Lord Shiva's Statue in Rishikesh

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  1. Vyom

    Vyom Seeker Elite Member

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    Just wanted to share this extremely serene and grand image of the Lord. Never seen a more engaging statue of Him. This, although, does not looks too old. Anyone has any idea how old is it?


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    How about this one then?

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    Even if you make the ugliest statue of our dear deities, they would still be incomparable. This one is good too, but still the one above expresses something more subtle and graceful. Look at the face and the posture of the statue - it's just an exceptional piece of art.
     
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    Vyom,
    thats beautiful statue! I also think that the first statue exudes serenity, calm and peace. It seems like symbolic of the deep meditation.

    Here are few other impressive statues:

    Lord Shiva of Murudeshwara, district of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India

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    Lord Shiva statue. Nageshwar, near Dwarka. Gujarat. India

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    Shiva Statue, Bangolare

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    Shiva statue, Rishikesha(the night picture of the statue, Vyom had already posted in the first post):

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    Shiva statue outside Kashi Vishwanath temple

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    Shiva Statue, Bijapur, Karnataka, India

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    NATARAJ STATUE MADE FROM ALLOY OF FIVE METALS [PANCHA DHATHU]

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    Shiva Idol @ Gokarnanath Temple Mangalore

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    Ravanadarpavinasana Murthi(Lord who destroyed the ego of Ravana)

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    (the statue with several heads is ravana and the couple are Shiva and Parvati)

    Somaskandara:

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    Urdva tandavar

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    Nandi (Sanskrit: नंदी), is the bull which is the vehicle of Lord Shiva and the gate keeper of Kailash which is the abode of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. Temples venerating Shiva and Parvati display beautiful stone images of a seated Nandi, generally facing the main shrine. There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandi But here are some wonderful statues of Nandi across India:

    Nandi, Shiva's vehicle, on Chamundi hills, Mysore


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    Gangaikondacholapuram Nandi


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    thanjore-nandi-brahadeeswarar-temple

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    Darasuram main Nandi


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    Nandi being given a divine bath in Brihadishwara temple


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    shivaganga_nandi_at_the_peak


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    Virupaksha temple, Nandi, Karnataka


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    Lepakshi Nandi


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    The largest Hindu community outside India now has a monument of equal size: Trinidad recently received an 85 feet high statue of god Hanuman.


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    WoW Kudos to the Designer! This looks Awesome!
     
  10. johnee

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    ^^^Dark Prince,
    the scene depicted in the above picture is when Lord Shiva is catching Ganga in his locks. This scene is part of Ganga avatarna within Ramayana. This episode of Ganga avatarna(Ganga taking an earthly avatar) is one of the celebrated episodes in Ramayana. Rishi Valmiki rarely gives phalashruti(gains of listening/reading a particular story/poem/song regarding a divinity). But he gives a phalashruti to this episode. He says that one who listens to Ganga avatarna, will have a full life, will achieve good fame, will have all his good desires fulfilled and his papam accounts will be cleared.

    Ravana wrote a poem on Lord Shiva, where he describes how the Ganga within the hair-locks of Lord Shiva. It is a beautiful rendition with amazing lyrics.

    Here it is:
    Here is the audio:

     
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    Mamallapuram, about an hour south of Chennai along the East coast, hosts India’s largest and most dramatic relief-sculpture. It represents the celebrated episode in Ramayana of the descent of the river Ganga from heaven to earth. W can see Lord Shiva appearing before the Bhagiratha who is in deep penance.
    It was King Bhagiratha(ancestor of Lord Rama) who is credited in the Ramayana as having brought the divine river Ganga to the earth. Ganga is said to exist in three worlds: in the heavens(where it is known as akasha ganga), on the earth(where it is known as bhagirathi) and in patala(the netherworld which is supposed to be the home of demons).

    Here is the full sculpture picture:

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    Here is another sculpture of the ganga avatarna episode:

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    Hordes of Devas, Devis and other celestial beings follow.

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    This sculpture depicts gandharvas, apsaras and ganas racing to catch a glimpse of this miracle(of descent of Ganga); the bent knees create the impression of everyone flying. Even sages, a hunter and a laborer are drawn in. In the center of the tableau above, you see Kinnaras, heavenly musicians with the upper body of humans and the legs of birds, holding a stringed instrument and cymbals. Various ducks, birds and deer too, rush to partake of this miracle.

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    Here is the full view :

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    Statue of Shiva as Gangadhara

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    Gangadhara (descent of the Ganges) sculpture on Elephanta cave near Mumbai (Bombay) India

    Shiva takes Ganga - the heavenly river - on his head before it falls down to earth. This form of Shiva is known as Gangadhara. Parvati, his consort is shown beside him, and River Ganga is shown as a three headed goddess above his crown


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    Deity of Lord Shiva at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple India.

