Lord Shiva is one of the trinity Hindu god,
other are Lord Brahma, the creator, and Lord Vishnu, the protector. Lord Shiva
is oldest gods of India and also known as destroyer and regenerator. The main
attributes of Lord Shiva' are the trident that symbolize the three gunas and
snakes show beyond the power of death and poison and also set for Kundalini
energy. Lord Shiva lives at the sacred mountain of Kailash. Lord Shiva shows the
most important goodness in Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram or Truth, Goodness and
Beauty. Lord Shiva's first wife was Sati and second wife was Parvati who also
known as Uma, Gauri, Durga, Kali and Shakti. He has two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya.
The vehicle of Lord Shiva is white bull Nandi (the enjoyable). Mostly Lord Shiva
sits on a tiger skin. Shiva Nataraj dance shows both destruction and creation of
the universe. This disclose the cycles of death, birth and rebirth. His Dance of
Bliss is stands for the wellbeing of world. Lord Shiva wears a moon sickle in
his hair and a snake coil or a string of sculls around his neck. He holds a
trident in his one hand representing the creation, sustenance, and destruction
of the universe, an axe in the other hand symbolizing the flouting of ties with
the material world. There is a water jug with them included in his likenesses.
Lord Shiva is known by different names as Bholenath, which means the guiltless
God, Rudra is consider as the destroyer of evil and sorrow, Ardh narishvara
which symbolizes both man and woman and Shiva as Shankara as the achiever of
good. Lord Shiva has "Trinetra" (divine vision). He is well known as "Nilakantha"
The Lord Shiva idols are crafted out of different a material which includes: