15 Secrets of Lord Shiva's Costumes ...
You must have seen a picture or statue of Lord Shankar. Shiva have jatas (many bunches of hair) on his head. Those jatas have a moon sign. He has a third eye on his head. They carry a snake and a rosary of Rudraksha around their neck. He has Damru in one hand and Trishul in the other. They are consumed ash on the whole body. They keep the lower part of their body wrapped with tiger skin. They ride Taurus (Nandi who is bull) and meditate on Mount Kailash.
Chandra( Moon) :
Shiva also has a name 'Som'. Som means Chandra. His day is Monday. Moon is a factor of mind. Shiva's wearing of the moon is also a symbol of mind control. The moon has direct connection with the Himalayan Mountains and the sea.
Importance of Chandra Kala(Moon state) :
Basically all the festivals and festivals of Shiva are based on Chandramas( lunation) Shivaratri, Mahashivratri etc. have importance of lunar arts in festivals associated with Shiva.
Relation to Chandradev:
It is believed that Lord Shiva's Somnath Jyotirlinga has established the Shiva lingam here because of Lord Shiva's removal of the curse of Soma. That is why the name of this Jyotirlinga, 'Somnath' became popular.
Lord Shiva always had a trident. It was a very infallible and deadly weapon. No power can stand before its power.
Trishul is also indicative of the destruction of 3 types of sufferings daily, divine, physical. It has 3 types of powers - Sat, Raz and Tama. Protons, Neutrons and Electrons.
The 3 prongs of the trident also represent the rise, preservation and sublimation of the world respectively. According to Shaivism, Shiva is the ruler of these three roles. It represents the Pashupati, animal and loop of Shaivite doctrine.
It is believed that it is also a symbol of the 3 periods (present, past, future) of Mahakaleshwar. Apart from this, it symbolizes the establishment of unity with the supreme position of the self, universe and power. It is also a symbol of the stable Eda in the left part, Pingala in the south and Sushumna nadis located in the central country.
Shiva's servant Vasuki:
Shiva had a close attachment to the Nagavanshis. All the people of Naga Kul resided in the Himalayas, the region of Shiva. Anantnag of Kashmir was the stronghold of these Nagavanshis. All the people of Naga clan followed Shaivism. The name Nageshwar Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva makes it clear that Shiva has an unbreakable relationship with the serpent or serpent because of being the God of serpents. There is a tradition of worship of serpents on Nagpanchami in India.
Among the Naga lineages, 'Sheshnag' is considered the first king of the Nagas. Sheshnag is also known by the name 'Anant'. He was a servant of Lord Vishnu. Similarly, after remaining, Vasuki became the servant of Shiva. Takshak and Pingala then took over the kingdom. Vasuki's kingdom was located near Mount Kailash and it is believed that Takshak settled Takshakshila (Taxila) in his name and ran a 'Takshak' clan. The stories of the above five are found in the Puranas.
Only after them were the descendants of the serpents named Karkotak, Airavat, Dhritarashtra, Anat, Ahi, Manibhadra, Allapatra, Kambal, Anshtar, Dhananjaya, Kalia, Saunfu, Dowdhia, Kali, Takhatu, Dhumal, Fahal, Kana, etc., who had different India- They ruled in different areas.
All Hindu Gods and Gods have one or the other musical instrument. In the same way God had Damru, which symbolizes nad. Lord Shiva is also considered the father of music. Before them nobody knew how to dance, sing and play. Lord Shiva dances in two ways - a tandava in which he does not have a damaru and creates joy when he plays the damru.
Now let's talk about sound(Naad). Naad means sound that continues continuously in the universe called 'ॐ'. Other voices in music keep on coming and going, the central voice existing among them is the sound. The origin of the four forms of speech is believed to be from Naad- 1. Par, 2. Pashyanti, 3. Madhyama and 4. Vaikhari.
It is not a matter of hurt sound, but of an injury sound. The eruption of subtle sounds such as chidananda, monolithic, agam and alakh, produced without any shock, is anahat or anahad nad. By listening to the divine music of this Anahata Nada, secret mental powers are revealed. The concentration of meditation on the sound gradually leads to trance. Damru is the symbol of this sound practice.
Shiva's Vehicle Taurus:
Taurus is the vehicle of Shiva. He is always with Shiva. Taurus means religion. According to Manusmriti 'taras is the form of God. According tot he Vedas called religion a 4-legged creature. Its 4 legs are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Mahadev rides this 4 legged Taurus i.e. Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha are under him.
