Shiva -The Most Powerful And Fascinating Deity Of The Hindu Trinity
Shiva, the destroyer and the ultimate yogi appears in many forms and have 1000 names so called as Sahasranama is one of the deity of the Triniy Vishnu and Bramha being other.
Maha Shivratri Festival is the grand night dedicated to Lord Shiva,celebrated on 13th night or 14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month every year. The night of Shiva, when Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava” and also believed that Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati.
There are the 12 most famous and holiest Jyotirlinga temples situated across India. The month of Shravan and each Monday is dedicated to Shiva, march of kawariya are the major attraction of this holy month.
Murudeshwara, is the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue and tallest in India, Kailashnath Mahadev Statue situated on a mountain near Kathmandu, Nepal is the World’s tallest lord Shiva statue. Other tallest Shiva statues in India are Shiva of The Har ki Pauri, Kemp Fort Shiva statue,Siddhesvara Dham in Sikkim and one of the biggest is Mangal Mahadev 108 ft in Mauritius.
Shiva Trilogy: The Immortals of Meluha,The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras along with Chasing Shiva are some of the best book to read about Shiva.
There are many Shiva temples in the Indian subcontinent, apart from the 12 Jyotirlinga temples other the most popular temples are Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur,Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar,Pashupatinath temple, Mandsaur,the Amarnathji cave temple,Kedarnath and Tungnath- the highest Shiva temple in the world.
Lord Shiva is worshipped in the Form of Linga or Lingam also known as Shivling or Shivalinga. Devotees observe fast and offer milk, ganga jal, fruits, flowers and Bael leaves to Shiva Lingam on festival of Maha Shivratri.
A small Shivaling in the outskirt village, Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh Temple has tallest Shiva lingam in the world and It is believed that tallest naturally formed Shivling in India is located at the Sidheshwarnath Temple in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Attributes of Shiva includes a Trident,Crescent moon,Ashes,Serpents,Blue throat,Drum and Nandi. Mount Kailash in the Himalayas is his traditional abode of Lord Shiva. On the day of Maha Shivratri, the highest Shiva-Shakti statue in the world, towering 20 metres above the ground has been unveiled in South Africa.