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    ^^^The above murthi is the Dakshinamurthi pose of Lord Shiva. Here is another one:

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    Sri Dakshinamurthi on the outside wall of Kadambar Koil in Narthamalai on the Tiruchi-Pudukottai route, which houses nine small hillocks, speaks volumes about the sculptural excellence during the period of the Cholas and the Pandyas. Link


    A rare depiction of Jnana-mudra at Ilambyankottur:

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    Lord Shiva in chin mudra:

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    Vyakhyana mudra (Pallava sculpture):

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    Dakshinamurthi(Lord Shiva) as Yoga Murthi:

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    Rishabharudha Dakshinamurthy

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    Here is a pictorial depiction of Dakshinamurthi as Vyakhyana-murti:

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    Dakshinamurthy is perhaps the only Hindu deity that sits facing the southern direction. This fact is implicit in the name itself. The great seer Ramana Maharshi, has interpreted the name as "Dakshina amurty", meaning one who is capable but without form. Both names refer to Lord Siva and represent Him as the Supreme Teacher. Dakshinamurthy's uniqueness as a teacher lies in the fact that he teaches through silence, through his all-pervasive Consciouness. The traditional image that portray Him thus is described by Sankara with a poetic play of words in the seventh verse of this work as "mudraya bhadraya".

    None can equal Sankara when it comes to the combination of the highest philosophical truths with brevity, simplicity and beauty of Sanskrit verse. In a short compass of ten verses he leads us to understand the oneness of the individual self and Brahman, the Ultimate Reality. Deep devotion to a personal God provides the way to seeing and attaining that Reality despite the limitations and illusory perceptions of the psycho-physical organism, that cloud that reality.

    Adhi Sankara has written very many great Stotras (prayers) but the Dakshinamurthi Stotram(prayer to Dakshinamurthi) is a unique prayer, which is not only a prayer but the summary of all the philosophy that he has taught. Even during his time, this stotra was difficult to comprehend and it became necessary for one of his disciples, Sureshwaracharya to write a commentary called Manasollasa to this stotra. There are large number of books and commentaries on this commentary itself.

    Here is the Dakshinamurthi Stotram:

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    Here is picture of Adi Shankaracharaya:

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    He wrote the Dakshinamurthi Stotram in praise of Lord Shiva. He is also credited with reviving Hinduism when it was on its last crutches. He consolidated the Advaita Vedanta. Shankara travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to reinstall and consolidate Hinduism(or Santana Dharma) through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He founded four mathas ("monasteries"), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Hinduism.

    Here is the audio of Dakshinamurthi Stotram:



    Here is the English translation of Dakshinamurthi Stotram:

     
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    Adi Shankara travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to reinstall and consolidate Hinduism(or Santana Dharma) through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He founded four mathas ("monasteries"), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Hinduism.Sri Sharada Peetham in Sringeri is the first and foremost of the four Peethams established by the renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara, the principal exponent of Advaita (non-dualism). The Divinity of Knowledge, Goddess Sharada, installed at Sringeri by Sri Adi Shankara, graces the Peetham as the presiding deity. Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, the 36th in the illustrious and unbroken lineage of Acharyas presently adorns the throne of transcendental wisdom - the Vyakhyana Simhasana, the title associated with the Pontifical Seat of the Peetham. The Jagadguru upholds the activities of the Peetham towards the propagation and sustenance of Sanatana Dharma while pervading the lives of many thousands of disciples as their spiritual guide.


    Here is the picture of Goddess Sharada(she is the presiding deity of Sharada Peetham). She is the goddess of knowledge/wisdom/learning:

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    Link to website of Sharada Peetham
     
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    108 Names of Lord Shiva

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    Each of these names deserves a book, to explain their complete meaning, so here, only a very simple meaning is being given.
     
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    Om Namah Shivaya (Shiva Sahasranama Mantra)



     
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    The following mantram appears at the start of the Shiva Sahasranama mantram in the above video. This mantram is also part of Sri Rudram. It is a very powerful mantram. It is said that chanting it gives great advantages.

    Shiva Upasana Mantram:


    Namaste astu bhagavan vishveshvaraya mahadevaya tryambakaya
    tripurantakaya trikagni kalaya kalagnirudraya nilakanthaya
    mrutyunjayaya sarveshvaraya Sadashivaya shriman mahadevaya namah.


    Meaning of the mantram:

    May (our) salutations be to You, O Bhagavan, who are Vishveshvara (the lord of the universe), mahadeva (the great God), trayambaka (the three-eyed One), tripurantaka (the destroyer of the three cities), trikagnikala (the time of the agnihotra when the three fires garhapatya, dakshinagni, and Ahavaniya, are used), kalagnirudra (the Rudra who consumes everything as the fire of kalagni at the time of destruction), nilakantha (the blue-throated One), mrityunjaya (the conqueror of Death), sarveshvara (the Lord of all), sadashiva (the ever-auspicious One), and sriman mahadeva (the celebrated and great God).


    How and When to chant the Mantram:

    It is advised that chanting this mantram three times at the pradosha time will accrue great benefits to the people. Pradosha time means dawn, dusk and noon. So, one may chant this mantram three times at dawn or/and dusk or/and noon. One can also meditate on this mantram by chanting it mentally or only on lips(without sound coming out) or vocally for 108 times. This is considered to give extraordinary benefits and blessings of Lord Shiva.
     

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