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Old 30-03-2015, 06:05 PM   #9
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Kali and Bhairava (the terrible form of Shiva) in Union, 18th century, Nepal..
Maha Shivratri is a festival celebrated every year on the 13th night or the 14th day of the new moon in the Shukla Paksha of the month of Maagha or Phalguna in the Hindu calendar.. This festival is of utmost importance to the devotees of Lord Shiva...

Shiva's form: Shiva has a trident in the right lower arm, and a crescent moon on his head. He is said to be fair like camphor or like an ice clad mountain..He wears 5 serpents and a garland of skulls as ornaments.. Shiva is usually depicted facing the south..

Third eye: (Trilochana) Shiva is often depicted with a THIRD eye, with which he burned Desire (Kāma) to ashes, called "Tryambakam" (Sanskrit: त्र्यम्बकम् ), which occurs in many scriptural sources.. In classical Sanskrit, the word ambaka denotes "an eye", and in the Mahabharata, Shiva is depicted as 3-eyed, so this name is sometimes translated as "having 3 eyes".. However, in Vedic Sanskrit, the word ambā or ambikā means "mother", and this early meaning of the word is the basis for the translation "3 mothers"...

Crescent moon: (The epithets "Chandrasekhara/Chandramouli")- Shiva bears on his head the crescent moon.. The epithet Candraśekhara (Sanskrit: चन्द्रशेखर "Having the moon as his crest" - candra = "moon"; śekhara = "crest, crown") refers to this feature.

The high priest and the goat ..

Ashes: (The epithet "Bhasmaanga Raaga") - Shiva smears his body with ashes (bhasma). The ashes are said to represent the end of all material existence.. Some forms of Shiva, such as Bhairava, are associated with a very old Indian tradition of cremation-ground asceticism that was practiced by some groups who were outside the fold of brahmanic orthodoxy...

Matted hair: (The epithet "Jataajoota Dhari/Kapardina") - Shiva's distinctive hair style is noted in the epithets Jaṭin, "the one with matted hair",and Kapardin, "endowed with matted hair" or "wearing his hair wound in a braid in a shell-like (kaparda) fashion"...

Blue throat: The epithet Nīlakaṇtha (नीलकण्ठ; nīla = "blue", kaṇtha = "throat").. Since Shiva drank the Halahala poison churned up from the Samudra Manthan to eliminate its destructive capacity.. Shocked by his act, Goddess Parvati strangled his neck and hence managed to stop it in his neck itself and prevent it from spreading all over the universe, supposed to be in Shiva's stomach.. However the poison was so potent that it changed the color of his neck to blue...

Sacred Ganges: (The epithet "Gangadhara") Bearer of Ganga.. Ganges river flows from the matted hair of Shiva..

Tiger skin: (The epithet "Krittivasana")..He is often shown seated upon a tiger skin,an honour reserved for the most accomplished of Hindu ascetics, the Brahmarishis..

Five is a sacred number for Shiva.. One of his most important mantras has 5 syllables (namaḥ śivāya)..Shiva's body is said to consist of 5 mantras, called the paƱcabrahmans... to yourself that every day is your last the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise..One day short of a lunar month...

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