Deity: Shiva the Destroyer

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Deity: Shiva the Destroyer

The story of the Ling appears when once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, were debating who is the supreme being. Suddenly, a Shiva Linga, fell from the sky, with its tip going upwards, endlessly towards the sky and its base going endless towards the earth. Both Gods decided to race towards either tip of the linga, with Brahma riding his swan towards the top and Vishnu riding his board digging towards the bottom. After a few moments of digging, Lord Vishnu understands that the linga is endless and therefore the supreme being and accepts defeat. Lord Brahma, soon realizes the same thing, but unwilling to accept defeat, proclaims that he has seen the tip of the Linga. Lord Shiva emerges from the Linga and curses Lord Brahma for lying. Which is why we don't have any Brahma temples except a few in India. (Alternate versions of the story exist)

The Linga is the primary symbol of the Hindu god Shiva and the main cultic object of devotion in Shaivism (the school of Hinduism that worships Shiva as the supreme divine being). In Hindu devotional and ritual practice, the Linga has four interrelated meanings and purposes: Firstly, it symbolizes Shiva and his regenerative power as both the destroyer and reproducer of the universe; Secondly, it represents the male reproductive organ and its seminal potentiality (and, paradoxically, ascetic restraint); Thirdly, it provides the main object of cultic devotion in Shavite temples containing upraised cylindrical shafts at the center of their sanctuaries. Finally, it is used as a mark, sign, and symbol of Shaivism, allowing one to identify with, and recognize, followers of this group.

What is the story behind it?

Shiva is a principal deity of Hinduism who is especially revered among the cluster of Hindu groups known as Shaivites. Widely worshipped by Hindu communities throughout India and the world, Shiva is an ancient Hindu deity that is associated with the paradoxical motifs of destruction and regeneration, eroticism and asceticism, sexuality and celibacy. Hindu religious iconography and mythology simultaneously describe him as a great ascetic as well as co-generator of the universe along with Shakti (the female principle of creation). Shiva also plays a central role in the teachings of Tantra, whereby the interaction of Shiva and Shakti represent the renewal of the cosmos through the ongoing interplay of male-female sexual energy.

Attributes of Shiva:Ashes: Shiva smears his body with ashes (bhasma).Trident: (Sanskrit: Trishula) Shiva's particular weapon is the trident. Tiger skin: He is often shown seated upon a tiger skin, an honor reserved for the most accomplished of Hindu ascetics.Blue Throat: refers to a story in which Shiva drank the poison churned up from the world ocean.Third Eye: Shiva is often depicted with a third eye with which he burned Desire (Kama) to ashes.Drum: A small drum shaped like an hourglass is known as a damaru. This is one of the attributes of Shiva in his famous dancing representation known as Nataraja.

Maha Shivaratri is a hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the god Shiva. It is the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati.2015 date: February 172016 date: March 7

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