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The Birth of Lord Shiva

Posted Date January 23, 2016






Lord Shiva's birth is described in Srimad-Bhagavatam (3.12.7-13): "Although Brahma tried to curb his anger, it came from between his eyebrows, and a child of mixed blue and red was immediately generated.


After his [Shiva's] birth, he began to cry: "O destiny maker [Brahma], teacher of the universe, kindly designate my name and place.".


The all-powerful Brahma, born from the lotus flower, pacified the boy with gentle words, accepting his request, and said: Do not cry.


I shall certainly do as you desire. Thereafter, Brahma said: "O chief of the demigods, you shall be called by the name Rudra by all people because you have anxiously cried.


My dear boy, I have already selected the following places for your residence: the heart, the senses, the air of life, the sky, the air, the fire, the water, the earth, the sun, the moon, and austerity. My dear Rudra, you have eleven other names:


Manyu, Manu, Mahinasa, Mahan, Shiva, Atadhvaja, Ugrareta, Bhava, Kala, Vamadeva, and Dhrtavrata. You also have eleven wives, called the Rudranis, and they are as follows: Dhi, Dhrti, Rasala, Uma, Niyut, Sarpi, Ila, Ambika, Iravati, Svadha, and Diksa.





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