Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Shiva - The Destroyer


Shiva is the destructive aspect of the supreme Trinity. His consort is Parvati. His sons are Skanda, the commander of the army of Devas, and Ganapati, who is also known as Vinayaka.

Shiva resides with his friends and followers in Kailasa. His followers are called Ganas, and his mount is Nandi, the divine ox. The Paishachas are also said to be his followers. He wields a bow called Pinaka (पिनाक), and is hence called Pinakapani (पिनाकपाणि).

His first wife was Sati, the daughter of Daksha. She committed suicide when her father insulted her husband. He then became a recluse, spending all his days in meditation. The Gods were worried, for only a son born to Shiva could slay Taraka, the Asura. On the advice of Lord Brahma, the sent Kama, the God of love to make Shiva fall in love with Parvati, who was Sati reincarnated as the daughter of Himavan, the King of mountains. Kama suceeded, but Shiva, angered by the deception, burned him with his third eye. He later restored him to life, heeding the prayer of Rati, the consort of Kama.

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Last Modified At: Thu Nov 18 22:09:53 2004