Shiva is the “destroyer of evil and the transformer” within the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu. In Shaivism tradition, Shiva is the Supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe. In the goddess tradition of Hinduism called Shaktism, the goddess is described as supreme, yet Shiva is revered along with Vishnu and Brahma. A goddess is stated to be the energy and creative power (Shakti) of each, with Parvati the equal complementary partner of Shiva. He is one of the five equivalent deities in Panchayatana puja of the Smarta tradition of Hinduism.
According to the Shaivism sect, the highest form of Shiva is formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute Brahman, and the primal Atman (soul, self) of the universe. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome depictions. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash as well as a householder with wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also known as Adiyogi Shiva, regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation, and arts.
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Name of Lord Shiva in Kasi/Varanasi?
What is the name of the snake that surrounds Lord Shiva 's neck?
Which divine weapon does Lord Shiva always has by his side?
What is the name of lord shiva's bow?
Which of Lord Shiva's son incarnated from his third eye?
What is Shiva Panchakshari?
Who was protected by Lord shiva from vanishing?
What musical instrument is tied with Lord Shiva's Trident?
Which holy river does Lord Shiva hold in his Jada Mudi(Hair)?
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