The Lord Shiva is considered to be the Ultimate God, He is the destroyer, he is the creator, he is the protector. The word Shiva has been derived by reversing the letters of the word vash. Vash means to enlighten, thus Shiva is the one who enlightens. He remains Luminous form of everything and also the one who illuminates the Cosmos.
The word “Shi” which is the first half of SHIVA stands for one who is the purest form of truth, perfection, Flawless, Auspicious, the best form of everything. And the word “VA” stands for the one who holds the power to Create, change, transform everything and anything.
There are a lot of studies done on Shiva, a lot of researcher tried to find some facts about Shiva, the more they digged the more they came to know that there is whole lot of endless knowledge to seek.
People spending their whole life in meditation taking the human knowledge to the next level, crossing all the boundaries of human body.
He is also considered as the of the lord of forbearance.
Lord Shiva can’t be defined in words, he is the Ultimate form of everything. Shiva is the creator of this whole cosmos. He is considered to be the god of God, one who can be convinced very easily while performing the most basic prayers with purity in heart.
He is considered to be the god of both “The Demons”, & “The Humans” .
Lets Have a look at some of the facts about lord Shiva that many won’t know.
1. He is the God who accept everything & Anything that the whole universe possess, A Devotee who surrenders himself/herself to the Lord Shiva is the most loved one.
A god who is also the Adiyogi, have absolutely no desire “freed from desire”, meaning that he isn’t interested in material possessions.
Ravana always had a desire to build the greatest, the biggest, the most beautiful Palace at Mount Kailash with the help of his brother Kuber (Lord of Wealth) to make sure that his Lord have a beautiful palace where the lord Shiva can stay with his family with all the facilities. But Lord Shiva never accepted that since he was free from all materialistic desires.
Later on Ravana Build the palace and whole country for his lord which currently is known as Sri Lanka
2. Lord Shiva depicted as 108 names which somehow describes who lord shiva is. At different times Shiva had been regarded with different names by Gods.
|1||Shivaya||Always Pure||Om Shivaya Namah|
|2||Maheshwaraya||Lord Of Gods||Om Maheshwaraya Namah|
|3||Shambhave||One Who Bestows Prosperity||Om Shambhave Namah|
|4||Pinakine||One Who Has A Bow In His Hand||Om Pinakine Namah|
|5||Shashishekharaya||The God Who Wears The Crescent Moon In His Hair||Om Shashishekharaya Namah|
|6||Vamadevaya||The God Who Is Pleasing And Auspicious In Every Way||Om Vamadevaya Namah|
|7||Virupakshaya||Lord Shiva With Oblique Eyes||Om Virupakshaya Namah|
|8||Kapardine||The Lord With Thickly Matted Hair||Om Kapardine Namah|
|9||Nilalohitaya||The One With Red And Blue Colour||Om Nilalohitaya Namah|
|10||Shankaraya||One Who Gives Happiness And prosperity||Om Shankaraya Namah|
|11||Shulapanaye||The One Who Carries A Trident||Om Shulapanaye Namah|
|12||Khatvangine||The God Who Carries A Knurled Club (Khatvanga)||Om Khatvangine Namah|
|13||Vishnuvallabhaya||The One Who Is Dear To Lord Vishnu||Om Vishnuvallabhaya Namah|
|14||Shipivishtaya||The Lord Whose Form Emits Great Rays Of Light||Om Shipivishtaya Namah|
|15||Ambikanathaya||Consort of Ambika (Parvati)||Om Ambikanathaya Namah|
