Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction who battles demons and maintains balance in the universe through his dances. He is the husband of Kali and Parvati. Many non-Hindus would assume that being the god of destruction would make Shiva evil, but this is not the case, as he is good. Hindus respect Shiva since without destruction there would be no room for creation.
Shiva is always considered to apear as a handsome young man. He is often depicted as the "Lord of the Dance" dancing within a ring of fire on top of the demon of ignorance. When not dancing, Shiva is shown deep in meditation. He often has four arms. Comon clothing for Shiva includes snakes, and a cresent on his forehead. His hair is descibed as "matted" in many Hindu texts.
In Popular CultureEdit
- Shiva is the name of an Ultron-like intelligent robot villain in the Marvel universe. In this universe, Shiva can never be defeated in the same way twice, as it learns from its previous mistakes.