, according to the Shiva Purana, correspond to the earth, water, fire, wind, sky, a yogi called Kshetragya, the sun, and the moon respectively.
No sooner was his wish granted than he menaced Shiva himself, who took to his heels and was saved by Vishnu, in the form of Mohini, the enchantress Induced by Mohini to join her dance, the demon soon killed himself by placing his hand his own head.
Thus, Shiva is also known as Natraja, lord of dance and it is said that on 13th day of each bright lunar fortnight of Hindu calendar, after 6 in the evening, falls a sacred hour called Pradosha and if you worship this time than one gets powers of Universe.
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Shiva (or Siva), in Hinduism, is one of the major gods and the center of worship of numerous devotional cults.
Shiva composes a triad along with Brahman and Vishnu, and his worship called by a variety of names is primary in Hinduism.
Representations of a god appearing identical to Shiva have been discovered in the cities of the Indus Valley, especially those of stamp seals, where he is shown three-faced and seated in the lotus position of meditation, surrounded by animals, and wearing what appears to be a headdress of horns.
www.themystica.com /mythical-folk/articles/shiva.html   (406 words)

 AllRefer.com - Shiva, Hindu Religion (Hinduism) - Encyclopedia
The "horned god" and phallic worship of the Indus valley civilization may have been a prototype of Shiva worship or Shaivism.
B.C. Shiva is identified with the fierce Vedic god Rudra and, in his terrible aspect, is the god of destruction and cosmic dissolution.
Shiva's mount is the bull Nandi, and his consort is the goddess Uma, Parvati, Durga, or Kali.
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 Shiva, Hindu God Shiva, Lord Shiva, Shiva Hindu God, Shiva Hinduism, Shiva God, Shiva Destroyer
Shiva (Sanskrit: Auspicious One), or Siva, is one of the main Deities of Hinduism, worshipped as the paramount lord by the Saivite sects of India.
Shiva's female consort and wife is Parvati; because of his generosity and reverence towards Parvati, Shiva is considered an ideal role model for a husband.
Shiva is often pictured in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi Dhakshinamurthy, and as the androgynous union of Shiva and Parvati in one body (Ardhanarisvara).
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Shiva is not limited to the personal characteristics as he is given in many images and can transcend all attributes.
Shiva arrived at the scene, angry at the death of his wife, and killed many of the guests, as well as decapitating Daksha, though he later replaced his head with that of a goat.
Shiva created the monster Virabhadra during his quarrel with Daksha, and he was the leader of Shiva's men who came to prevent Daksha from conducting the Yajna.
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 Hindu Deities: Lord Shiva
The ashes on the unclad body of the Lord signify that Shiva is the source of the entire universe which emanates from Him, but He transcends the physical phenomena and is not affected by it.
Lord Shiva is the Master of Yoga, as He uses His yogic power to project the universe from Himself.
Lord Shiva, sitting on or wearing a tiger skin, illustrates the idea that He is the source of the creative energy that remains in potential form during the dissolution state of the universe.
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 All about Shiva
Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva are revered as the Supreme Trinity of multitude of manifestations of Divinity.
Shiva is inseparable from Shakti - Parvati the daughter of Himavaan - Haimavati.
Eesaana is Shiva not visible to the human eye, Sadyojaata is Shiva realized in his basic reality (as in the element earth, in the sense of smell, in the power of procreation and in the mind).
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Shiva is called the Destroyer (of evil), but has also the aspect of regeneration.
As destroyer he is dark and terrible, appearing as a naked ascetic accompanied by a train of hideous demons, encircled with serpents and necklaces of skulls.
Shiva is depicted as white, with a dark-blue throat, with several arms and three eyes.
www.pantheon.org /articles/s/shiva.html   (109 words)

 Shiva - ReligionFacts
Shiva (or Siva) is one of the chief deities of Hinduism.
Shiva is a paradoxical deity: "both the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger." {1} In the most famous myth concerning Shiva, he saves humanity by holding in his throat the poison that churned up in the waters and threatened mankind.
Shiva Nataraja was first represented thus in a beautiful series of South Indian bronzes dating from the tenth and twelfth centuries A.D. In these images, Nataraja dances with his right foot supported by a crouching figure and his left foot elegantly raised.
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Shiva is known as the destroyer in the Trimurti.
Shiva was angry and offended by the impudent new guard who had the nerve to question him.
Shiva sent Nandi (his bull) to bring back the first head of an animal who was sleeping with his head to the north.
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 The Stages of Jewish Mourning
Ideally all of the direct mourners sit shiva in the house of the deceased, for it says, "Where a person lived, there does his spirit continue to dwell." Thus the presence of the person who has passed away is strongest in his own home.
Again, shiva is a deeply personal time of reflection, coming to terms with loss and grief, and contemplating the inner spiritual dimensions of life.
Observing shiva gives honor to the departed, and the merit of the observance is an elevation of their soul.
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 Shiva - Hiduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism
Shiva often appears on earth in disguise, perhaps as a wandering Brahman priest, to challenge the charity or belief of a suffering servant, only to appear eventually in his true nature.
Another son of Shiva and Parvati is Ganesh, or Ganapati, the Lord of the Ganas (the hosts of Shiva), who has a male human's body with four arms and the head of an elephant.
The antics of Ganesh and Karttikeya and the interactions of Shiva and Parvati have generated a series of entertaining myths of Shiva as a henpecked husband, who would prefer to keep meditating but instead is drawn into family problems, providing a series of morality tales in households throughout India.
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Shiva (Sanskrit for "auspicious one"), also called Siva, Hindu god who personifies both the destructive and the procreative forces of the universe.
Shiva is also the god of asceticism and of art, especially dancing.
This bronze sculpture, entitled Shiva as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance) (about AD 1000), is one of a number of sculptures of the Hindu god Shiva made during India's Chola dynasty (10th century to 13th century).
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 Shiva slaying the demon Andhakasura
As Andakasuramardana, Shiva is a slayer of a blind demon.
Mythologically Shiva is regarded as the great master of dance and all the 108 modes of dancing have come from him.
Shiva is believed to have manifested in the Nataraja dancing form at the celebrated pilgrimage shrine of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu state, also shown on this web site.
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