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Shiva - Introduction, Shiva: Supreme God, Consorts, and the burning of Kamadeva, The sons of Shiva


One of the three principal deities of the Hindu triad (Trimurti) - a god of contrasting features: creation and destruction, good and evil, fertility and asceticism. He is the original Lord of the Dance (Nataraja) and his principal symbolic representation is a phallic emblem denoting procreation.

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