Lord Shiva Paintings Ravi Varma


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The duality of Shiva's fearful and auspicious attributes appears in contrasted names. The name Rudra reflects Shiva's fearsome aspects. According to traditional etymologies, the Sanskrit name Rudra is derived from the root rud-, which means "to cry, howl". [249]Stella Kramrisch notes a different etymology connected with the adjectival form raudra, which means "wild, of rudra nature", and translates the name Rudra as "the wild one" or "the fierce god". [250] R. K. Sharma follows this alternate etymology and translates the name as "terrible". [251] Hara is an important name that occurs three times in the Anushasanaparvan version of the Shiva sahasranama, where it is translated in different ways each time it occurs, following a commentorial tradition of not repeating an interpretation. Sharma translates the three as "one who captivates", "one who consolidates", and "one who destroys". [252] Kramrisch translates it as "the ravisher". [221] Another of Shiva's fearsome forms is as Kāla "time" and Mahākāla "great time", which ultimately destroys all things. [253] The name Kāla appears in the Shiva Sahasranama, where it is translated by Ram Karan Sharma as "(the Supreme Lord of) Time". [254]Bhairava "terrible" or "frightful"[255] is a fierce form associated with annihilation. In contrast, the name Śaṇkara, "beneficent" or "conferring happiness"[256] reflects his benign form. This name was adopted by the great Vedanta philosopher Adi Shankara (c. 788–820),[257] who is also known as Shankaracharya. The name Śambhu (Sanskrit: शम्भु swam-on its own; bhu-burn/shine) "self-shining/ shining on its own", also reflects this benign aspect. [258]