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Ganesha is Shiva’s son and representative. Shiva is Pashupati, or the lord of animals. Ganapati is the foremost of the animals, Shiva incarnate as the ruling principle in the manifest worlds. Both Ganesha and Shiva are Om. Shiva is Om in its transcendent state. Ganesha is Om in its state as underlying and ruling all other forces. Lord Shiva represents the unbounded consciousness beyond the limits of the dualistic mind. Shiva turns the individual soul into Ganesha by taking it beyond the individual mind to the universal consciousness embracing the whole of existence. When we surrender to Shiva as the non-dual state, we align ourselves with Ganesha and are no longer bound to our human conditioning. This requires the difficult sacrifice of the ego represented by the human head. Ganesha is also the son of Shakti as Devi Parvati. Only Ganesha can take the supreme Shakti energy and direct it along the necessary currents for its complete manifestation. Ganesha dwells in the Muladhara, or root chakra, that rules over the earth element and holds the Kundalini Shakti, our individual power of transcendence. Ganesha provides us with the stability to wield the Shakti force that rises out of the earth and takes us to the infinite light. Ganesha is the unity of Shiva and Shakti, holding the highest awareness of Shiva while displaying all the powers of Shakti. Pc:@lord_shiva_the_eternal_god #mahadev_devadidev
Sawan Shivratri is one of the most auspicious days during the month of Shravan Sawan Shivratri is the day when the Kanwar Yatris offer holy water from the river Ganges to Lord Shiva. They conclude the day by expressing their thanks to Lord Shiva and presenting holy water they procured from the river. The day is considered auspicious for offering prayers and water to Lord Shiva. Legend says that Lord drank poison in the Samudra Manthan, to save the world. Goddess Parvati stopped the venom from entering his body, by holding his neck. Which is why his neck turned blue. His devotees thus offer him water from river Ganga, to help him heal. May the almighty Lord Shiva bless you all with good things and perfect health. May Lord Shiva shower his benign blessings on you and your family. May happiness and peace surround you with his eternal love and strength. May Lord Shiva shower blessings on all and give power and strength to everyone facing difficulties in their lives. #mahadev_devadidev
Lord Hanuman is one of the most important deities, who is widely revered by Hindus all around the world. He is the God of courage, strength and Godly devotion. The pages of the Hindu epic Ramyana has accounts of the great deeds of Lord Hanuman, who was the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. Without his help, Rama would not have been able to defeat Ravana and rescue his wife Sita. According to several legends, Lord Hanuman is still alive. He is considered as Chiranjeevi or immortal. During childhood, Hanuman was quite mischievous and restless. Once Anjaneya flew up to the Sun, thinking that it was a big ripe fruit. Hanuman went very close to the Sun and was going to eat it. This would cause total darkness and death in the universe. Indra listened to the concerned pleas of Suryadev He came to the conclusion that Anjaneya needed to be stopped, and taught a lesson. Indra attacked him with his Vajra and the young monkey God fell from the sky immediately. As young Anjaneya fell on the earth, the left side of his jaw was disfigured. Hanuman’s father Vayu was quite angered that his son was hurt by the Vajra. He decided to teach the Gods a lesson. Vayu stopped the flow of all air in the three worlds. All beings in the universe including the other Gods were suffering from the lack of air, to the point of suffocation. They tried to appease Vayu but failed to do so. That is when Lord Brahma gave him a boon that no divine astra would be able to kill him. Lord Indra also apologized and gave Hanuman the boon to choose his own time of death. Vayu was satisfied with these and so was young Hanuman. Another legend says that when Lord Rama was about to give up his earthly life by walking into the Sarayu river, he gave a boon of immortality to Lord Hanuman. Rama wished him a long and happy life, till the end of the world comes. Hanuman gladly accepted this gift and he lives on even today. It is believed that he still meditates in the Himalayas and at the Mahendragiri mountains. Pc:@karanacharya.kk #mahadev_devadidev
