The Deities of India - Lord Shiva


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Captured during my visit to Trimbakeshwar at Kusavarta, a place where river Godavari takes course. This is one of the ancient and artistic stone works of four armed Lord Shiva having a ride on his carrier the Nandi with the Parvati. you can see the face of the Ganga he holds in his head.

Shiva (pronounced /ˈʃiːvə/; Sanskrit: शिव, Śiva; IPA: [ˈɕivə]; meaning “Auspicious one”), also known as Rudra (the “Feared One”), is a major Hindu god and one aspect of Trimurti. In the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as the Supreme God. In the Smarta tradition, he is one of the five primary forms of God.

Followers of Hinduism who focus their worship upon Shiva are called Shaivites or Shaivas (Sanskrit Śaiva). Shaivism, along with Vaiṣṇava traditions that focus on Vishnu and Śākta traditions that focus on the goddess Devī are three of the most influential denominations in Hinduism.

Shiva is usually worshiped in the form of Shiva linga. In images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation or dancing the Tandava upon Maya, the demon of ignorance in his manifestation of Nataraja, the lord of the dance.

In some Hindu denominations Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva represent the three primary aspects of the divine, and are collectively known as the Trimurti. Lest one be a true student of these particular schools of thought, there could be some confusion, as to the “proper placement”, in respect to the three. Brahma is most oft the sustainer, or the very “being”, of the infinite; be it personal or impersonal. Vishnu would be the creator or originator, or he/that which “enters”. Shiva, therein, is the destroyer or transformer.

RAW file was processed in Adobe Camera Raw & converted to 5 TIFF format files with (+/-) 0, 0.5 & 1.0 exposure values and taken in Photomatrix for HDR conversion. Finally balanced in PS with multiple layer processing.

Equipment : Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 50 mm lens.

Av – F1.8, Tv – 1/30 Sec. ISO 100. Hand held

Copyright © Prasad 2009


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1. Incredible India – 16.11.2009

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