Shiva the destroyer of darkness & evil - Mahakaal

shiva the destroyer of evil - Mahakaal

santosh Gairola   By   santosh |     Last updated :   1 Jan 2018

Why people consider Shiva as the Destroyer of darkness and evil?

What comes to your mind when you listen the term Destroyer of darkness and evil or Mahakaal?

Many of my friends reading this post right now may not be aware the term but those who are aware will probably resemble it with Ghost rider. Yep, you are right, it literally means Ghost rider which becomes Bhootnath in my mother language.

Shiva is that Bhootnath who smears the ashes of the cremation ground. Some of you may consider this phenomenon as inappropriate but in reality, it has the spiritual meaning.

Ashes are the ultimate reality of all the living being who is made up of 5 elementary elements which are commonly known as Panch Tatva

  1. Air
  2. Water
  3. Earth
  4. Sky
  5. Fire.
Ancient Civilization understands it clearly. They call it PanchTatva which is the Sanskrit word. The Sanskrit Language is the primary root of the oldest civilizations. Ancient texts are written in it which is known as Vedas & Upanishads. Vedas & Upanishads defined Shiva as the center of quantum dynamics.

Introducing shiva the destroyer of Darkness and evil

Shiva is also known by the name of Mahadeva which means lord of lords. Shiva being Destroyer of the darkness and evil is the one who is zero and he is also the one who is infinite.

Shiva is one of the primary forms of God in the Sanatan Vedic Dharma, Shiva is the Destroyer or the Transformer who operates the phenomena happening in the cosmos among the primary aspects of the divine.

At the highest level, Shiva is limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless.

Since Shiva can be worshipped as formless or in any form or morph. Shivlinga is highest manifestation level of his formless morph.

Shiva and shakti

Attributes of the Shiva

Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash abode of Shiva householder with wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya and in fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons.

Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga and arts. The main iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead. Shiva third eye defines the inner consciousness of human sensory vision which could be invoked through the highest level of yoga and meditation.

Mighty Shiva

Words are not enough to define charm of lord shiva, still, i tried to write on Shiva-charismatic persona.

  1. The snake Vasuki around his neck
  2. The crescent moon adorning
  3. The holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair
  4. The Pellet drum commonly known as damaru as his musical instrument
    the trident as his weapon
  5. Shiva is usually worshiped in the aniconic form of Lingam

Temples of Lord Shiva are called shivalayam. Shiva is also known as Rudra, Lord of Destruction.

Best thing about Shiva is that apart from his Rudra avatar Shiva is known for his simplicity, That's why his followers call him Bhole-nath, simplest of simple god.

Lord Shiva has millions of name But most popular names associated with Shiva are Mahadev, Mahesh, Maheshwar, Shankar, Shambhu, Rudra, Har, Trilochan, Devendra (meaning Chief of the gods) and Trilokinath (meaning Lord of the three realms) Rudra is mentioned in the Rig Veda.

Point to Note
It is said that Lord Shiva trident is so heavy that nobody else can handle the weight of his trident except Mother Parvati. Lord Shiva Wife parvati known as AADI SHAKTI Avatar, SHIV+PARVATI = Shiv Shakti

Destroyer of the Darkness and Shiva Shiva is guiltless Mahadeva

He is the one who is in everyone or whose presence can be felt everywhere. Supreme ruler yet so silent. For his devotee, Shiva is not the just destroyer of darkness and evil.

He is the simplest of simple God. Various People knows him different ways, I know him as the one who never does injustice to anyone, the supreme consciousness.

He is auspicious to those people who believe in the power of truth and has compassion in their heart. Where everyone in this world wants elixir, he is the one who chooses poison for himself and drank it for saving the world and never ask for anything in return.

Shiva Founder of vairagya

The one who is always being a giver, not a taker. The one who taught the world not to be materialistic. Who himself is a Vairagi and a sage with a trident in his right hand. The one who treats every devotee equivalently, he never distinguishes them in the name of Rich, poor, caste, color, region. For someone, he is a father, for some one else he is a friend or a teacher who taught the world about Yoga, Ayurveda, and Music.

It is not about Shiva The destroyer of Darkness and evil, It is about you

For just a minute look around you. Observe the sound coming to you, now please look at the simple grass blade, how beautifully it is designed by nature. Problem is, we humans think that everything is human centric or related to humanity, Although somehow it is related to humanity it is not related to humanity completely.

It is related to your soul which is so pure and intangible. Being divine is the Easiest way to purify soul and Karma If we see and observe Hinduism then we really realize that how deep is its root. Hindus never invaded anybody in last 10,000 years and reason is obvious, they already have everything.

In today's tech world we are living a stress full life and we are dealing with it by taking antibiotics. Antibiotic medicine works differently on individuals. It may cause the side effect if used continuously.

On the other side, from Vedic age sages and Indian people knew how to deal with stress and other diseases without antibiotics. Yoga and Ayurveda helped Indians since ages, which is now part of their life. The World is now understanding it clearly, how these things can be beneficiary to entire human race.

21 June is the international Yoga day. Now Question comes how Hindus came to know about all these stuff? My answer will be simple from Vedas & Puranas (ancient Indian text). These Ancient epics define that Lord Shiva is the origin of all.

Shiva gave yoga to humanity and didn't ask anything in return. It doesn't mean, if you practicing yoga, you have to worship Shiva. Shiva never asked you to be his devotee. He doesn't need your devotion. He is complete in himself (supreme consciousness) that's why he is a Vairagi.

What is Devotion?

Firstly Let's understand this term Devotion many people use this term in their own self-interest. Actually, devotion means having compassion and sweetness for others in your heart. You should carry this sweetness in your heart. This extraordinary feeling which is known from the name of devotion will set you free from all your sorrows.

Without the feeling of compassion and sweetness in your heart, life will become bitter, which has happened to a huge segment of society. But you need to understand that there is a difference between love and devotion. So obviously there will be the difference between devotee and lover although both terms have a common ground which is affection.

A lover will be an intelligent person who will have an expectation with his / her partner whereas a devotee will never have any such expectation. The lover will always try to find what is in mind of his/her partner. For knowing this they will try to dissect them emotionally which is not in the case of a devotee.

Getting inner peace


Shiva the destroyer of darkness & evil is also known from the name of Maheshwara which means Maha - Ishwara. But it is not about Shiva it is about you. How you bring inner peace in you? Let make it more clearly by taking an example of a flower.

A Lover will pluck a flower from the garden and his intellectual mind will make him dissect it's petal in his emptiness whereas a devotee will do a song composition in the devotion after seeing that flower in his emptiness.

So it is not about Shiva, it is about you. It is about your inner peace and I have got my inner peace in Lord Shiva (The hindu god of destrction).

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