Get to Know the Different Forms of Lord Shiva

When there is nothing, then only everything can be attained. This is what Shiva means.

Lord Shiva has been a topic of discussion for religious experts, historians, philosophers, astronomers, science professional, and gurus for a long time.

Even artists across all the world take great inspiration and hence carve some alluring Lord Shiva Paintings.

The meaning of the word ‘Shiva’ is “that, which is not”. It means nothingness.

Shiva is taken as nothingness as a whole. A dark energy which accumulates everything in itself.

The overall picture of dark energy is often perceived as something which is negative, but, it is not. Shiva is also considered as the adi yogi, the first yogi that ever walked the earth.

Artists not only from India but across the world picture the Shiva in their paintings for the characteristics that embed in the artwork.

The paintings of Lord Shiva is known to offer prosperity and harmony to the entire surrounding.

Have you ever seen a painting of Lord Shiva (I am sure most of you must have)?

Shiva is portrayed as the blue-skinned man whose hairs are tied upwards and who wears animal skin and enjoys snake as a decorative jewellery around the neck. He has a damru in one hand and a Trishul in other.

So, what is the relevance of this?

This blog is going to offer you a glimpse of what are the hidden meanings of forms of this Hindu deity that are depicted in the Lord Shiva paintings. Let’s start:

Different Forms of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva paintings

The concave half moon

Shiva tattva means that there is no mind, and the crescent moon depicts mind. Confused?

You must be thinking how mindedness can be described if there is no mind, right?

The truth is that mind (a little bit) is required to understand, experience and reflect our expression.

Even the infinite consciousness (no-mind concept) also need a bit of mind to depict its relevance in the manifested world, to the people.

Hence, the half-shaped moon on the head of Shiva represents a way to express the inexpressible.


It is quite interesting but the Damru that Lord Shiva holds on to his hand and which we can witness almost in every painting of him signifies a rather relevant and logical concept.

The Damru here is a representation of the entire universe and its dynamic nature.

For instance, like the universe is expanding and contracting again & again, the process of creation goes the same way.

Another example would be if you ever see the display on an ECG machine, the heartbeat is not a straight line but a rhythmic movement that goes up and down.

Same happens with our universe also, energy elevates and then it goes down.

Another interpretation of the Damru is the sound, which is rhythm and energy. Scientists have also proven that the entire universe is a wave function.

So, Damru in the Lord Shiva paintings shows that entire universe is connected at all time.

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