beyond distractions. He was earlier known as Rudra, or the Fearful and
Destructive One. Though the power of destruction, which in the most intensified
form ma...kes him a Bhairava,'The Terrible Destroyer',
remains Shiva's principal attribute, the corollary of that attribute, namely
creation or fertility, is also central to the identity of Shiva. Siva’s arropa
is represented by the Lingga.
Lord of Love, who had the impunity to
tempt Shiva with amorous thoughts of his consort Parvati. Yes, She did break is
meditative state. But then again the Lord continued his penance and sat in
meditation. He appeared with Her as Ardhnarishwara, half-man and half-woman
representation is to unravel the multiple layering of Hindu thoughts and
spiritual epithets, that one is nothing without the other. She is part of Him
being Nilakantha, the blue-throated; Panchanana, the five-faced; Nataraj, The
Lord of Dancers; and Trilochana, the three-eyed.
In His meditative mode, He appears as the yogi, in whom are concentrated all the powers acquired
by meditation, penance, and a life of austerity, or as the naked ascetic
Digambara, with matted hair and a body smeared with ashes. According to Puranic
mythology, Shiva's home is on Mount Kailash, at the foot of which is the purest
and holiest lake to be found anywhere, Manasarova. He walks such sacred places
inherent of the calmness of meditation and serenity. Nothing distracts Shiva as
he is also the maya of distraction and anything else that appears worldly.
Iconically, Lord Shiva is also recognized by the presence of the vahana, Nandi
the bull, or by the Trishul, the weapon that he carries with him. Hara Hara