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Who is Ardhanarishvara Shiva

Who is Ardhanarishvara Shiva?



Who is Ardhnarishwar Shiva? 

In this post, I have described Shiva’s one of the most admiral manifestations. The form is Ardhnarishwar Shiva, which presents Shiva as the complete lord in all aspects.

Introduction to Ardhnarishwar Shiva

In today’s world, where relationships are losing their value, people are becoming insensitive and materialistic in relationships. In such circumstances, modern couples must learn about lord Shiva’s Ardhnarishwar form. It will help them to know why Ardhnarishwar Shiva is the epitome of true loveFriend, true love is always unconditional. 

One of the unique things about Sanatan Dharma [Ebook Kobo Store] is it praises women’s contribution to the primary aspect of human society. Ardhnarishwar is one such beautiful form of lord Shiva. So, let us understand Shiva as Ardhnarishwar and figure out why Shiva is called Ardhnarishwar?

Shiva as Ardhnarishwar

The qualities of Lord Shiva [Ebook Amazon Store]  give him an edge over the other deities and present him as one of the most influential lords.

The magnificent thing about Lord Shiva [Ebook Amazon Store] is the way he manages his family and loves his consort, goddess Parvati.

In Ardhanarishvara form, he has half Shiva from the right side and half Parvati from the left side. This divine form of lord and goddess symbolizes that Shiva and Parvati are integral parts of each other.

What Ardhnarishwar form represents?

There are a few things that Shiva’s Ardhnarishwar form represents.

  • The Symbolism of gender equality.
  • Ardhnarishwar represents the purest form of love.
  • The balance of masculine and feminine energies within Kundalini.
  • Purusha and Prakrit are contemporary to each other.
  • The flux of dark energy and dark matter.

1- The Symbolism of Gender Equality

Lord Shiva is known for taking care of everyone. Shiva never did partiality with anyone. Hence, devotees call him by the name of Bholenath. It is one reason Shiva is Aradhya from deities to demons. Lord Shiva endorses gender equality. 

In fact, Shiva has given equal rights to the goddess Parvati. She resides in the Vam Bhaag of Shiva, which means goddess Parvati is Vamangi to Shiva. Goddess sits on the left side of Shiva and takes active participation in every decision-making. Lord Shiva encouraged the goddess Parvati to awaken her Adishakti form to become his Shakti.

Lord Shiva

2 - Ardhnarishwar represents the purest form of love

If you ever want to know the meaning of pure love, you must comprehend why almost every Sanatani woman seeks to get a husband with the qualities of Shiva.

Lord Shiva and Shakti have a splendid love story. [Paperback Amazon store] From time to time, they got separated from each other for the betterment of the world but got united after that. Goddess Adishakti first manifested herself as goddess Sati, and after the unfortunate death of goddess Sati, Shiva became Vairagi (dispassionate) in the despair of the losing goddess.

To bring lord Shiva out from the dispassion, goddess, Adishakti personified herself as Parvati. Being the supreme god, Shiva married Parvati with all the Vedic traditions to fulfill all the vows given to each other.

It is astonishing how much Shiva loves and takes care of goddess Parvati. The relationship between Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati is sagging on genuine values, trust, and reliability.

3 - Ardhnarishwar is contemporary to Purush and Prakrit

Shiva is the central Lord in Sanatan Dharma. Intellectuals and scholars describe Shiva as an alpha male known as AdiPurush. And that means the first masculine energy.

Therefore, Lord Shiva is the first purush, and goddess Parvati is the personification of Prakrit, which means nature. Purusha cannot do anything without Prakriti. Similarly, Prakriti needs Purusha. They are complementary to each other.

4 - Ardhnarishwar is the flux of Dark energy and Dark matter

According to the physicist, the world has advanced from infinity and dissolves into eternity at the end of the cosmic cycle. That void is Lord Shiva without any form or shape. It is the supreme form of Shiva, known as the SadaShiva, which is absolute but without any dimensions.

Therefore, to present himself physically, SadaShiva manifested himself as Shiva Shankar. Goddess Adishakti is the better half of SadaShiva. 

Both are one as supreme consciousness in the highest realm, in which one part is the masculine Shiva and the other is the feminine goddess Shakti.

Ancient Vedas describe Shiva and Shakti as dark matter and dark energy. Our universe contains only 4 percent dark matter and 96 percent dark energy. It is the energy of Lord Shiva that is flowing into the navel of the cosmos.

An Ardhnarishwar form of Lord Shiva represents that flux of Shiva and Shakti, which governs the cosmic phenomena in the highest aspect.

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The Story: Why is Lord Shiva called Ardhnarishwar?

There is a story that explains why Shiva is called Ardhnarishwar.

There was a sage whose name was Bhringi. He was one of the extreme devotees of Lord Shiva, which means his reverence was limited to Shiva only. Bhringi never worshipped goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.

However, his devotional sentiments were genuine for Shiva, but his fault was he understood Shiva and Parvati as two different beings.

One day, Bhringi decided to visit Kailash Parvat to do the Parikrama of Shiva. He saw Shiva sitting with goddess Parvati. But he was unwilling to do the Parikrama ritual of Shiva with goddess Parvati.

He requested the goddess to leave Shiva for a few moments so that he could perform the Parikrama ritual of Shiva.

The behavior of the sage was nonessential for the goddess Parvati. She replied with a simple no and sat closer to Shiva.

Sage Bhringi was uncompromising, so he decided to take the snake form. He thought it would help him to perform the Parikrama ritual quickly.

Lord Shiva was observing everything happening on Kailash, but he chose to stay calm.

Meanwhile, goddess Parvati merged her half-body with Shiva and presented herself as Ardhnarishwar, which means half Shiva and half Parvati.

After watching that, sage Bhringi became helpless. He still didn’t accept the goddess and Shiva together.

The sage took the form of a rat and started biting them so, as a rat, he could separate Shiva from the goddess.

Adishakti became angry with the sage, and she cursed the sage that whatever body he had gained from his mother would leave him immediately.

Shiva tantra says that people get bones & flesh from their father, whereas blood & other particulars belong to the mother.

After the curse, Sage falls to the ground and realizes his mistake. Sage Bhringi asks for an apology from goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati is kind-hearted; she forgives the sage.

The curse of the goddess was incurable. Due to that curse, the sage was unable to stand on his legs. So, Ardhanarishvara gave him a third leg, which helped him regain his blood and lost strength.

After that, the sage concluded that you should not consider Shiva and goddess Parvati as two different beings. They are one in two physical forms.

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In conclusion, I want to say that Lord Shiva is the loving husband of the Goddess Parvati. The world knows that both are inseparable with each other, but the best thing about their relationship is they have faith and trust in each other. 

Lord Shiva shares his emotions and views with Goddess Parvati. She is the one who understands Lord Shiva at a deeper level. She understands and value Lord Shiva and helps him as lord Shiva’s better half. 

Their love is the definition of unconditional love, which has care and affection for each other. Lord Shiva repeatedly encouraged the goddess Parvati to achieve her sublime form when she was unaware of her true identity. 

Therefore, looking at Shiva and Parvati as two different divine being is the wrong notion. They both are one as Ardhnarishwar.

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Santosh Gairola is an Indian-origin Author, Educator, & Blogger. He is an adherent devotee of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.

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