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Lord Shiva and Parvati Love Story - Most of us know about Parvati but Shiva has many wives, which are the symbols of feminine power. Who is the vahana of Lord Shiva? Shaitaan, the black panther. Ganga Lord Shiva. 4. Who bears the considerable weight of Lord Ganesh? Musaka, the mouse. Just keep a fast for Lord Shiva! I speak from experience. Many moons ago, when I was 23 and living in India, marriage was all my parents had in mind. My sisters.
So destruction happens first, then creation. When there is destruction, then there is no protection. So Shiva was there even before Vishnu or Brahma. But when Shiva came to existence, there itself happened a creation, and preservation too.
So who came first? Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva? This is a paradox. People will tell Brahma came first, not Shiva neither Vishnu. Some people will tell Vishnu came to existence, first.
Another sect will tell Shiva came first. Some other people will tell Shakti came first, because energy is needed for the above three processes.
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But the truth is that all these depend on one another, and cannot exist independently. So this togetherness is called Brahman. He is never created, never existed, or never destroyed.
There once lived a sage whose lineage was traced to the famous Saint Bhrigu. This sage performed intense austerities and became very powerful. He used to consume only fruits and later only green leaves and thus got the name — Pranada. Sage Pranada continued his intense tapas and controlled all the animals and plants in the forest he lived.
Once while cutting some grass to repair his hermitage, the sage cut his middle finger.
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But to his surprise instead of blood he saw sap of tree oozing through the cut. Now Pranada thought that he had become so pious that instead of blood, sap is oozing through his body. Pride filled his mind and he started shouting in joy that he is the most pious man in the world now. Lord Shiva who witnessed this event took the guise of an old man and reached the spot. When the old man asked for the reason for his uncontrollable delight, Pranada said that he has become the most pious man in the world as his blood as become quite similar to the sap of fruits and trees.
Then the old man asked what is there to be elated in this.
It is just a sap. But when trees and plants are burned they turn into ash. Only ash remains that is surely the higher stage. To demonstrate it the old man sliced his finger and suddenly ash came out of it. Parvati got very angry when she heard these words about Lord. She told him that she would marry no one but Shiva.
Himavantha performed the wedding with great splendour. It is believed that this androgynous form shows that the masculine energy Purusha and feminine energy Prakrithi of the universe in a synthesis. Shiva accepted Nandi, who was offered to Him by other Gods, as his doorkeeper and his vehicle As the story goes, Surabhi, the mother of all cows started giving birth to a lot of cows, and the cows started flooding Kailash with their milk.
Furious at this, Shiva used his third eye and destroyed many of them. To calm him down, the Gods sought to offer Nandi the magnificent bull to Lord Shiva. In stories, Lord Shiva is naked and sports an erect phallus According to Devdutt Pattanaik, in EpifiedShiva is naked and sports an erect phallus in almost all the stories. It is to save the public from discomfort that he clothes himself in an animal hide.
The ash Shiva is smeared with symbolizes permanence and destruction Like we all knowShiva is smeared with ash. It is a symbol of destruction as well as permanence for it is created by burning things but cannot be burnt itself.
It is a symbol indicating the permanence of the immortal soul, which is released when the matter is destroyed. The three lines of ash on his forehead refers to destruction of the three worlds Shiva has three lines of ash smeared on his forehead in a horizontal orientation. Shiva has a blue throat because he drank Halahala poison during the churning of the milky ocean.
The Devas and Asuras started churning the milky ocean in order to obtain Amrit. In the process, they found a fatal poison - the Halahala poison, that had to be sucked out of the ocean.
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Without thinking of the consequences, Shiva drank all the poison and Parvati pressed his throat in order to stop the poison from spreading to other parts of his body - which is the reason behind his blue throat. Determined to find the ends of the pillar, Vishnu as Varaha tried to find the bottom of the Linga while Brahma tried to find its top.
Vishnu came back and admitted that the pillar was endless. Brahma, however, lied about the pillar's limits and claimed that he was the true God. Just then, the pillar broke open and Shiva appeared.
Accusing Brahma of lying and denying he is a God, he appreciated Vishnu for his honesty and suggested that Vishnu was on his way to becoming a God - in the process stating that he was the one true God.
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We see what you did there! According to a Hindu legend, Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity in the Amarnath Cave to Parvati It is believedthis is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Parvati.
Every year, followers and devotees of Lord Shiva pay their visit to the famous Amarnath cave. The cave also houses an ice stalagmite Lingam.