According to one belief, Taurus is also called Nandi, one of the Ganas of Shiva. Nandi was the author of theology, economics, kamshastra and salvation.
Jatas:(Bunch of Shiva's hair)
Shiva is the god of space. His name is Vyomkesh, so sky is his Jatas forms. Jatas are a symbol of the atmosphere. Air pervades the sky. Above the solar system is the Parameshthi Mandala. Its semantic element is called Ganga, hence Ganga flows in the jata of Shiva. Shiva's Rudra form is considered to be a fierce and destructive form holder.
Ganga: The practice of offering water to Shiva started because of holding Ganga in the jata. When an attempt was made to bring Ganga from heaven to the earth, it also raised the question that this immense velocity of the Ganges could cause a huge hole in the earth, then the Ganges would enter the earth.
Shiva is called 'Trilochan' i.e. he has three eyes. There is a third eye between each person's eyebrows. Shiva's third eye is always awake, but closed. If you close your eyes, you will also feel this eye.
World and Sannyas:
This eye of Shiva is half open and half closed. It is a symbol of this that a person can fulfill the responsibilities of the world even while meditating or renounced.
With respect to the etymology of the Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, it is believed that this place is called the God of Trimbak (Three Eyes) due to the three-eyed Sivasambhu sitting here.
Hasti skin and Vyaghra skin:
Shiva bears the body skin and Vyaghra skin on his body. Hasti means elephant and Vighra means tiger. Celebrity is a symbol of pride and violence, so Shivji has suppressed both arrogance and violence.
Shiva's bow Pinak:
Clouds burst from the sound of the bow which Shiva had made and mountains started vibrating. It was as if an earthquake had occurred. This bow was very powerful. All three towns of Tripurasura were demolished with an arrow. The name of this bow was Pinak. This bow was handed over to Devaraja after the end of the period of the Gods and Goddesses.
It is noteworthy that Lord Shankar became very angry due to not giving the part of the yajna in King Daksha's yagna to Shiva and he decided to destroy all the gods with his pinnac bow. The earth's atmosphere became terrible with a hammer. With great difficulty his anger was pacified, then he gave this bow to the gods.
The gods gave a bow to Devaraja, the ancestor of King Janaka. Among the ancestors of King Janak was Nimira's eldest son Devaraja. Shiva-Dhanush was safe with King Janak as his heritage. This bow was made by Lord Shankar with his own hands. Nobody had the ability to lift this giant bow of theirs. But Lord Rama picked it up and climbed it and broke it in one stroke.
Chakra of Shiva:
The chakra was considered to be a small but most infallible weapon. All the gods and goddesses had their own separate chakras. They all had different names. Shankaraji's chakra was named as Bhaverendu, Vishnuji's chakra named Kanta Chakra and Devi's Chakra as Mriti Manjari. The name Sudarshan Chakra is inseparably associated with the name of Lord Krishna.
Very few people know that Sudarshan Chakra was created by Lord Shankar. According to ancient and authentic scriptures, it was built by Lord Shankar. After construction Lord Shiva handed it over to Srivishnu. Srivishnu gave it to Goddess Parvati when needed. Parvati gave it to Parashurama and Lord Krishna got this Sudarshan Chakra from Parashurama.
Lord Shiva places Tripund Tilak on the forehead. It is a tilak with three long stripes. It is a symbol of Trilokya and Triguna. It is also a symbol of Satoguna, Rajoguna and Tamoguna. This tripund is of white sandalwood or consumed.
Tripunda is of two types - the first is a red dot between three stripes. This point is a symbol of power. The common man should not apply this kind of tripund. The second one is a tilak or tripund with only three stripes. This causes the mind to concentrate.
Kundal in the ear:
Shiva kundal: There is a ear piercing ceremony in Hindus. In the Shaiva, Shakta and Nath sect, it is customary to wear a mudra or coil in it by piercing the ear at the time of initiation. Many types of diseases can be avoided by piercing ear and at the same time it also keeps the mind focused. According to belief, semen power also increases.
Rudraksha is believed to have originated from the tears of Shiva. According to religious texts, there are evidences of having Rudraksha up to 21 mouths, but currently after 14 Mukhi all Rudraksha are inaccessible. Wearing it gives positive energy and blood flow also remains balanced.