Chandrashekhara , Lord Shiva - Informative & researched article on Chandrashekhara , Lord Shiva
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Purans

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > Indian Purans > Shiva Purana > Chandrashekhara
Chandrashekhara , Lord Shiva
Shiva Chandrashekhara is a form of Lord Shiva in which he wears a moon (Chandra) in the headdress.
 Chandrashekhara , Lord ShivaChandrashekhara is a form of Lord Shiva in which he wears a moon (Chandra) in the headdress. But this symbol is not confined to images of Chandrashekhara only.

Shiva Chandrashekhara wears the axe (parashu) in his rear right hand and the antelope in his rear left. The front right hand is in the protection hand pose (abhaya tudra) and the left hand is in the charity pose (varada mudra).

The god Shiva Chandrashekhara stands in the upright, inflexed samabhanga posture. He wears earrings (kundalas) in the form of the mythical reptile makara, snake jewellery, a head (probably intended to be a skull) in his headdress, finger and toe rings, and a loin cloth of tiger skin.

Some other images of Shiva can be seen holding a drum (damaru), trident (trishula), a noose (pasha) etc as per his form. There are different stories behind getting these things by Shiva Chandrashekhara. It is said that, once he became involved in a fight with some sages (rishis) who sent snakes, a tiger, a lion, and a demon to back up their curses and efforts to defeat him. But he defeated all of them and used them as symbols of his victory.

The moon worn by Shiva Chandrashekhara is a symbol of his powers of creation. He wears a garland of skulls at the end of the universe, which symbolises his power of destruction. The image of Shiva Chandrashekhara also demonstrates the way in which in Hindu iconography, deities flourish. Shiva Chandrashekhara has two other forms: in one of them, he is identical with the one opposite but is accompanied by his wife Uma and in the other form, they are shown together but he has his left arm round her left shoulder.

(Last Updated on : 27/01/2014)
More Articles in Shiva Purana  (18)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Purans
Daksha is a renowned Prajapati, who was born from the thumb of Brahma.
Agneya Purana
Agneya Purana is one of the 18 Hindu Puranas which was written during the 19th century by Tantriks and is also referred to as Vahni Purana.
Pilgrimage of Arjuna
Pilgrimage of Arjuna brought about a number of marriages of this Pandava brother. All the other wives besides Draupadi were acquired by Arjuna during his pilgrimage and by way of marriage Arjuna had established digvijay in almost every part of the world.
Meeting of Kunti and Karna
Meeting of Kunti and Karna occurred a few days before the great battle at Kurukshetra. Kunti, fearing the forthcoming deadly battle, tried to convince Karna by disclosing the secret of his birth to fight in the side of the Pandavas.
Karna Parva
Karna Parva is the eighth Parva from among the eighteen Parvas of Mahabharata and it comprises of one sub-parva.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum on Indian Purans
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Reference
Chandrashekhara , Lord Shiva - Informative & researched article on Chandrashekhara , Lord Shiva
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.