8 unknown Facts About Lord Shiva That You Have Never Heard Before
You have certainly never heard about these facts of Lord Shiva until now
Lord Shiva is counted as one of the Trimurti (Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh) in traditional India. For many people, including non-Indians, he may be perceived as a taboo. However, only believers and philosophers know the truth about his existence.
Many legends about him are as true as the existence of human beings. It’s up to you if you want to believe it or not. Here, I am presenting you with the most unbelievable and unknown facts that will certainly blow your mind.
1. The truth about his existence
Legends say that he came out in the form of Rudra from Lord Brahma. Other legends speak about his eternal light that extends beyond the existence. However, other texts speak about his existence in relation to the formation of the material world.
According to the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, a sacred Vedic text by Srila Vyasdev, the material world has innumerable universes coming out from the body of Maha Vishnu, who is lying in yoganindra in the causal ocean. Every universe has 11 Rudras, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma. Above the material world, the original Shiva tattva, Lord Sadashiva, lives with his eternal concert, Parvati Devi.
Of course, varied texts speak differently about his existence. However, I found the explanation of Srimad Bhagwatam extremely unique and logical.
2. Lord Shiva and Vaishnavism
In Mahashivratri, devotees of Lord Shiva specifically worship him to get some benediction in return. Single women are primarily attracted to ask for a simple benediction of a good husband. Married women pray for having a long-lasting relationship.
In Vaishnavism, however, devotees of Lord Vishnu treat Lord Shiva with utter respect. For them, Lord Vishnu is the primary object of love. That’s why Mahashivratri is important for the worshippers of Lord Vishnu. They ask a benediction to remove obstacles from the path of devotional service to Lord Vishnu.
3. The relationship between Ghosts and Lord Shiva
Originally, according to Vedic literature, ghosts do not have a physical body or form. Their form is subtle and invisible to the physical eye. The reason behind this is that the ghostly form is usually made out of three elements: mind, intelligence, and false ego.
The individuals that die and fail to get another physical form becomes a ghost. Lord Shiva is compassionate to such ghosts and always desires to help them in getting next body. Such ghosts usually take shelter of Lord Shiva, who in return, guide them to the path of the self-realization.
4. The dancing Lord
Lord shiva as lord of dance is excellent in the activity. His dancing form of tandava is famous throughout the world as steps for destruction. Ancient scriptures say that this particular form of dancing is only exhibited when the universe would be about to end. The entire universe is loaded with water due to the power of dancing.
While dancing, Lord Shiva holds a small damaru or drum in his right hand while the trident goes over his left. You would have seen many lord shiva pictures in such a pose.
5. Gopishvara Mahadev
Mahadev is the Lord of all the Demigods. However, his unique form as Gopishvara Mahadev is quite interesting and famous in the city of Vrindavan. He is different from other lord shiva images. Just in the entrance of the place, you would see a temple of Gopishvara Mahadev where all the devotees of Lord Krishna go.
According to Srimad Bhagwatam, once Lord Shiva desired to become one of the Gopis and participate in the pastimes of Lord Krishna. He tried to enter Vrindavan, but he couldn’t. Therefore, he took bath in the Sacred water of Ganges and came out as Gopishvara Mahadev having a form as that of a Gopi.
That is why devotees of Lord Shiva in Vrindavan worship Gopeshwar Mahadev in the form of regular shivalinga in the day. At evening, the worshippers dress his shivalinga in the form of a Gopi with sari and ornaments.
6. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva
Throughout the world, people have been debating about the supremacy of either Lords of the universes. However, I failed to miss one of the primary observation that may blow your mind.
Wherever there is a temple of Lord Vishnu, you would see a Shivalinga being worshipped along in the same temple. This aspect is differently signified by varied sects. I found many lord shiva temple near me having similar aspects.
7. The unknown story of mosquitoes
The legend about mosquitoes is famous in Vrindavan that is unknown to many Lord Shiva followers. This is a unique and unknown lord shiva history you will see today. One of the great saints and worshippers of Lord Krishna, Sanatana Goswami, was meditating near Chakaleshvara Mahadev at Govardhan hill. He used to perform his daily sadhana and wrote several sacred texts.
However, several mosquitoes started to disturb him, making it physically impossible to perform such unique and meditative tasks. One day, as he urged leave, Lord Shiva decided to intervene. He wanted to see and feel the glorification of Lord Krishna by Sanatana Goswami. Thus, Lord Shiva came in the form of a Brahmana. He asked Sanatana Goswami about his decision to leave Chakaleshvara Mahadev temple. The reply was obvious, mosquitoes. He requested Sanatan Goswami to spend one more night in the temple and promised that the problem will be solved the other day.
Later, he called the Demigod that is specifically the in-charge of insects in this world. He ordered, “keep your mosquitoes away from my friend!” And this way, you would not see a single mosquito at that place even today.
8. Legend of Srimad Bhagwatam
Lord Shiva describes the authority of the sacred texts, such as Srimad Bhagwatam, through this pastime. Once lived a great soul Poonthaanam, a devotee of Lord Krishna, who recited and explained stories of Srimad Bhagavatam. His discourses were about Lord Vishnu and His activities around the universe. One day, he went in a Lord Shiva temple called Kottiyoor in North Kerala.
He started reciting 10th canto, 60th chapter of the sacred text. At that time, He was explaining about how Lord Krishna teased Queen Rukmini. When Poonthaanam was finished, he decided to end the session. He bookmarked the page and called it a day. Another day, the bookmark would be at the start of the 60th chapter that he finished the previous day. This perplexed him greatly but he continued to recite the same chapter again. This happened every single day with him. However, he stayed there only for a few days.
The specialty of the temple was that it would only be opened for a few days in a year. Being the last day, he had to leave the temple with other followers. Somehow, he forgot to bring Srimad Bhagavatam. When he hurried back to the temple, he heard someone was reciting the same pages of the 60th chapter in 10th canto in a celestial voice. He observed through the keyhole of the door that Lord Shiva was reciting the verses and having his own discourse with Mother Parvati and Ghosts.
When the discourse ended, Lord Shiva agreed that Poonthaanam was better reciter of Srimad Bhagavatam than him. Of course, this was his compassion and humbleness. Later, he said that he had been keeping the bookmark at the start of the chapter.
Such activities show the uniqueness of the relationship between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Therefore, without the consultation of sacred ancient texts, nothing should be speculated, which is sadly a famous activity throughout the world.
Comment and let me know your thoughts about the unknown facts I shared with you this Mahashivratri. You are free to mention any unknown fact that I forgot to mention here.