He' Paarvathee Hrudhayavallaba Chandramoule'
Boodhaathiba Pramadhanaadha Girisavaasa |
He' Vaamadhe'va bhavarudhra Pinaakapaane'
Samsaaradh:ukkaka Hanaath Jadheesa Raksha ||
The concept of the Hindu Trinity, establishing Brahma as the
creator, Vishnu as the preserver and Siva as the destroyer was
taught to the simple peasants by the Rishis.
Shiva is sometimes depicted as fiercefull god with terrifying
weapons and frightening face. In fact Shiva is not at all
firecefull or frightening and this fact can be understood while
we have an in-depth study of Vedas and Upanishads. Shiva is very
merciful and loving in nature. He always gives his devotees
whatever is asked for. He is the one who gave immense powers to
Ravana, Surapadma, Tharasura and many more assuras. He is
muscular while fighting with evils and that is why he is called
the Destroyer of evils. He is feminine while gracing his devotees
with love and that is why he is called Thaummanavar. He is the
male and He is the female. He is the Shiva and he is the Sakthi.
Without Shiva there is no Sakthi and without Sakthi there is no
Shiva. The Shivaskathi Concept is enshrined in Ardanareeswar
where we can see our mother in the left and our father in the
right. An iconographical and textual depiction of Siva, which
epitomizes this dynamic most powerfully, is through the figure of
Ardhanareeswara´s iconographical embodiment of paradox
and the meeting of dualities-embodied sonically as well as
visually-mirrors a similar paradox and synthesis embodied by
individual men and women. The male hormone Testosterone in women
and the female hormone Estrogen in men testify to the fact that
characteristics of both sexes are present in each one of us. The
production of these in our bodies keeps our personalities and our
bodies in balance. The differences are brought together in the
beautifully conceived anthropomorphic form of Ardhanareeswara.
The form encompasses every thing from action to inaction, eternal
rest to endless activity, the terrible and the benign. The Devi
depicted on the left half of the deity, is the power of god by
which creation, protection, and destruction of the universe is
accomplished. The philosophy of the Ardhanareeswara places the
genders on equal terms without question.