The family of Lord Shiva

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Santosh Gairola   By   santosh |  updated :   9 June 2018

The family of Shiva

The family of Lord Shiva is the best example of loving and a happy family. On this post, we will explore attributes of Lord Shiva family.

Before that exploration let's have a look at the significance of family

The family is the base of our lives

Life is all about collecting small moments and, making them, special for everyone.

The family doesn't always mean, including blood relation, it is a special bond which we share with the people who are our well-wisher.

It could be your friend, your loving wife, your husband, your fiance, your close friend, girlfriend , your boyfriend, your colleague, neighbor, teammate or the person who admires you or inspire you the most.

The sweetness of the relationship gives us the strength to fight against all the odds.

Family protects us from the toxic people and, guide us towards prosperity.

Today's new life, where people are getting fail in developing a stronger relationship.

Those people are lucky, who has a caring family where younger's respect their seniors.

Life becomes happy when you have a family where its members love you, unconditionally.

Now let's move towards Family of Lord Shiva and see who are in it?

Shiva head of the family

Shiva is Immortal, omniscient and greatest transformer mentioned in Puranas and Vedic literature.

Swayambhoo, Shiva is limitless and, there is no father of Shiva . He emerged on his own will.

Shiva has a special place in Sanatan Dharma and, regarded as Mahadev.

There is no one like Lord Shiva, who is known for living a thoroughly unconventional lifestyle which includes Vairagya and family as complementary to each other.

Lord Shiva is the supreme god of all deities who has a loving family. In which Lord Shiva plays the duty of the family head.

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Everything depends on Shiva's will, Shiva is a loving husband to Goddess Parvati, A loving father to Lord Kartikeya, Lord Ganesha, Lord Ayyappa and Ashok Sundari and lastly, Shivagans.

Although there are also other son's mentioned in various Vedic texts like Jalandhar, Ankadak, Bhumi, etc.

But, most of them were just a little portion of Shiva's component, they have emerged from Shiva's tear, anger, etc.

In the Vedic literature, they are not defined, as the family members of Shiva except Bhumi, who was born from Shiva's sweat.

Goddess Parvati

Goddess Parvati was the second incarnation of Aadishakti who took birth for getting married to Lord Shiva.

The first one was Goddess Sati, who was married to Lord Shiva but unfortunately, the love story of Shiva and Sati remained unsuccessful.

Goddess Sati gave her life when she heard her father defaming Shiva. After the sad dismissal of Goddess Sati, Furious Shiva destroyed the entire kingdom of Sati's father Daksha and decapitated Daksha head.

Later on, at the request of Daksha's wife and daughters, Shiva returned Daksha life with the head of a goat.

This tragic incident turned Shiva into Vairagi and, Aadishakti decided to manifest herself as Goddess Parvati next time.

Now, Goddess Parvati is the consort of Lord Shiva.

To become the consort of Lord Shiva, goddess, did the complex penance on Lord Shiva.

It took so long for goddess Parvati to win Lord Shiva's heart. After that Parvati gets married to Shiva.

Now she shares a beautiful story of love with Shiva.

Lord Kartikeya -the elder son of Lord Shiva

Lord Kartikeya is the elder son of Lord Shiva who was born to slay a demon named TarakaSura.

The influence of Lord Kartikeya can be easily felt in the south by different names like Subramaniam, Senthil, Murugan.

Enlightened in all the combat art by Shiva himself, a spear is Lord Kartikeya significant weapon.

Lord Ayyappa

After the death of Mahisasura by Goddess Durga. The sister of the demon Mahisasura, emerged as Mahishi to take revenge on humanity and everyone.

She meditated upon Lord Brahma and received a boon that only a combined strength of Shiva and Vishnu can kill her.

Ultimately, Lord Vishnu took Mohini form so, as to procreate with Shiva. Lord Ayyappa was born with this union who is also known as Sastav.

Finally, Lord Ayyappa freed the world from the atrocities of the Mahishi.

The various states of India Worship Lord Ayyappa by different names. For example, Tamil Nadu worships Lord Ayyappa as, Lord Aiyannar.

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed auspicious lord who is the younger brother of Lord Kartikeya.

Lord Ganesha is believed to be the remover of all kind of obstacles. It is the reason Lord Ganesha is also known as Vighnaharta.

In Sanatan Dharma, Lord Ganesha represents the auspiciousness and high level of intelligence. Lord Ganesha is also believed to be the giver of skill & power.

There are many names of Lord Ganesha, for example, Vakratunda, Vinayak, and, Ganpati.

Ashok Sundari

Once upon a time, Goddess Parvati desired to have a daughter, who could understand her better. Hence she created a daughter from the tree.

Since she took Goddess Parvati out from the grief of being in solitude, she became Ashokasundari.

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Shok means sorrow and Ashok means the remover of the grief.

The Sundari name is given to her because she was a beautiful daughter.


Shiv Gans is also the integral part of the Shiva family.

These all are the distorted creatures who live on Mount Kailash with Shiva.

For them, Shiva is their father and, Goddess Parvati is their Mother. Lord Ganesha is their leader hence known as Ganpati.

They are the patron of the Kailash Parvati. Their permission is mandatory to meet with Lord Shiva.

Most of them are the ghost, apparitions, Aghoris, animals. Bull Nandi is major in them who is then followed by Shringi and Bringi Ghost.

Lesson to learn from the Family of LordShiva

Sages all around the globe admire the quality of Lord Shiva.

Although there are so many lessons, which we could learn from Lord Shiva.

But, there is something, really amazing hidden message in the family of Lord Shiva.

Goddess Parvati rides the tiger, Lord Kartikeya, rides peacock and Lord Ganesha rides a rat.

In contemporary form, Shiva has a snake on his Neck and, Bull Nandi is his vehicle.

All these animals have different attributes and traits their feeding habits are different still they live in complete Harmony.

Humanity can learn this great message from them.


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