Shiva

Hindu - A creator-god, moon-god, god of destruction, fertility and medicine, strengthener of men. The Hindu version of the Vedic Rudra. Consort of Devi, Ganga, Sakti, Sati and Uma. Consort of Bhavani, some say. Father of Ganesha. He was said to have been born from Vishnu's forehead and to have had twenty-eight incarnations. In another version, he appeared when a cosmic lingam rose out of the ocean and burst open to settle an argument between Brahma and Vishnu as to who had created the universe. He killed Kama when he interrupted his meditations and to assert his authority he cut off Brahma's fifth head which he was condemned to carry for a long time before he was purified in the Ganges. His first wife, Sati, immolated herself but was reborn as Parvati. When she (or Uma) covered his eyes, the world was put into darkness and Shiva developed a third eye in his forehead. This third eye can transmit his inner radiance with such power that it can destroy demons. In the story where Sati immolated herself because Shiva was not invited to the feast of the gods, he became Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, and performed a funeral dance in her honour. He then spent many days in meditation and restored Sati to life as Uma. His wife Devi, as Kali, killed the demon Raktavija and in the excitement of her victory she killed Shiva and danced on his body He is said to hold in his throat the poison visha that arose during the Churning of the Ocean to prevent mankind from being killed by it and, in some cases, he is depicted with a blue throat indicating this event. When the sage Bhagiratha persuaded Vishnu to divert the waters of the Ganges from heaven to earth, which was barren from lack of water, Shiva allowed the torrent to pass through his hair, dividing it into seven separate streams, so that the force of the water streaming from heaven would not destroy the world. At the end of each cycle he destroys the universe by opening his third eye and dancing the Tandava dance. He is depicted as having two, four or ten arms, four faces and three eyes and sometimes wears a tiger skin and a snake round his neck and holds a flaming ball. Alternatively, he is represented in the form of Hari-Hara as a combined figure with Shiva on the right and Vishnu on the left. They combined thus to defeat the demon Guka since neither could defeat him single-handed. In another combination Shiva appears on the right, his female consort on the left, as Ardhanari, half man, half woman. His weapons are the bow Ajagava, fire and lightning and his animal is the white bull, Nandi. Also commonly referred to as Shiva, Akula, Akula, Ananatesa, Ananatesa, Ananda, Ananda, Bhava, Bhava, existent, Rudra, Bhavishya, Bhavishya, Shiva, Daikoku, Daikoku, Daikoku Tea, Daikokusana, Bika Daikoku, MahakaDaikoku, Makura Daikoku, Ojikara Daikoku, Shinda Daikoku, Ta-no-kami, Yasha Daikoku, Hindu Mahakala, Linga, Linga, Lord of the Dance, Lord of the Dance, Nataraja, Natesha, Shiva, sacred animals, sacred animals, animals, Set India Dionysus, Set Australian Aborigines Thor Egypt Egypt Hera, Syria Dionysus, Egypt, Helius, Neptune, Zeus Japan Egypt, Pasht Wadjet Hera, Hindu Egypt, Sebek, Set Heracles Huitlantecuhtli Dionysus Buddhism Atargatis Astarte Aphrodite, Dionysus, Venus Apollo, Athena Kaltesh Hestia, Isis Set Ares, Helius Wadjet Anubis, Set Dionysus Helius, Juno Dahomey, Osiris Dionysus, Sandan, Vulcan Dionysus India Dinka tribe, Jupiter Hathor Dionysus, Dusara, Polynesia Angus Og, Greece Dionysus, Zeus Nyx Wadjet Asclepius, Dayaks, Dionysius, Minerva, Sumeria Diana, Jurojin Dionysus Aphrodite, Heracles, Hermes Egypt Apollo, Ares, Wepwawet Asia, Hindu, Siva, Siva, Vishapaharana, Vishapaharana or Shiva.
Buddhist - The Hindu god adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as Buddha's. Doorkeeper. In some references, referred to as Shiva, Akula, Akula, Ananatesa, Ananatesa, Ananda, Ananda, Bhava, Bhava, existent, Rudra, Bhavishya, Bhavishya, Shiva, Daikoku, Daikoku, Daikoku Tea, Daikokusana, Bika Daikoku, MahakaDaikoku, Makura Daikoku, Ojikara Daikoku, Shinda Daikoku, Ta-no-kami, Yasha Daikoku, Hindu Mahakala, Linga, Linga, Lord of the Dance, Lord of the Dance, Nataraja, Natesha, Shiva, sacred animals, sacred animals, animals, Set India Dionysus, Set Australian Aborigines Thor Egypt Egypt Hera, Syria Dionysus, Egypt, Helius, Neptune, Zeus Japan Egypt, Pasht Wadjet Hera, Hindu Egypt, Sebek, Set Heracles Huitlantecuhtli Dionysus Buddhism Atargatis Astarte Aphrodite, Dionysus, Venus Apollo, Athena Kaltesh Hestia, Isis Set Ares, Helius Wadjet Anubis, Set Dionysus Helius, Juno Dahomey, Osiris Dionysus, Sandan, Vulcan Dionysus India Dinka tribe, Jupiter Hathor Dionysus, Dusara, Polynesia Angus Og, Greece Dionysus, Zeus Nyx Wadjet Asclepius, Dayaks, Dionysius, Minerva, Sumeria Diana, Jurojin Dionysus Aphrodite, Heracles, Hermes Egypt Apollo, Ares, Wepwawet Asia, Hindu, Siva, Siva, Vishapaharana, Vishapaharana or Shiva.

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