Dancer, Lover, Destroyer: The Life and Loves of Lord Shiva, Hindu Deity

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Dancer, Lover, Destroyer: The Life and Loves of Lord Shiva, Hindu Deity

Dancer, Lover, Destroyer: The Life and Loves of Lord Shiva, Hindu Deity

According to Hindu belief, destruction and rebirth destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world, paving the way for beneficial changes. Shiva, the god of destruction, is therefore seen as the source of both good and evil. He embodies many contradictory qualities associated with death and rebirth, as well as their impurities. He is the destroyer and the restorer, the ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the herdsman of souls and the avenger of misdeeds.

The Hindu Trimurti: Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva seated on their respective mounts.

The Hindu Trimurti: Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva seated on their respective mounts. (Public Domain)

Shiva is the third god in the Hindu Trimurti. The Trimurti are the three gods who are responsible for the creation, preservation and destruction of the world. Brahma is the creator of the universe while Vishnu is the preserver. Shiva's role is to destroy the universe in order to re-create it.


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