Category: Hindu God and Goddess

Saptamatrika-Seven Mother Goddesses in Durga Saptashati

In Hindu Shaktism, some special forms of Adishakti are collectively called Matrika. As they are seven in number, they are also called Saptamatrika. They are: Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi and Chamunda. However, according to some, the forms of Matrika are eight in number and they are known...

Why does Lord Shiva Wear Tiger Skin?

Lord Shiva’s dress is quite unique. He is often depicted wearing a tiger skin as a garment. Besides, the meditative image of Lord Shiva on the tiger skin or the standing image of him with a tiger skin wrapped around his body is very familiar to the Shiva devotees....

Ashtalakshmi-8 Forms of Goddess Lakshmi

What are the Eight Forms of Goddess Lakshmi? Ashtalakshmi or ‘Eight Lakshmis’ are the eight special classical forms of Lakshmi, the goddess of Hindu wealth. They are the eight sources of wealth and symbolize the various powers of Goddess Lakshmi. Photo credit:Hindu Cosmos Ashtalakshmi or ‘Eight Lakshmis’ are also...

12 Traditional Forms of Adishakti

Who is Adishakti? Adishakti or Divine Mother is considered as the Supreme Being in Hindu Shaktism. She is also called Adiparashakti, Paramashakti, Mahashakti, Mahagouri, Mahadevi, Mahalakshmi etc. The stories of her different forms are described in Hindu Puranas. Of these, twelve forms of Adishakti are closely connected with Bengali...

Shivalinga – A Devotional Representation of Lord Shiva

A Powerful Symbol According to Shiva Purana, “The distinctive sign through which it is possible to recognize the nature of someone is called a linga”What is not visible yet can be identified by one thing – that is a Linga. A Shivalinga is a symbol and devotional representation of...

Lesser Known Facts about Lord Shiva’s Vahana

Lord Shiva’s Incarnation While entering in a Shiva temple we usually catch sight of a sculpture of a bull. We know him as Nandi. He is the Vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. But many of us do not know that Nandi himself is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Photo...

Mysterious Mount Kailash – The Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva

Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva’s sacred abode, is located in Tibet. In Hinduism and Buddhism, Kailash is believed to be the physical incarnation of Mount Meru. Mount Kailash is also known as the stairway to heaven. Almost 7000 people have abled to climb 8848 metre high Everest. But no one...