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More interesting facts on Shiva
- during the Mandi Shivaratri Fair held in Mandi, India, Hindu religiosity is the theme that establishes synthesis of the worship by Vishnu and Shiva cults?
- an eternal flame burns at Triyuginarayan Temple, believed to be the venue of the marriage of Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati?
- although the Siddhesvara Temple (pictured) in Karnataka, India is currently a temple of Shiva, historians are unsure of its original faith?
- the 9th century Navalinga temple in Karnataka, India, is a cluster of nine Hindu temples, each containing a Shiva linga?
- the Hindu god Shiva is worshipped in form of a navel-shaped lingam at Madhyamaheshwar temple?
- the Harihareshwara temple in Karnataka, India, was consecrated in 1224 CE, in dedication to Harihara (pictured), a fusion of the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu?
- the South Indian Hindu deity Shasta (statue pictured) is considered the son of Shiva and Mohini, a female form of Vishnu?
- the Hindu mythical beast Sharabha (pictured, god Shiva as Sharabha), described as mightier than the lion and elephant, is included in the list of edible animals in the Mahabharata?
- according to LGBT interpretations, the Hindu fire god Agni's role in accepting sacrifices is paralleled by his accepting semen from other gods like Shiva and Soma?
- according to Hindu mythology, the god Shiva assumed the form of a bull and his hump, arms, face, navel and hair are worshipped at the Panch Kedar temples (Kedarnath pictured) in Uttarakhand, India?
- Yana in Karnataka, India, offers treks to two rock outcrops of black crystalline limestone (pictured) that house a cave temple where a "self-manifest" Shiva Linga is venerated?
- Parikrama, an integral part of Hindu ritual, involves walking around a sacred object or place, as Ganesha (statue pictured) walked around Shiva in legend?
- Pampa Sarovar, the place in Hindu mythology where Shiva's consort Parvati performed penance to show her devotion to him, is a lake in Karnataka?
- a raga in Indian musician Ram Narayan's album Rag Shankara, Rag Mala in Jogia was named for an incarnation of Shiva?
- according to Hindu legend, the yogi Visoba Khechara taught his disciple Namdev the omnipresence of God by magically filling a whole temple with lingas—the symbols of god Shiva (pictured)?
- according to Hindu mythology, the Tandava, a vigorous dance by Hindu god Shiva (pictured), is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution of the universe?
- according to Hindu mythology, god Shiva proposed to his consort Parvati at Guptakashi?
- Kalpeshwar is the only temple in the Panch Kedar circuit, a group of five sacred Shiva temples in the Garhwal Himalayas, accessible throughout the year?
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