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HINDU GOD -
Shiva

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July 2021
Lord Shiva performs his mystic cosmic dance to keep life active in the cosmos and to guide devotees in attaining liberation. The dance of Siva & his consort Parvati reflect both the vigorous and masculine Tandavam and the tender and graceful Lasya, which represent the Purusha-Prakriti.
108 postures of his cosmic dance
Shiva danced of his own volition - 18 postures
danced along with his Devi - 36 postures
danced along with Vishnu - 9 postures
danced for Lord Muruga - 3 postures
danced for other Devas - 42 postures.


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July 2021
Lord Dakshinamurthy is seen as Saambaya Dakshinamurthy (seen in the seated posture with his ambigai Shanti Devi) in the Sri Palli Kondeswaran Koil in Suruttapalli with His hand resting on Nandi Deva's head.


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July 2021
The Devas and Asuras got together to churn the ocean, using Mandramalai & Vaasuki, the snake. As they continued to churn the ocean, Vaasuki the snake began to tire and started spewing its poison. Siva came and consumed all the poison. Goddess Parvati rushed and held his neck so that the poison would not spread to the whole of his body. Thus Siva became blue up to his throat and is also known by the namavali "Neelakandan" ( neela-blue colour from poison, kandam-throat).


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July 2021
Sani Pradosham
Lord Siva exists in every life born. He therefore stayed still for a day in order that the poison in his body does not affect all the lives. This day is "Ekadasi". The Devas also prayed to Lord Siva & fasted on that day. They partook of meals on the next day, "Dvadasi". Lord Siva was pleased & danced on the next day, "Triyodasi", in the evening (Sandhyaakaalam) with his damaru & Soolam in between Nandi Devas Horns. This day is "Pradosham". It is believed that all the Devas & Gods are assembled in the Siva temples during Pradosham time. Further, the first pradosham was on a Saturday & hence "Sani Pradosham" is even more auspicious.