Shiva at Muktinath

Shiva (Siva) is worshipped in the Shiva Parvati Mandir, the only temple in Muktinath which is purely Hindu. A minority of the Hindu pilgrims visit this temple. Most of Hindu pilgrims focus during their visit on the Vishnu/Chenrezig Temple and the Hundred Waters.

Destroyer and restorer
As part of the trinity Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer, Shiva represents the destroying and restoring qualities of of the all-pervading impersonal reality which is symbolized by Ohm and referred to as Brahman. Shiva's name means "Auspicious One". He is the great ascetic as well as a symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. The Shiva lingam, a stylized phallic symbol represents Shiva in the Shiva Parvati Mandir.

His consort
Shiva's female consort is known under various manifestations as Parvati, Durga, and Kali. Sometimes he is paired with the supreme goddess, Shakti.

Image of Shiva dancing as The Lord of the DanceHis form
As an icon he appears in a variety of forms: in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati and Ganesh; as the cosmic dancer Nataraja (see image left); as a naked ascetic; as a mendicant beggar; as a yogi and as the androgynous union of Shiva and his consort in one body, half-male and half-female: Ardhanarisvara.



More online information

For more backgrounds on Hindu Deities & images see the Hindu Deities Index.
See for more Shiva related links Shiva HQ.

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