|16||Shrikanthaya||Of Glorious Neck||Om Shrikanthaya Namah|
|17||Bhaktavatsalaya||The One Who Is Favourably Inclined Towards His Devotees||Om Bhaktavatsalaya Namah|
|18||Bhavaya||The God Who Is Existence Itself||Om Bhavaya Namah|
|19||Sharvaya||Remover Of All Troubles||Om Sharvaya Namah|
|20||Trilokeshaya||The Lord Of All The Three Worlds||Om Trilokeshaya Namah|
|21||Shitikanthaya||The Lord Who Has White Neck||Om Shitikanthaya Namah|
|22||ShivaPriyaya||Beloved Of Parvati||Om ShivaPriyaya Namah|
|23||Ugraya||The One Who Has Extremely Fierce Nature||Om Ugraya Namah|
|24||Kapaline||One Who Wears A Necklace Of Skulls||Om Kapaline Namah|
|25||Kamaraye||Enemy of Kamadeva||Om Kamaraye Namah|
|26||Andhakasurasudanaya||The Lord Who Killed The Asura Andhaka||Om Andhakasurasudanaya Namah|
|27||Gangadharaya||The God Who Holds The Ganges River In His Hair||Om Gangadharaya Namah|
|28||Lalatakshaya||One Who Has An Eye In The Forehead||Om Lalatakshaya Namah|
|29||Kalakalaya||He Is The Death Of Death||Om Kalakalaya Namah|
|30||Kripanidhaye||The God Who Is The Treasure Of Compassion||Om Kripanidhaye Namah|
|31||Bhimaya||The One Who Has Fearful Form||Om Bhimaya Namah|
|32||Parashuhastaya||The God Who Holds Axe In Hands||Om Parashuhastaya Namah|
|33||Mrigapanaye||The God Who Possess Deer In Hands||Om Mrigapanaye Namah|
|34||Jatadharaya||The God Who Keeps Tress (Jata)||Om Jatadharaya Namah|
|35||Kailashavasine||Native Of Kailasha||Om Kailashavasine Namah|
|36||Kawachine||The God Who Possess Armour||Om Kawachine Namah|
|37||Kathoraya||The God Who Has A Strong Body||Om Kathoraya Namah|
|38||Tripurantakaya||The God Who Killed Tripurasura||Om Tripurantakaya Namah|
|39||Vrishankaya||The God Who Has A Flag With A Symbol Of Bull||Om Vrishankaya Namah|
|40||Vrishabharudhaya||The One Who Rides Bull||Om Vrishabharudhaya Namah|
|41||Bhasmodhulitavigrahaya||The One Who Applies Ashes All Over The Body||Om Bhasmodhulitavigrahaya Namah|
|42||Samapriyaya||The One Who Loves With Equality||Om Samapriyaya Namah|
|43||Swaramayaya||The God Who Lives In All Seven Notes||Om Swaramayaya Namah|
|44||Trayimurtaye||The One Who Possess Veda Form||Om Trayimurtaye Namah|
|45||Anishwaraya||The One Who Does Not Have Any Lord||Om Anishwaraya Namah|
|46||Sarvajnaya||The One Who Knows Everything||Om Sarvajnaya Namah|
|47||Paramatmane||Everyone’s Own Soul||Om Paramatmane Namah|
|48||Sasuryagnilochanaya||The One Who Has Eyes In The Form Of Sun, Moon And Fire||Om Somasuryagnilochanaya Namah|
|49||Havishe||He Who Is Wealthy In The Form Of Ahuti||Om Havishe Namah|
|50||Yajnamayaya||The Architect Of All Sacrificial Rites||Om Yajnamayaya Namah|
|51||Saya||The One Who Includes The Form Of Uma||Om Somaya Namah|
|52||Panchavaktraya||God Of The Five Activities||Om Panchavaktraya Namah|
|53||Sadashivaya||The One Who Is Eternally Auspicious||Om Sadashivaya Namah|
|54||Vishveshwaraya||Lord Of The Universe||Om Vishveshwaraya Namah|
|55||Virabhadraya||Who Is Violent , Yet Peaceful||Om Virabhadraya Namah|
|56||Gananathaya||God Of The Ganas||Om Gananathaya Namah|
|57||Prajapataye||The One Who Is The Creator Of Dynasty||Om Prajapataye Namah|
|58||Hiranyaretase||The One Who Emanates Golden Souls||Om Hiranyaretase Namah|
|59||Durdharshaya||The One who Is Unconquerable||Om Durdharshaya Namah|
|60||Girishaya||Lord Of Mountains||Om Girishaya Namah|
|61||Girishaya||The God Who Sleeps On Kailash Mountain||Om Girishaya Namah|
|62||Anaghaya||He Who Is Pure||Om Anaghaya Namah|
|63||Bujangabhushanaya||Lord Adorned With Golden Snakes||Om Bujangabhushanaya Namah|
|64||Bhargaya||Lord Who Ends All Sins||Om Bhargaya Namah|
|65||Giridhanvane||God Whose Weapon Is A Mountain||Om Giridhanvane Namah|
|66||Giripriyaya||Lord Who Is Fond Of Mountains||Om Giripriyaya Namah|
|67||krittivasase||God Who Wears Clothes Of Elephant Skin||Om krittivasase Namah|
|68||Purarataye||Destroyer OF Town Or “Pur” Named Enemy||Om Purarataye Namah|
|69||Bhagawate||God Of Prosperity||Om Bhagawate Namah|
|70||Pramathadhipaya||God Who Is Served By Goblins||Om Pramathadhipaya Namah|
|71||Mrityunjayaya||Victor Of Death||Om Mrityunjayaya Namah|
|72||Sukshmatanave||God Who Has A Subtle Body||Om Sukshmatanave Namah|
|73||Jagadvyapine||God Who Lives In The World||Om Jagadvyapine Namah|
|74||Jagadguruve||Guru Of All The Worlds||Om Jagadguruve Namah|
|75||Vyakeshaya||Whose Hair Spreads In The Sky||Om Vyomakeshaya Namah|
|76||Mahasenajanakaya||Father Of Kartikya||Om Mahasenajanakaya Namah|
|77||Charuvikramaya||The Guardian Of Wandering Pilgrims||Om Charuvikramaya Namah|
|78||Rudraya||The One Who Gets Sad By The Pain Of Devotees||Om Rudraya Namah|
|79||Bhutapataye||Lord Of Panchabhoota Or Bhootapreta||Om Bhutapataye Namah|
|80||Sthanave||Firm And Immovable Deity||Om Sthanave Namah|
|81||Ahirbudhnyaya||The One Who Possess Kundalini||Om Ahirbudhnyaya Namah|
|82||Digambaraya||The God Whose Robes Is The Cosmos||Om Digambaraya Namah|
|83||Ashtamurtaye||Lord Who Has Eight Forms||Om Ashtamurtaye Namah|
|84||Anekatmane||The God Who Possess Many Forms||Om Anekatmane Namah|
|85||Satvikaya||Lord Of Boundless Energy||Om Satvikaya Namah|
|86||Shuddhavigrahaya||Lord Of Pure Soul||Om Shuddhavigrahaya Namah|
|87||Shashvataya||Lord Who Is Eternal And Endless||Om Shashvataya Namah|
|88||Khandaparashave||Lord Who Wears Broken Axe||Om Khandaparashave Namah|
|89||Ajaya||The One Who Is Boundless||Om Ajaya Namah|
|90||Pashavimochakaya||Lord Who Releases All Fetters||Om Pashavimochakaya Namah|
|91||Mridaya||The Lord Who Shows Only Mercy||Om Mridaya Namah|
|92||Pashupataye||Lord Of Animals||Om Pashupataye Namah|
|93||Devaya||Lord Of Devas||Om Devaya Namah|
|94||Mahadevaya||Greatest Of The Gods||Om Mahadevaya Namah|
|95||Avyayaya||The One Who Never Subject To Change||Om Avyayaya Namah|
|96||Haraye||Same As Lord Vishnu||Om Haraye Namah|
|97||Bhaganetrabhide||The Lord Who Damaged Bhaga’s Eye||Om Bhaganetrabhide Namah|
|98||Avyaktaya||Shiva Who Is Unseen||Om Avyaktaya Namah|
|99||Dakshadhwaraharaya||Destroyer Of Daksha’s Conceited Sacrifice (Yagya)||Om Dakshadhwaraharaya Namah|
|100||Haraya||The Lord Who Dissolves All Bondage And Sins||Om Haraya Namah|
|101||Pushadantabhide||One Who Punished Pushan||Om Pushadantabhide Namah|
|102||Avyagraya||Lord Who Is Steady And Unwavering||Om Avyagraya Namah|
|103||Sahasrakshaya||One Who Has Limitless Forms||Om Sahasrakshaya Namah|
|104||Sahasrapade||The Lord Who Is Standing And Walking Everywhere||Om Sahasrapade Namah|
|105||Apavargapradaya||Lord Who Gives And Takes All Things||Om Apavargapradaya Namah|
|106||Anantaya||The One Who Is unending||Om Anantaya Namah|
|107||Tarakaya||The Lord Who Is Great Liberator Of Mankind||Om Tarakaya Namah|
|108||Parameshwaraya||The Great God||Om Parameshwaraya Namah|
3) LORD SHIVA the devotee of LORD RAMA.
a) Lord Shiva is the biggest devotee of Lord Vishnu and Lord Vishnu is the biggest devotee of Lord Shiva. They both mediate about each other at the same time.
