His hair symbolizes unison of mind, his Trishul symbolizes control of mind, his meditative pose symbolizes calmness, his serpent symbolizes letting go of your ego, he’s the ultimate “destroyer of evil and the transformer”-He’s Lord Shiva.
He, the creator is believed to have created the entire universe. But have you ever thought over who’s responsible for his birth? Do you know who gave birth to Lord Shiva?
Every one of us knows that Shiva is ‘Shakti’ or power. Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Known by many names – Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath – Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. Hindus recognize this by putting his shrine in the temple separate from those of other deities.
Well, there is a common understanding in Hinduism, which states that Lord Shiva had no parents. Today let’s know that how Lord Shiva was born, which I am sure most of us do not know.
Lord Shiva and his birth
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the destroyer among the main three supreme God. There are three supreme gods known as the Trimurti’s. The first one is Lord Shiva, the second one is Brahma and the third one is Vishnu.
Lord Shiva is the destroyer and also has a positive side in that destruction usual leads to new forms of existence. Lord Shiva is described in the art with four hand, four faces and three eyes. The third eye possesses this power to destroy the creation, not only creation including gods and humans. In the Vedas, a collection of ancient sacred texts, Lord Shiva is identified with the storm god Rudra.
The Truth behind Lord Shiva’s birth…
He is regarded as Anaadi. This word literally means that the world is without a start or an end. If he is Anaadi, which means he did not have a start. He is beyond birth and death!
There is a very interesting story behind the birth of Lord Shiva. One day Brahma and Vishnu both had an argument about who was the most powerful among them. There appeared one great blazing pillar at that moment. The pillar extended towards the end of the world. Stretching from horizon to horizon. Both the Lords couldn’t find the start or the end of the pillar, and this made them perplexed.
Both Brahma and Vishnu set out to locate the start and end of that pillar. Brahma turned into a goose and flew up to find the top of the pillar, while Vishnu turned into a boar and dug into the earth to look for its roots. The process of search happened for ages and the outcome proved futile, both of them not being able to succeed in their mission.
After their unsuccessful attempt, both of them felt humbled and came back to their original place only to find Lord Shiva manifesting in front of them in a form they could comprehend and understand. Now they felt Shiva’s power and cosmic existence is much beyond their understanding and in fact, it was Lord Shiva who was more powerful than both of them. Thus the divine play of Lord Shiva made them understand that there was this mightier third power that ruled over the universe.
Recognizing Shiva’s great power, they both accepted that there is the third power who rules over the universe. This proves that he has no start or end when it comes to his existence or birth.
Lord Shiva is no ordinary god. He is very mysterious and his ways can never be interpreted by the earthly norms and definitions. He performs multiple roles and wields a mighty power over the universe. Lord Shiva takes delight in occupying the crematory grounds and his favourite dress code is animal skin and skull garlands.