Hinduism

How did lord Shiva die?

Lord Shiva, being a god in Hinduism, is considered to be eternal and immortal.

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According to Hindu mythology, he does not have a physical death like mortals. He is considered to be the god of destruction, and his role in the cosmic cycle of creation and destruction is seen as a necessary aspect of existence. Therefore, it is said that he continues to exist beyond the destruction of the physical world and remains present in the next cycle of creation.

In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is one of the three main Hindu gods, along with Brahma and Vishnu. He is considered to be the god of destruction and regeneration and is often depicted as a yogi or a hermit who lives in the Himalayas.

How did lord Shiva die?

One of the most famous stories in Hindu mythology related to Lord Shiva’s death is the story of Sati, his wife. In this story, Sati, the daughter of the king of gods, Daksha, is married to Lord Shiva against her father’s wishes. Daksha organizes a great yagna (a ritual sacrifice) but does not invite Lord Shiva or Sati. Despite the slight, Sati attends the yagna and is humiliated by her father, who insults her husband.

Feeling hurt and ashamed, Sati sacrifices herself by jumping into the yagna fire. After hearing the news of his wife’s death, Lord Shiva becomes devastated and angry. He creates Veerbhadra, a fierce warrior, from his own body and sends him to destroy Daksha’s yagna. He then performs the Tandava, a cosmic dance of destruction, which causes the entire universe to tremble.

Later, Lord Vishnu, the god of preservation, intervenes and uses his Sudarshana Chakra (a weapon in the form of a discus) to cut Sati’s body into 51 pieces, which fall to earth. The places where the pieces fall are said to be the Shakti Peethas, considered very sacred and powerful places of worship for the goddess.

It is said that, upon Sati’s death, Lord Shiva withdrew from the world and went into deep meditation. He was so consumed with grief that he stopped the creation process, and the universe came to a standstill. Only after Lord Vishnu’s intervention did the cycle of creation and destruction resume.

In summary, Lord Shiva is not considered to have a physical death, but his wife’s death caused him to withdraw from the world and stop the creative process. Only after Lord Vishnu’s intervention did the cycle of creation and destruction resume.

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  1. But then Parvati came into lord Shiva’s life after the death of his wife Sati

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