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Shiva

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Siva

(shē`və), one of the greatest gods of HinduismHinduism
, Western term for the religious beliefs and practices of the vast majority of the people of India. One of the oldest living religions in the world, Hinduism is unique among the world religions in that it had no single founder but grew over a period of 4,000 years in
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, also called Mahadeva. The "horned god" and phallic worship of the Indus valley civilizationIndus valley civilization,
ancient civilization that arose about 3300 B.C. in the valley of the Indus River and its tributaries, in the northwestern portion of the Indian subcontinent, i.e., present-day Pakistan, and was at its height from about 2600 B.C. to about 1900 B.C.
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 may have been a prototype of Shiva worship or Shaivism. Shaivism is mentioned as early as the Upanishads and the Mahabharata (500–200 B.C.). Shiva is identified with the fierce Vedic god Rudra and, in his terrible aspect, is the god of destruction and cosmic dissolution. He is commonly worshiped in the form of the lingam, or symbolic phallus. His other main forms are the great yogi, or ascetic, and Nataraja, Lord of the Cosmic Dance. As a yogi he is depicted as seated deep in meditation in the Himalayas, holding a trident, a snake coiled around his neck, his body smeared with ashes, and his hair long and matted. As Nataraja, he is shown four-armed, bearing various emblems, and dancing on one foot on a prostrate demon. Shiva's mount is the bull Nandi, and his consort is the goddess Uma, Parvati, Durga, or KaliKali
[Hindi,=the Black One], important goddess in popular Hinduism and Tantra. Known also as Durga [the Inaccessible] and as Chandi [the Fierce], Kali is associated with disease, death, and destruction. As Parvati she is the consort of Shiva.
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Shiva

Lord of creation; danced to begin life. [Hinduism: Binder, 23]

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

Shiva

(Shiva Corporation, Cambridge, MA) A manufacturer of networking equipment. Founded in 1985, Shiva's first products were its network modems for Macs and PCs. LANRover was a proprietary remote access server, providing dial-up access to LANs. Shiva also developed the remote access software in Windows 95. In 1999, the company was acquired by Intel, and via subsequent acquisitions by Simple Access, Inc., Mernet and Eicon, Shiva products wound up in Dialogic Corporation (www.dialogic.com).
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In the role of LakmE[umlaut]'s father Nilakantha, Reda El-Wakil gives a passionate performance, as forceful and protective as his character dictates.
Bhubaneswar, Orissa Sahitya Akademi, 1982), and Nilakantha Das, Odia Sahityara Krama Parinama (2 volumes, Cuttack, 1948).
Nehemiah Nilakantha Shastri Goreh, Vedant mat ka bichar (An inquiry into Vedanta) (Allahabad: North India Christian Tract & Book Society, 1904).
The darker side of the emotional spectrum was provided by Nilakantha, Lakme's father, sung and acted with great authority by Dean Elzinga, also in a company debut.
1075 Nilakantha Mahadeva temple, Sunak (Gujarat; fig.
The great French baritone Alain Fondary, as Lakme's obsessed, anti-British father, Nilakantha, dominated the stage and was absolutely exciting in his portrayal.
As Lakme's father, Nilakantha, baritone Alfred Walker was nicely resonant in his declamation, though the scale of his voice tended to turn his righteous anger down a notch to righteous indignation.
It is said that on his deathbed Appayya gave several of his most cherished belongings to his grandnephew, Nilakantha Diksita, who went on to become a famous scholar and poet in his own right.
Although David Michael was a physically imposing Nilakantha, he looked far too young and his singing lacked the proper seasoning.
The Mahabharata translations are not even based on the Critical Edition, but upon that commented by Nilakantha, unaltered.
It was broadcast throughout the subcontinent by the success of the Tajikanilakanthi, a work by the Mughal court astrologer Nilakantha, who was commissioned to write it by Akbar in 1587, that is, just four years after Surya wrote his chapter on the Mlecchamata.