”Samba Sadashiva (x3)
Hey Girijaavara (x3)
Hey Shiva Shankara (x3)
Lord Shiva is the most powerful god of the Hindu Trinity. The Sanskrit word Shiva is an adjective, which signifies “kind, auspicious, or gracious.” At the highest level, Lord Shiva is regarded as limitless, formless, transcendent, and unchanging.
In Hindu religious philosophy all things must come to a natural end so they can start again, and Lord Shiva is the agent that brings about this end so that a new cycle can begin. He is the god of destruction and regeneration, and the witness of all that passes. Moreover, Lord Shiva is closely linked with the Lingham (or Linga) – a phallus or symbol of fertility or sacred energy found in temples to the god.
The Trimurti is a concept in Hinduism in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer or transformer. These 3 sacred deities have been called “the Hindu triad” or the “Great Trinity”. Followers of Shaivism, named “Shaivas”, revere Lord Shiva as the Supreme Being. Shaivas consider that Lord Shiva is All and in all, the creator, destroyer, preserver, revealer, and concealer of all that is.
Shiva may be depicted standing on one leg with the right leg folded in front of the left knee and holding a rosary in his right hand, the usual posture of ascetic meditation. He wears five serpents as ornaments. He is said to be fair like an ice clad mountain or like camphor.
Lord Shiva bears on his head the crescent moon. The epithet Chandrasekhara (which translates as “Having the moon as his crest”) refers to this feature.