Parvati  is the goddess of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. Known by many other names, she is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the goddess Shakti and one of the central deities of the Goddess-oriented Shakta sect. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism, and has many attributes and aspects. Each of her aspects is expressed with a different name, giving her over 100 names in regional stories of India. Along with Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Saraswati (goddess of knowledge and learning), she forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses (Tridevi). Parvati is the wife of the Lord shiva - the protector, the destroyer (of evil) and regenerator of universe and all life. She is the daughter of the mountain king Himavan and queen Mena. Parvati is the mother of deities Ganesha and Kartikeya. The Puranas also referenced her to be the sister of the god Lord Vishnu and the river-goddess Ganga. There are many different styles of picture of Parvati. Often she can be seen as the family woman, with shiva at her side and young Ganesha in her lap. Other times she is in the form of Durga: dressed in red, riding a lion, her arms full of weapons. The red represents purity and powerful destruction of evil. The weapons destroy ignorance, evil, and ego. At times she is shown carrying the trishula trident, same as shiva. Its three prongs are said to represent the three gunas/qualities: tamas, rajas, and satwa. “Fertility, marital felicity, devotion to the spouse, asceticism and power are different virtues symbolized by Parvati.” Pc:@shivarchan0 #mahadev_devadidev
The whole universe is perceived as being created, penetrated and sustained by two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These forces or universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti. The tradition has associated to these principles a form, respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine one. Accordingly, Lord Shiva represents the constitutive elements of the universe, while Shakti is the dynamic potency, which makes these elements come to life and act. The divine couple Shiva-Shakti corresponds to two essential aspects of the One: the masculine principle, which represents the abiding aspect of God, and the feminine principle, which represents Its Energy, the Force which acts in the manifested world and life itself. Shakti here stands for the immanent aspect of the Divine, that is the act of active participation in the act of creation. This Tantric view of the Feminine in creation contributed to the orientation of the human being towards the active principles of the universe, rather than towards those of pure transcendence. Therefore, Shiva defines the traits specific to pure transcendence and is normally associated, from this point of view, to a manifestation of Shakti who is somewhat stronger (such as Kali and Durga), personification of Her own untamed and limitless manifestation. There is no Shiva without Shakti and yoga is a realization of the unity of all things. That is not to say that everything in tantrik texts is figurative; many describe practices which are said to bring about this realization. Pc: @its_gautam012photography Source:@the_shivshakti #mahadev_devadidev
Devotion is a beautiful ornament of man’s life. This is a true decoration. The feeling of unlimited belief in God is devotion. With devotion, God can be easily found. God accepts only the relationship of devotion. Lord Krishna said to Arjuna: “The God is satisfied with devotion, not with qualities. The first sign of devotion is that man will appear to be self-contended and happy. Address the God in all humility: “O God, whatever You give us we will take, and live the way You wish us to live.” There is satisfaction when there is the true devotion. Place yourself at the pious feet of the God. Immerse yourself in His name. Serve the poor and the distressed. Live in the world - don’t get entangled in it. Install God in your heart, not the world. This is true devotion. Devotion is the hidden treasure of man’s mind. The hidden form of devotion is the best and of higher value. Anyone whosoever submits to God, gets the assurance of protection. The submission to Him is limitless. Complete submission results into fulfillment of wishes. Total belief, love and unflinching affection towards God; not to be conscious of anything except being immersed in the love for God; wherever the mind moves it sees nothing except God; and dedicate yourself to God by forgetting oneself, are some of the symptoms. One gets salvation through devotion. Devotion is a way to achieve salvation. To arouse the feelings of devotion in the mind, the role of a Guru is significant. The Guru is the personification of the knowledge of God. It is necessary to seek and get the blessings of a Guru. The first step to get Him is to have faith and confidence in Him. Have a continuous devotion towards Him. Through devotion alone one attains salvation. Pc:@vishtoons #mahadev_devadidev
