Shiva, the third in the Hindu Triad, is the destroyer, Brahma being
the creator, and Vishnu the preserver.
According to Hinduism, He who destroys, causes beings to assume new phases
of existence. Therefore Shiva, despite termed a destroyer is highly
Not only the deities but birds and animals associated with them are
also regarded as sacred. Shiva's insignia is a bull, a vrishabha,
called Nandi. He too is worshipped by virtue of being dear to Shiva, as
also being his vahana. Bull is a symbol of restrained power. In Shiva
temples, the gentle bull sits in front of the linga, gazing at his lord.
Here we have Nandi, independent of his Lord
Shiva. Devotees seek both, his strength, and his restraint.
Forming a parasol to the image of Nandi is a five-hooded serpent.
It represents the coiled energy of kundalini. The presence of serpents is
considered auspicious and believed to produce fertility, abundance and
paradoxically, protection from snakes. It is also considered to be a
phallic symbol and is associated with prolific off spring and the fertility
of the earth.
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The Tantric System of
The Tantrika Sadhana for
The Naga-pata and Kundalini
Ascent of the
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