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Shiva is the facet of the Divine representing the power of disintegration and dissolution (laya).
Both Vishnu and Shiva represent the one ultimate universal. He is 'Vairagya' aspect - complete non attachment, the Lord who has perfected the Cosmos by His own will does not crave for a fraction of His own creation. Shiva - auspicious - Mangle. He renders ashes Manmatha or the six passions in man, viz., Moha, Lobha, Mada, Matsarya, Kama and Krodha.
KAILASARANA SHIVA CHANDRAMOULI
Kailash Rana - Lord of the Abode of Light, Purity and Bliss. Chandramouli. - Adorned by the moon. We have every month a Shivarathri dedicated to worship of Shiva. The moon dominates the night. The moon has 16 phases. Each day when it wanes, a fraction is reduced until it is annihilated on New Moon night.
The waning of the moon is the symbol for the waning of the mind; for the mind has to be controlled, reduced and finally destroyed. All Sadhana is directed towards this end. Every day during the dark half of the month, the moon, symbolically its counterpart in man, the mind, wanes and a fraction is diminished. Its power declines and finally, on the 14th night, i.e. Chaturdasi there is just a wee bit left. If the Sadhaka makes a little extra effort that day, even that little bit can be wiped off and "Manonigraha" completed. The night should be spent in Japa and Dhyana of Shiva Upavasa and vigil without any thought of food and sleep.
Fanindra Matha - the raised hood of a cobra. Symbolism of serpent. Serpent represents Kundalini Shakti with its six chakras and Sahasrara (the raised hood). Subramanyam, as the serpent is worshipped in temples. The serpent is the symbol of the vital spiritual energy that lies dormant in the nerve centers of man, waiting to be awakened and used for uplift.
Significance of bull
Shambho "Swayambhu". None has created him. Feminine derivative is Shambhavi. Shiva is the Vairagya aspect: the Lord, who has projected the Cosmos by His own will, does not crave for a fraction of his own creation.
The story of Amritamanthana
The Lord is 'Bhava Dukha Haari'
Significance of Damaru
Significance of Trident
Significance of the third eye
Story (related to Stotra)
Gods and demons approached Lord Vishnu, who was their only supporter. In order to show how mighty Lord Shiva was; Lord Vishnu directed them to him. They all reached the Kailasa Mountain, carrying the cup of poison in their hands very carefully. The Lord was seated in His meditative mood. They all pleaded to Him and explained to Him what they had come for. Lord Shiva smiled and assured them. with one gulp, He swallowed the poison. There it started going down this throat. But Shiva knew that, if the poison got mixed with His blood, then with the contact of His feet to the earth, the whole world would burn to ashes. So he did not allow the poison to go down the throat. He kept it in His throat. The poison scorched Him so much that he tried all remedies to cool the burning effect of the poison.
First, he kept the moon to cool it, but it could not reduce the burning. He then put Ganga upon his matted hair, yet it had no effect. At last, Lord Shiva began to chant 'Rama Nama', and at once it cooled the scorching of the poison. That is why Lord has moon on His forehead. He is the ocean of mercy, because he took mercy upon His devotees and swallowed the poison for them