UNDERGROUND WEB WORLD
SHIVA SITTING IN MEDITATION
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Shiva is one of the principle deities in Hinduism.
Above he is pictured sitting in meditation.
The iconic attributes of Shiva are also pictured above: the serpent around his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing through his hair, the third eye on his forehead, a trident, a drum, beads and animal skin.
Shiva is often depicted with snakes. It is said the serpent on Shiva’s neck represent the endless cycle of birth and regeneration. Another interpretation is that the snake on his neck represents ego which once controlled can be worn as an ornament.
As to the moon in Shiva's hair, there are several different interpretations of the crescent's importance. One interpretation is that the crescent moon represents the cyclical nature of the universe. The waxing and waning of the moon is said to symbolize the cycle through which creation evolves – birth and death. This cycle of creation and destruction is controlled by Lord Shiva – who is said to represent time, creation and destruction. Others say that the crescent moon Shiva wears on his crown, is a symbol of love – the nightly love of creation and thus a fertility symbol.
The Ganga river represents purification and forgiveness.
The third eye refers to an eye which can see that which is not physical, but that which is beyond the physical. The third eye often refers to the gate that leads to the inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.
The trident, or "trishula," is said to represent the trinity of creation, maintenance and destruction.
The drum attatched to the trident, or damaru, is said to be created by Shiva to produce the spiritual sounds by which the whole universe is created and regulated. The drum is also used as an instrument in meditation practice.
The beads are said to be endowed with cosmic powers to elevate the soul and assist on the path of ascension. Shiva himself is often portrayed wearing a Rudraksha beads Mala on his head, arms and hands.
Shiva is sitting upon a tiger skin. Some legends say that Shiva is sitting on slain tiger skin as a symbol of the triumph over animal instincts.
Who Is Shiva? (BBC)
Shiva (World History Encyclopedia)
10 Tallest Statues of Lord Shiva in Sitting Posture (Walk Through India)