Slowly & steadily entering the world of spirituality, but always amazed with Hinduism, from a very young age, I am attracted to Shiva, perhaps because of his celestial strength, even the long hair and the powerful physique or maybe because of the snake that he carries tied to his neck. Now that I can understand the scriptures in more detail, I am fascinated much more by Shiva, I feel protected by his energy/teachings in clear and dark times.
Reading around a little, has made me share a little about the attributes of Shiva. Many will see that all the Hindu gods carry things on their heads, they rest on different animals, they have different symbols and they are of some random color. Everything is there for some reason, and every Hindu knows there is a reason, but what are the reasons? Today it’s Shiva turn.
Shiva (or Siva) is one of the main deities of Hinduism. His name means “The auspicious one”. Devotees of Shiva are called “Saivites.” Shiva is known by many other names, including Sambhu (“benign”), Samkara (“Compassionate”), Pasupati (“Lord of Beasts”), Mahesa (“Great Lord”) and Mahadeva (“Great God”).
Shiva is a paradoxical god: “both the destroyer and restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent shepherd of souls and the avenger of wrath.” In the most famous myth concerning Shiva, he saves humanity by holding in the throat the poison that waved in the waters and threatened humanity. For this reason he is often represented with a blue throat.