Hindu Mythology

The colorful deities and demons of India...

SHIVA

Hindu Destruction God

Picture of the Hindu Destruction God Shiva from our Hindu mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Dancing Hindu God of Universal Destruction

Known cheerfully as The Destroyer, he is Lord of the Cosmic Dance.

And how Shiva dances. One of the Trimurti Top Gods, he whirls and propels enemies to defeat and his dancing creates or destroys the Universe. Until you have seen him in action you really don’t know what break-dancing is.

He appears to have four arms and five heads, but this could be the blurring effect of his high-speed gyrations.

In his destroying mode he is known as Mahakala. See also Harihara.

Shiva Facts and Figures

Name: Shiva
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Destruction
Area of expertise: Destruction

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 1101

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Article last revised on September 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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