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Shiva

Lord Shiva is the Destroyer God of the Trimurti. He destroies the world at the end of each Kalpa. Shiva is the great ascetic whose meditation keeps the world in existence, is also the protector of animals. Lord Shiva appears in a meditating posture, ashes all over his body. He has matted hair which holds the flowing Ganga and a crescent Moon, on the front are the Third Eye and the symbols of Shivaism. A serpent coiled is around his neck, in one hand he carries a trishula (trident), in his other hand he plays damaru (a two sided finger drum). His body is adorned with garlands of naga (snake). He is the Lord of Procreation, and the Shiva-Lingam, the phallus of the Lord, is adored instead of him. Shiva represents the supreme consiusness as well the male principle, which acquire the power to create and destroy the elements only in conjuntion with Shakti, the female principle. Shiva's consort is kown as Parvati, Shakti, or Kali, and personified the divine power of feminility. His Vahana (vehicle) is Nandi, a bull.
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