Om Nagkulaya Vidmahe Vishadantaya Dheemahi Tanno Sarpa Prachodayat The month of Sawan or Shravan is filled with festivities. Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchami, Rakhi, Sawan Shivratri, all festivals fall in this auspicious month. On Thursday, women all over India celebrated Hariyali Teej and on Saturday, Nag Panchami is being celebrated. Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the month of Sawan. Hindu scriptures herald this day as Nagamanandakari meaning the happiest day for Nag Devtas (serpent gods). Nag Panchami is celebrated after two days of Hariyali Teej. People offer milk, flowers, fruits to the snake idol for health, wealth & prosperity of their family members.  There is a belief about Sheshnag of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the entire earth is balanced on Sheshnag’s back. People worship the snakes on this day to ensure their families are protected from the danger of snakes. #mahadev_devadidev
Shiva is the purest consciousness. So pure that it does not have any attributes. A state that will confirm to any form, shape, size, color. imagination, definition and so on (Nirakara, Nirguna, Nirantara, Nirlipta, Nirvikalpa). Even Shiva does not it is Shiva. It is the state of Bhole Nath.The shiva consciousness can take a form to appeal to a bhakta who has devoted his/ her journey to revered shiva as a personal god head. Shiva will appear from within the light and project as a form which the bhakta wants to see which is called 'sakshatkara' (witnessing the god-self). Chant OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA, it is an atomic bomb within you. I have experienced this boundless divine ecstasy and explosive connection with the cosmic consciousness and so have yogis on this path of dissolution.Let the purity within you usher you to the state of Bhole Nath. Let the divine inner child within you help you rise your bhutagni (elemental fire), identifying with the guru within and connecting with purest consciousness. So connect deeply and liberate from the pain, suffering and everything else that binds into ignorance. #mahadev_devadidev Pc: @ramesstudios @artbygurudesign
Lord Shiva is the personification of the Supreme Godhead or the absolute principle. That is why he is also worshipped in the form of Linga which symbolizes the source of all cosmos. Therefore, it is appropriate that Shiva is called Mahadev, the greatest of all gods and in other words, the god of all gods. Shiva is described as Mahadeva as he is propitiated by everyone from the devtas (gods) to the asuras (demons). Great devtaas like Indra and Kubera, as well as great demons like Hiranyakashipu and Ravana worshipped him. Srila Vyasadeva purposefully described Shiva to be the greatest mahadeva, as those who worshipped him out of selfless love and served him unconditionally with devout devotion were awarded with boons, regardless of being a devta or an asura. There are two famous compositions about Shiva’s glories, namely Shiva Tandava Strota by Ravana and Shiva Mahimna Strota by Pushpadanta. Shiva was so pleased by these glorifications that he awarded both of them with the greatest of boons one could ever think of. The Tamasi Puranic literature is also full of glories of Lord Shiva. Therefore, He is known as Devon ke Dev Mahadev🌺🌸 Pc:@portray.jv #mahadev_devadidev
Shiva is the best master or guru – and this avatar of Shiva is known as the ‘Dakshina Moorthy’, the ‘god’ facing to the Dakshina or South. According to the Hindu philosophy the South is concerned with death and the god facing to the South can kill death too, the ultimate ignorance or difficulty. Lord Shiva can bestow wisdom easily not by teaching you, but by killing the ignorance present in you - hence, the best teacher or guru in the worlds. This is why it has been quoted that - Dakshina Moorthy – teaches through silence, not by speaking! Removing the inner dirt is an operation that needs to be done keeping the patient [the ignorant person] in silence. Not giving knowledge but, removing the inner ignorance – this is the way of bestowing wisdom or gnyan and Lord Shiva is the best at this hence, Shiva is the best teacher, the best guru. The seesaw goes to that much high as much as it goes down on the other side.  According to this seesaw rule as well – lord Shiva is the best teacher or guru. Amongst all the gods, lord Shiva can be in perfect silence, this is while in meditation. So naturally lord Shiva can speak well too and hence the best teacher or guru, as teaching and speaking are connected. The conclusion is that - whether at silence or at speech lord Shiva is the best hence he is the best teacher or guru. Salutations to the great guru, Dakshina Moorthy. Happy Teacher's Day❤ Pc:@karanacharya.kk #mahadev_devadidev
