Lord Shiva, (Sanskrit: “Auspicious One”) also spelled Śiwa or Śiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism, whom Shaivites worship as the supreme god. Among his common epithets are Shambhu (“Benign”), Shankara (“Beneficent”), Mahesha (“Great Lord”), and Mahadeva (“Great God”).
Shiva literally means “auspiciousness, welfare”. He is the third god of the Hindu Trinity and he is the god of destruction. He represents darkness , and it is said to be the “angry god”. The term destruction as it relates to Shiva’s cosmic duties can be deceiving. Often Lord Shiva destroys negative presences such as evil, ignorance, and death.
Lord Shiva is considered as formless, timeless, limitless and transcendent with many fearsome and benevolent aspects. He is attributed with bringing the Gangs down to Earth and many devotees worship Him as the Supreme Bring. He is also hailed as the patron God of Yoga, Meditation and Arts. The third eye on His forehead indicates His ability to transform the world by destroying existing life and bringing about new forms of existence.
Shiva & Parvati with 12 Jyotirlingas in Front of Amarnath Ice Linga
Shiva Vish Paan
Young Shiva Sleeping
Lord Shiva – Gange Avter
Dakshinimurty is an aspect of Hindu God Shiva, the god of destruction. He is considered as the teacher of all kinds of knowledge.