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Top 10 Amazing Facts of Lord Shiva | Mahashivratri 2022

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Ganja/Cannabis is one of Shiva’s most important offerings.


The Shaivites, a sect of followers, consume Bhang (a cannabis-based beverage) and smoke weed on the auspicious day of Shivaratri. This is one heck of an offering for a God, according to the followers!

Shiva assumes the shape of Nataraja in order to subdue Apasmara, the god of ignorance.


It is said that Lord Shiva was challenged by the dwarf demon ‘Apasmara,’ who personified stupidity. Lord Shiva then assumed the form of Nataraja and performed the famed Tandava, or destruction dance, crushing the arrogant Apasmara beneath his right foot. Because Apasmara (ignorance) should not die in order to maintain the balance between knowledge and ignorance, Lord Shiva is said to have remained in his Nataraja form for all eternity, repressing Apasmara. His Nataraja avatar is a message that only knowledge, music, and dance can overcome ignorance.

Shiva’s androgynous form is Ardhanarishwar.

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Shiva, together with his consort Parvati, is portrayed in the Ardhanarishwar form, which is a half male and half feminine image, and is often referenced as an example of perfect marriage. This androgynous shape is thought to represent the synthesis of the universe’s male (Purusha) and feminine (Prakrithi) energies.

Shiva took Nandi as his doorkeeper and vehicle, which was provided to Him by other Gods.


According to legend, Surabhi, the mother of all cows, began giving birth to a large number of calves, and the cows began to flood Kailash with milk. Shiva was enraged and utilised his third eye to wipe out a large number of them. The Gods attempted to soothe him down by offering Lord Shiva Nandi, the majestic bull.

According to legend, Lord Shiva is naked and has an erect phallus.


In practically all of the stories in Epified, Shiva is naked and has an erect phallus, according to Devdutt Pattanaik. He dresses himself in an animal hide to protect the public from discomfort. Shiva, who is content and disconnected from the outside world, is aroused not by external stimulus but by constant inward happiness, according to Pattanaik.

The three ash marks on his forehead represent the three worlds’ devastation.


On Shiva’s forehead, three horizontal lines of ash have been smeared. The lines signify the annihilation of Hinduism’s three worlds. It alludes to the merging of the three realms to become one with the ego, and it connotes inertia and lack of mobility.

Hanuman, the son of Anjana and Kesari, is truly Lord Shiva’s avatar.


Hanuman is Lord Shiva’s eleventh avatar, according to legend. He is described in some sources as an avatar of the god Shiva. Hanuman, the son of Anjana and Kesari, is known for his devotion to Lord Rama. He was blessed by the Hindu God of Wind, Vayu, and is known for his devotion to Lord Rama.

Ravana, the main antagonist in the Hindu epic Ramayana, was one of Lord Shiva’s most ardent supporters.


When Ravana attempted to uproot Mount Kailash, Shiva is claimed to have confined him beneath Kailash. Ravana began pleasing Shiva by singing hymns and playing instruments in order to atone for his sins. Shiva eventually released him from under the mountain and blessed him after many years.

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Even Kamadeva, the Hindu God of Love and Cupid’s counterpart, was unable to properly distract Shiva with his tactics. When he attempted to do so, he had to deal with the consequences.


Devas sought Shiva’s assistance when they were fighting Tarakasur, but Shiva was meditating. As a result, the Devas asked Kamadeva to use his love arrows to stab Shiva. But Shiva, who had been deep in meditation, awoke in a passion and used his third eye to burn Kamadeva to ashes.

The three ash marks on his forehead represent the three worlds’ devastation.


On Shiva’s forehead, three horizontal lines of ash have been smeared. The lines signify the annihilation of Hinduism’s three worlds. It alludes to the merging of the three realms to become one with the ego, and it connotes inertia and lack of mobility.

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