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, one of the greatest gods of Hinduism, also called Mahadeva. The "horned god" and phallic worship of the Indus valley civilization may have been a prototype of Shiva worship or Shaivism.
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Siva

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Siva, asteroid 140 (the 140th asteroid to be discovered, on September 29, 1930), is approximately 104 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.5 years. Siva was named after one of the principal Hindu divinities, a complex deity who was, among other things, a god of destruction. According to Martha Lang-Wescott, Siva represents “entrenched beliefs and expectations that are ‘wiped out’ to enable a liberation …; interest in India or oriental culture, objects and influences.” Jacob Schwartz adds to this, “understanding through catharsis.” This asteroid’s key words are “insight” and “episodic.”

Sources:

Lang-Wescott, Martha. Asteroids-Mechanics: Ephemerides II. Conway, MA: Treehouse Mountain, 1990.
Lang-Wescott. Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids. Rev. ed. Conway, MA: Treehouse Mountain, 1991.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

Siva

 

a river in the Udmurt ASSR and Perm’ Oblast, RSFSR, a right tributary of the Kama. The Siva is 206 km long and drains an area of 4,870 sq km. It flows primarily in a wide, forested valley. The river is fed mainly by snow. The Siva has a mean flow rate of 32.2 cu m per sec. It freezes in late October, and the ice breaks up in April. The city of Votkinsk is located on a right tributary of the Siva, the Votka River.


Siva

 

(also Shiva), one of the principal gods in Hinduism and the principal god in Sivaism. The worship of Siva is based on ancient Indian tribal fertility cults. Along with a number of other great gods of Hinduism, Siva personifies the destructive powers of nature. However, he is not only a punisher of sins but also a be-stower of blessings and a defender, not only a destroyer but also a creator. The creative nature of Siva is symbolized by images of the male genitalia—the lingam, or phallus. In iconography, Siva is portrayed as an ascetic immersed in contemplation, or as a figure in a frightening pose, or as a figure performing a sacred dance.

Siva

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Hinduism the destroyer, one of the three chief divinities of the later Hindu pantheon, the other two being Brahma and Vishnu. Siva is also the god presiding over personal destinies
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