Shiva “The Auspicious One”, also known as Mahadeva (“Great God”), is a popular Hindu deity. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. He is the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.
Definition: Shiva “the Auspicious One” is one of the main gods in the Hindu pantheon. He is part of the trinity or trimurti as “the destroyer” along with Vishnu as “the Preserver” and Brahma as “the Creator”. Shiva has many titles and different names. In the Vedas, he is known primarily as Rudra “the Howler (Roarer)” or “the Terrible One”. Although Shiva is known as the destroyer, he is also associated with procreation when he is worshiped as the linga or sacred phallus.Shiva sometimes has 4 arms and faces, and 3 eyes — the third in the center of his forehead, sometimes represented as 3 horizontal lines. It can emit a destructive fire. He wears animal skins and snakes around his neck. Parvati is Shiva’s wife. Before marrying Parvati, Shiva was a contemplative ascetic.