Do you think God cries when we cry? Yes, God feels the pain. God love his children, he cannot see his children in trouble and pain. Therefore, God cries when we cry. We face troubles due to our Karma. And we have to face them anyhow. Universe give us back what we gave universe in our past. But still when we suffer, we feel lonliness, pain and troubles, Lord feels the same as he cannot see his children suffering from these sorrows. Therefore, Lord Krishna always support Dharma and he always teaches us to take the way of Dharma. In Bhagwat Geeta Lord Krishna says: . "ananya-cetah satatam yo mam smarati nityasah tasyaham sulabhah partha nitya-yuktasya yoginah" "Lord Sri Krishna says: Whosoever, always & constantly remembers Me with undivided mind; by that person, I am easy to obtain, O Arjuna, because of his constant engagement in the devotional service to Me." . "samo ’ham sarva-bhutesu na me dvesyo ’sti na priyah ye bhajanti tu mam bhaktya mayi te tesu chapy aham" "Sri Krishna said: I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all beings. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is very dear to Me, and I am also very dear to him." . "ananyas cintayanto mam ye janah paryupasate tesham nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham" "Sri Krishna said: But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have." . So let's have full devotion towards Lord Krishna. Always take the way of Dharma. Do good, so that universe will give you what you deserve. #mahadev_devadidev
Sadhguru: There is a beautiful story in the yogic lore. On a certain day, a man was walking through the Himalayas. It was a very hard journey, and anyone would want to seek help. He said, “Oh Shiva, I can’t do this, just come help me. At least hold my hand, take me along.” Shiva appeared and said, “You walk. I’ll walk with you.” “How do I know you are walking with me?” the devotee asked. Shiva said, “Look out for the footprints. You only have two legs. If there are four footprints, that means I am walking with you.” So every few minutes he checked, and sure enough, there was one more pair of footprints coming along with him. After a few days he looked back, and there was just one pair of footprints. He said, “Oh you’ve forsaken me again.” Shiva said, “See, it is very wet and slippery. But look at your feet, they are dry. That’s why there is only one pair of footprints.” The fool was riding on Shiva’s shoulders. Within you, if you reduce “what is me, what is mine”, your life will become as wonderful as it can be. This is a simple device to breach the boundaries of who you are, so that something far bigger than you becomes a part of you and your life. Pc: @lord_shiva_the_eternal_god #mahadev_devadidev
Lord shiva will protect all of us from every bad situation in life. He is there for us always. Lord Shiva is shown as the most compassionate one who is always bent upon ensuring the safety and security of the created universe. Remember, During the SAMUDRA MANTHAN, a pot of poison was received out of churning of the ocean. Every one including Gods and Demons were terrified knowing, Pot full of poison was capable of destroying the entire world. Terrified Demons and Gods ran for help to Lord Shiva. Both the groups requested lord Shiva to protect the world from effects of deadly poison. LORD SHIVA drank the deadly poison but with held the poison in his throat instead of swallowing. This action made his throat turn blue. Hence, In this situation also, when the whole world is suffering from fear of Corona virus, he will save us and give us protection. Just have faith... Pray and Trust him.. And take necessary precautions.. Stay at home.. Stay safe💯 Har har mahadev🙌 Pc: @rudratheeternal #mahadev_devadidev
Lord Vishnu – the preserver, is like the father who takes care of the family as well as he is the supreme god brahman. He is the god of protection, who restors the dharma and preserves good. He is the controller of entire cosmos and threat to evil forces. Lord Vishnu incarnates on earth fighting against adharma in order to maintain the harmony. In Bhagavad Gita Lord has said यदायदाहिधर्मस्यग्लानिर्भवतिभारत। अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्यतदात्मानंसृजाम्यहम्॥४-७॥ I would take birth again and again whenever loss of dharma happens. Most importantly Lord Krishna (One of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu) himself said this in Gita (one of the main scripture of hinduism and known as song of God). Certainly Lord Vishnu is the most incarnated God amongst Hindu Gods who takes birth to unburden the earth. Puranas like agni purana, bhagawad, garuda purana, matsaya purana, narad purana and many more has confirmed this by describing the avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. Dashavatara are the ten main avatars of Lord Vishnu namely Buddha, Krishna, Rama, Parashurama, Narasimha, Vamana (the dwarf), Matsya, Kurma, Varaha (the boar) and finally he will be Kalki in kaliyug. The Viraat Rupa or the Vishvarupa of Lord Vishnu is the supreme expression of God where whole universe is contained in Him. This form is the form that describes all forms is of Him. “He is in everything and everything is in him.” Lord Krishna showed the Viraatrupa to Arjuna in Mahabharat to clear his confusion, doubts and attachment so that he can fight for dharma. Vishnu is the inner and outer of the devotee. It is upto the devotee which path he chooses nirguna (formless) or saguna (having form) as both will reach to the Lord Vishnu :). Make your heart the abode of Lord purifies the mind and enlightens the intellect. Pc: unknown #mahadev_devadidev
