What does Shiva mean?

Definitions for Shivaˈʃi və

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Shiva.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shiva, shivah, shibah(noun)

    (Judaism) a period of seven days of mourning after the death of close relative

    "the family is sitting shiva"

  2. Siva, Shiva(noun)

    the destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon


  1. shiva(Noun)

    a weeklong period of formal mourning for a close relative

  2. Shiva(ProperNoun)

    Together with Brahma and Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Within Shaivism he is viewed as the Supreme deity, whereas in other branches of Hinduism such as the Smarta tradition he is worshipped as one of the six manifestations of the Divine.

  3. Shiva(ProperNoun)

    used in India.


  1. Shiva

    Shiva is a Hindu deity. He is considered the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism. In other branches of Hinduism such as in the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God. He is "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer" among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. Shiva is usually worshipped in the aniconic form of lingam. He is described as an omniscient yogi, who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with a wife Parvati and two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. Shiva has many benevolent as well as fearsome forms. He is often depicted as immersed in deep meditation, with his wife and children or as the Cosmic Dancer. In fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. In many holy texts and puranas like Mahavishnu, Shiva or Mahadeva is also called Paramatman. Shaivas often see him as Parabrahma, and is regarded as Bhagwaan by devotees. The Shiva Sahasranama declares Shiva as "Paramatman", the supersoul found everywhere. He is commonly connected to the practice of Yoga.

Editors Contribution

  1. Shiva

    In Farsi: Meaningful and beautiful- in reference to poetry

    A meaningful poem is described as a "shereh shiva"

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shiva in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shiva in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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