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What is the vehicle of Lord Shiva?
Shiva’s vehicle in the world, his vahana, is the bull Nandi; a sculpture of Nandi sits opposite the main sanctuary of many Shiva temples.
What does Lord Shiva carry?
He wears a garland of skulls and a serpent around his neck and carries in his two (sometimes four) hands a deerskin, a trident, a small hand drum, or a club with a skull at the end. That skull identifies Shiva as a Kapalika (“Skull-Bearer”) and refers to a time when he cut off the fifth head of Brahma.
How did Nandi become Shiva’s vehicle?
Shilada underwent severe penance to have a boon– a child with immortality and blessings of Lord Shiva, and received Nandi as his son. It is said that Nandi was born from a Yajna performed by the Shilada, and his body was clad in armour made out of diamonds when he was born.
Where does Shiva come from?
Shiva is generally thought to have originated from Rudra, a god worshipped in the Indus Valley during the Vedic period. Rudra was a hunter and a storm god, and was very fierce in his ways. He was one of the main deities in the Vedic pantheon.
How many wives does Shiva have?
Lord Shiva assumed the embodied form of these eleven manifestations and was allotted eleven wives for each of the forms, Dhi, Vritti, Ushana, Uma, Niyuta, Sarpis, Ila, Ambika, Iravati, Sudha and Dikshaa respectively.
Why is Nandi in front of Shiva?
Lord Shiva loves to spend time in meditation (Dhyanam). But this burning throat is not allowing him to do his meditation. Then he ordered Nandi to sit in front of him and blow some air on to his throat. The air blown on to his throat relieves him from the burning sensation.
Which side Lord Shiva should face?
North direction is the favorite direction of Lord Shiva and in this direction is the abode of Lord Shiva, i.e. Mount Kailash. That is why, to put a picture of Lord Shiva in the house, one should choose the north direction. Applying a picture in this direction gives auspicious results.