When Lord Ram was a new born baby, Lord Shiva came to see his lord in Ayodhya in the form of Sadhu baba accompanying him a Devotee of all the childhood form of Lord Vishnu KagBhushundi also known as Shri Kak Bhusundi, is a sage found in Hindu Scriptures in Hinduism, he is also considered as one of the greatest devotee of lord Ram….. He has also been famous for his many other qualities like he is one of the Chiranjivi’s an immortal living being in Hinduism who are to remain alive on Earth until the end of the current Kali Yuga. (Another interesting aspect is story goes that Kakbhushundi had been granted boon that he will not forget any knowledge that he attained in his previous lives. Besides in general also if you see kak is a very intelligent and cunning animal, who has a high life span).
After reaching the ayodhya, Lord Shiva and Kakbhushundi were not allowed entry since huge crowd were in line to see the Ram lala, The gatekeeper said to Lord Shiva, we can’t allow you to come inside right now, come back later.
Shiva Ji Felt Daunted, he later sat on the banks of the river sarayu with Kakbhushundi and both of them started praying to Rama…. Rama… Rama… Rama…. Rama… O Rama I came here to see you but your dwarapala has asked me to come back again after sometime.
Externally Lord Ram Was a small Child but his Soul was Omniscient, seeing his Lord not getting entry in ayodhya, lord rama started crying, while seeing his child crying mother Kaushalya, Mata started trying consoling him, but the more she tries to console him the more Lord Rama started screaming. Till the time Mother Got really concerned, by the time she understood that Bal Rama need something and he is only crying in acting, but since he was crying continuously as if a big disaster has happened & just she can’t resist. One sakshi Said to Mata kaushalya that somebody’s evil eye has befallen on your lala from the huge crowd, sakhi said let’s go and find somebody who can remove the evil eye from our lala.
Rama Lala Sitting inside the Sakhi, Guiding them to reach to Lord Shiva worshiping at the banks of River Sarayu. The sakhis came and asked Lord Shiva, Babaji do you know how to remove the evil eye from the child. Lord Shiva Smiled and Said yes, I know very well. Now the sakhis brought Shivaji in Ayodhya who has been pushed out earlier, now he is walking as the royal guest of kaushalya.
The moment Lord Shiva Enter the room of Kaushalya, Lord Rama Crying like anything, lord Shiva Said without saying a word,. Oh Lord what kind of leela you do. The ocean of Divine Bliss (Lord Rama). That is why he got the name lord Rama, in his leela crying like a small child. Lord Shiva Smiling in his Mind what a Leeladhar Lord Vishnu is, even in his Child Form he is doing such unmatchable leena. Lord Rama Looked at lord Shiva and Stopped Crying. He started doing his childhood giggling. Mata Kaushalya seeing the transformation got extremely impressed and thought that the baba is a siddh and said that baba I am indebted to you. Shiva ji thought I should also take the advantage of this and do some leela. Mata If you want give your child in my lap, I will do something that nobody will ever cast an evil Eye on your child. She handed baby Rama to lord Shiva, Seeing Lord Rama on Lord Shiva Lap, Kakbhushundi also touched the feet of Lord Rama from his head.
Mata Said Babaji can you also foresee or predict the future of my lala. Lord Shiva Said Oh yes Mayya, your child will become the most famous Human that has ever taken birth. His fame will spread over 3 worlds, people will build temples for him. Mata Become Thrilled after hearing sadhu’s word.
b) Lord Shiva at the time of Drinking the Poison from the ocean took the name of Lord Rama, and the adverse effect of poison got neutralized.
C) Rama is the purest/perfect form of a Man, He is defined as the Role Model of All. So much so that even while chanting his name can make the human sins free.
There are a lot of stories of Lord Shiva that can enlighten us. Will keep on sharing those stories with you. Thanks for reading.