• SEP 22
    5 Holy Symbols of Lord Shiva


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    SEP 22, 2017

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    New Delhi

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    Lord Shiva, considered as the destroyer and a part of the Holy Trimurti (Trinity), is one of the main deities of the Hinduism. Considered as limitless and absolute, he is known to protect his devotees as well as the universe. Many artists have tried to capture his beauty by means of their imagination and as a result of it created Lord Shiva paintings. Such works of art symbolise the grandeur and opulence of the deity.

    However, if you happen to look closely at Lord Shiva paintings, then you’ll be able to identify certain symbols which are an indispensable part of the artworks which are themed around the deity. Right from his bare body covered in ash to his jatta (matted hair), each and every element of the God’s artwork holds a certain degree of meaning. By means of this blog, we are presenting five holy symbols of Lord Shiva along with the significance of the same.

    Lord Shiva’s Third Eye:

    If there’s one thing which the deity is famous for, then it has to be his third eye. While his two eyes depict his actions in the bodily world, his third eye is known to look beyond what is evident to the normal eye. It is symbolic of the spiritual knowledge and resembles fire. As a result of this, Lord Shiva’s powerful gaze is known to find evil and burn it into ashes.


    Trishul or Trident is the weapon of Lord Shiva. The God always holds it in one of his hands. Made up of three spikes, each spear represents one of the three powers, namely desire, knowledge and action.

    Snake around Lord Shiva’s Neck:

    Look closely at spiritual Lord Shiva paintings and you’ll see a snake coiled around his neck three times. The snake signifies the past, present and future. As he wears it like an accessory, it represents that the Lord himself is beyond time and death.

    Damaru (Drum):

    Lord Shiva paintings would be incomplete without a drum like instrument called damaru. When the Lord is taken over by creative enthusiasm, he is known to dance at the beats of damaru.

    Nandi, the Bull:

    Considered as one of the confidantes of the greatest Lord, Nandi is known to be his vehicle. Symbolic of power, the bull is placed outside the Lord’s abode and is recognised for giving power of wisdom to Lord Shiva’s devotees.

    Aforementioned are the details of the five symbols which one can find inevitably in almost all Lord Shiva paintings. However, it is vital to understand here that these are the most common marks but there are more elements which haven’t been highlighted in this blog. Just like the deity himself, the symbols which define him are also limitless.

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