Out of all the Hindu gods, when we talk about power, Lord Shiva is the name that echoes inside our conscious. All our souls feel fired with the mere enchants of his mantras. He is the most powerful god of Hindu Mythology. He is believed to be the destroyer and his complex deity is the reason why his shrine is separately positioned inside the temples.
Lord Shiva, being one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity, is believed to be the source of all the energy in the Universe. If you have noticed, the Shiva Statue is always placed at the center of the temple area. This symbolizes that he is the centrifugal force that binds the universe. He is the beginning and end of everything. Lord Shiva deity has a characteristic feature of his hair piled up on the top of his head with a crescent attached to his head. Mahadev’s hairs are known to be the origin of the sacred river Ganges.
Lord Shiva is known to have the responsibility for death and destruction, to create rebirth. He is the god who can be appeased easily, hence the name ‘Bholenaath’. His magnanimity makes him the most fascinating Hindu god, who feeds on Opium and is believed to be oblivious of the world. Lord Shiva is often visualized sitting in the meditating pose in a deer’s skin, with the serene Himalayas in the background. You must be getting curious to know more about the spiritual significance of Shiva’s Portrayal. Give a read to the meaning of the characteristic features of the most complex god:
- Shiva’s Third eye represents the creative vision to be able to see the unseen. The third eye is said to be our wisdom and intelligence that helps us see the different side of the scenario. Also, it is said that the opening of the third eye of the meditating Lord Shiva will lead to major destruction and vanishing of darkness.
- We often wonder, as to why Lord Shiva sits in meditating pose with his eyes half open. Well, that is an indication that one should be calm and poised in their day to day life. This helps in achieving goals and supports mindful living.
- We have seen the serpent around Shiva’s neck that represents one’s ego. It conveys that one must keep their ego under their control and must not let it overpower you. The snake has placed down the throat which represents that the ego must never be directed outwards.
- Mahadev is known to have “Neelkanth”, which is because he drank the poison once to save the world. The blue color represents negative thoughts that one must neither speak out nor soak in within self. If we suppress the anger and negative emotions, then those will release toxic hormones causing acidity, asthma and various other ailments. If we express or speak out words in anger, then that will lead to social unhealthiness.
- The Shiva statue has the entire body covered with ash. The psychological reason behind the same is that everything in the world is perishable and transient. Nothing remains forever and everything is going to be converted into ashes eventually. We have come into this world with nothing as our possession and we will leave this world without anything. One must believe the fact that life is a lot more than materialistic comforts.
- The Trishul that Shiva holds in one hand represents the control one must have over their mind, intellect, and ego. It also is a symbol of controlling the three mental gunas of the human brain- Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas.
- The Damru that is an iconic representation of the Shiva statue is said to be capable of taking out all the evil egos and desires out of your body when played.
Now you must have got an idea of why Lord Shiva is the most powerful God in the Hindu pantheon of Gods. One such iconic Shiva Statue can be seen at Nathdwara which is named as the Statue of Belief. This is the world’s Tallest Shiva Statue with a height of about 351 ft. Lying amidst the breathtaking Aravali hills, this place is sure to be your next favorite tourist and religious destination in Nathdwara.