6. Shiva is Sometimes Depicted With Many Arms
Shiva is frequently shown with only two arms, but he is sometimes depicted as having four, sometimes even more. The four limbs are believed to represent each of the cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. Further, each of his upper two hands holds something symbolic. The upper right-hand holds an hour-glass drum to represent the beating rhythm of the cosmos, and the upper left-hand holds fire.