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    Demystifying the Imagery and Aspects Associated with Lord Shiva

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    20 OCT 2016 a 29 OCT 2017

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    Of all the Hindu Gods and Goddesses, no one appeals to the emotions of a Hindu devotee as much as Lord Shiva does. Lord Shiva is the inhabitant of the mountains and the bearer of the trident. With his third eye, he symbolizes the awareness. He is universally recognized as one of the trinity God’s of Hinduism; however, for his ardent followers and devotees, he is the Maheswara, one who epitomizes the trinity. His different aspects manifest themselves as the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe that he creates. Symbolically, he is worshipped in the ling form. It is a common perception that the ling connotes the sexual characteristic; however, for his devotees, the shiv-ling stands for his creative powers.


    You must have observed that of all the Hindu deities that we worship, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of ling. Although, various Shiva paintings depict him in a human form, but Lord Shiva is not a god in human form. He is a principle or state of balanced conscious mind, which is highest auspicious existence in this life. Every human mind can evolve to that state through regular meditation. To achieve this highest state, you need a strong mind and will power to conquer all vices and negative thoughts. Only a courageous mind can lead a person to the state of balanced and conscious mind. When you start practicing meditation, you overcome your fears and apprehensions, shun all the negative thoughts, and start connecting with your inner-self. The negative thoughts are represented by poisonous snakes. The meditative posture of Lord Shiva represents the balanced state of mind. A balanced and conscious mind is cool, silent and undisturbed even during irritant situations. In Shiva paintings, this temperament of mind is represented by the flow of Ganges from Shiva’s head.


    Many historians are of the opinion that Lord Shiva has been worshipped for ages. He is believed to be a pre-Vedic God, who was brought into the premises of Vedic culture because he was popular and respected by many belonging to the non-Aryan tribes.


    The devotees of Lord Shiva worship him in many forms. He is worshipped as Rudra, the god of anger; he is the Kailasapati, the Lord of Mt. Kailash, his Himalayan abode; he is Pasupathinath, the Lord of all beings; and he is Umapati, the husband of Uma, the Mother Divine. He is Gangadhar because he is the bearer of Ganges. He is Jatadhari, the one who has matted hair. He is the one who knows it all, he is Siddheshwar. He becomes Trisuladhari, when he takes his trident in his hand.


    To the art connoisseurs, Lord Shiva is the Natraja, the maestro of all dance forms. As the Adi Yodi, he is attributed as the source of eternal knowledge; he is the creator of yoga. Such is the power and holiness of Lord Shiva that even Lord Vishnu in his different incarnations prayed to him with great devotion and respect. Not only gods, but also demons revered Lord Shiva.


    It is quite interesting to know that while Tantrics worship Lord Shiva as a sex-god, he is also the one who destroyed the physical manifestation of cupid, when the latter attempted to interrupt him during his meditation.


    Even in today’s scientific age, people of all age groups and from all walks of life, worship him and seek his blessings. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that men and women revere and adore Lord Shiva alike for his unparalleled qualities of love and benevolence. If you too want to seek his blessings, than bring home some Lord Shiva paintings and experience the diving presence of the Lord.

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