The Book of Shiva

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Penguin Books India, 2009 - Religion - 130 pages
Shiva: Destroyer and Protector, Supreme Ascetic and Lord of the Universe. He is Ardhanarishwara, half-man and half-woman; he is Neelakantha, who drank poison to save the three worlds-and yet, when crazed with grief at the death of Sati, set about destroying them. Shiva holds within him the answers to some of the greatest dilemmas that have perplexed mankind. Who is Shiva? Namita Gokhale examines this question and many others that lie within the myriad of stories about Shiva. Even as she unravels his complexities, she finds a philosophy and worldview that is terrifying and yet life affirming-an outlook that is to many the essence of Indian thought.
 

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Contents

The Manifestations of Shiva
13
Shiva as Mahakala
21
Tandava the Great Dance of Shiva
27
The Divine Family of Shiva
43
Swallowing the World Poison
53
Popular Legends and Scriptural Tales
59
The Erotic and Ascetic Aspect of Shiva
67
Shiva in the Tharuvana
77
The Worship of Shiva
87
The Twelve Jyotirlingas
97
Schools of Shiva Consciousness 109
9
Satyam Shivam Sundaram 117
17
Bibliography 129
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