What does Shiva mean?

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ˈʃi vəShi·v·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shiva, shivah, shibahnoun

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

    "the family is sitting shiva"

  2. Siva, Shivanoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. shivanoun

    a weeklong period of formal mourning for a close relative

  2. Shivanoun

    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. Shivanoun

    used in India.

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  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"

    Submitted by anonymous on June 26, 2017  

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Numerology

  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

Examples of Shiva in a Sentence

  1. Shiva Amini:

    For a few weeks, the entire internet was filled with stories about me, it created a very bad situation for my family in Iran and Shiva Amini in Switzerland.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    108 es un número sagrado especial en las culturas orientales y el hinduismo, la religión más antigua en nuestro mundo. para ilustrar, shivaganas son 108 en número, y por lo tanto los discípulos de shaiva utilizan cuentas de encaje 108 rudraksha por su japa. también recitan 108 nombres supremo señor de shiva diaria durante su shivapuja mañana. del mismo modo, en vaishnavism Gaudiya, hay 108 gopis de Vrindavan. srivaishnavism tiene 108 kshetras divya de vishnu señor, llamados como 108 divya desam. es sin duda fascinante saber el significado religioso y sagrado de 108.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    In Hinduism, there is a concept of "Trimurti", or the Great Trinity or the Supreme Power, which embodies the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction. These three cosmic functions are personified, in the Hinduism, by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer of evil. In my view, the word God also signifies, in it's three letters, these three cosmic functions of the Great Trinity from Hinduism, i.e. Generation, Organization and Destruction. I find it interesting that the concept of Great Trinity from ancient Eastern culture has been the basis for many faiths in the Western culture. It's amazing!

  4. Amit Ray:

    Lord Shiva invented the 84 lakhs yoga postures. He derived these postures just by observing the evolution and the journey of the soul in 84 lakh possible births. They are linked to the 84 ragas, 84 primary yoga postures, and the 84 primary nadis.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    108 is a special sacred number in Eastern cultures and Hinduism, the most ancient religion in our world. To illustrate, Shivaganas are 108 in number, and therefore Shaiva's disciples use 108 Rudraksha beaded lace for their japa. They also recite supreme lord Shiva's 108 names daily during their morning Shivapuja. Likewise, in Gaudiya Vaishnavism, there are 108 gopis of Vrindavan. Srivaishnavism has 108 Divya Kshetras of Lord Vishnu, called as 108 Divya Desam. It's surely fascinating to know the religious significance and sacredness of 108.

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