Lord Hanuman is one of the seven immortals, and is believed to be alive to this day. The master of Ashta Siddhis or eight powers, Lord Hanuman is very powerful as well as compassionate to his devotees. The glories of Lord Hanuman are countless. Accepting Rama as his master and installing his name and form in his heart, Lord Hanuman has accomplished countless feats that have made him immortal. People worship Hanuman with devotion and faith reciting his hundreds of names. Worshipped by many who wish to gain courage and strength in their lives, Lord Hanuman is probably one of the most celebrated and revered figures. शास्त्रों में रामभक्त हनुमान के जन्म की दो तिथि का उल्लेख मिलता है. जिसमें पहला तो उन्हें भगवान शिव का अंश माना गया है, क्योंकि रामभक्त हनुमान की माता अंजनी ने भगवान शिव की घोर तपस्या की थी और उन्हें पुत्र के रूप में प्राप्त करने का वर मांगा था. तब भगवान शिव ने पवन देव के रूप में अपनी रौद्र शक्ति का अंश यज्ञ कुंड में अर्पित किया था और वही शक्ति अंजनी के गर्भ में प्रविष्ट हुई थी. फिर चैत्र शुक्ल पक्ष की पूर्णिमा को हनुमानजी का जन्म हुआ था. भगवान शिव ने 12 रूद्र अवतार लिए हैं जिनमें से हनुमान को श्रेष्ठ माना गया है. Pawanputra Hanuman was an Ansh of Lord Shiva and is considered to be an exemplification of strength, devotion, and perseverance. Pc:@_the_lion_heart_ #mahadev_devadidev
The traditional lore considers Shiva as the lord of dance, Nataraja and the lord of yoga, Yogeshwara, whereas Shakti is considered the creative power and energy of Shiva, the mother of all beings, the one that protects life and destroys what threatens it. In Indian dance we encounter the qualities of Tandava (masculine,dynamic,energetic) and Lasya (female, beautiful, graceful). Tandava is the dance of Shiva as the father of the universe and Lasya, the dance of Shakti as the Great Mother of the World. These two qualities coexist and are expressed through the body and soul of the dancer. Creation and Destruction are the two ends of the same moment. Everything between creation and destruction, birth and death, is the journey of life. Shiva Nataraja combines in a single image Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of life and time. Shakti, one of the most important goddesses in the Hindu pantheon, is really a divine cosmic energy that represents feminine energy and the dynamic forces that move through the universe. Shakti, who is responsible for creation and can also be an agent of change, is often manifested to destroy demonic forces and restore balance. As a vital cosmic force, Shakti takes many forms and names, including mother goddess, fierce warrior, and the dark goddess of destruction. In Hinduism, every god has a Shakti, or energy force. It’s one of the reasons she is worshipped by millions of people. Pc: @unaltered_perception #mahadev_devadidev
Teej is a celebration of the monsoons (saawan or shraavan) and all that accompanies it. It is the celebration of nature and its abundance during this period. With India being an agricultural country primarily, this festival serves an important role in the Hindu culture. Women around the country, celebrate this festival by welcoming the monsoon with singing and dancing, dressing up in brightly-coloured clothing, applying henna on their hands and sharing stories with their family and friends. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. According to legend, Parvati had to go through 108 cycles of birth and rebirth, until Lord Shiva finally agreed to marry her. The Goddess Parvati is also known as Teej Mata and Hindu women around the world pray to her on this festival for the protection of their husbands and thank her for the abundant monsoon. Teej, which literally means ‘third’, falls on the third day of the month of Shraavan and on the third days of the waning and waxing of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapada, in accordance with the Hindu lunar calendar.  Pc:@rao_rishi_official #mahadev_devadidev

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भगवान शिव के त्रिशूल पर विराजमान है समूची काशी नगरी उत्तर प्रदेश में काशी यानी वाराणसी को भगवान शिव की नगरी ही कहा जाता है। भगवान शिव के 12 ज्योर्तिलिंगों में काशी विश्वनाथ मंदिर वाराणसी में गंगा नदी के तट पर विद्यमान है। सावन आते ही भगवान शिव के दर्शन के लिए देश-विदेश से लाखों श्रद्धालु यहां पहुंचते हैं। इस मंदिर के दर्शन को मोक्ष प्रदायी माना जाता है। इस मंदिर का दर्शन करने वालों में आदि शंकराचार्य, सन्त एकनाथ, रामकृष्ण परमहंस, स्वांमी विवेकानंद, स्वाआमी दयानंद, गोस्वारमी तुलसीदास जैसे बड़े महापुरुष रहे। माना यह भी जाता है कि काशी विश्वनाथ ज्योतिर्लिग किसी मनुष्य की पूजा, तपस्या से प्रकट नहीं हुआ, बल्कि यहां निराकार परमेश्वर ही शिव बनकर विश्वनाथ के रूप में साक्षात प्रकट हुए। हिंदू धर्म में काशी विश्वनाथ का अत्यधिक महत्व है। कहते हैं काशी तीनों लोकों में न्यारी नगरी है, जो भगवान शिव के त्रिशूल पर विराजती है। मान्यता है कि जिस जगह ज्योतिर्लिग स्थापित है वह जगह लोप नहीं होती और जस का तस बना रहती है। कहा जाता है कि जो श्रद्धालु इस नगरी में आकर भगवान शिव का पूजन और दर्शन करता है उसको समस्त पापों से मुक्ति मिलती है। #mahadev_devadidev