40 Enlightening Facts About Shiva, the Hindu God
40 Enlightening Facts About Shiva, the Hindu God

40 Enlightening Facts About Shiva, the Hindu God

Trista - March 17, 2019

40 Enlightening Facts About Shiva, the Hindu God
A depiction of Ashoka Sundari, Shiva’s daughter. Templepurohit.com.

2. Shiva’s Daughter is Ashoka Sundari

Ashoka Sundari is less significant in Hinduism than Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha, or Kartikeya. According to Hindu legend, Parvati asked Shiva to take her to the most beautiful garden in the world. A tree in the garden could fulfill any wish; since both of her sons were grown, and she was now lonely, she asked for a daughter. The tree fulfilled her wish, and she gave birth to Ashoka Sundari. Her story is told in the Padma Purana.

40 Enlightening Facts About Shiva, the Hindu God
Shiva, a Hindu God. Research Hut.

1. People All Around the World Worship Him

Although Shiva is inextricably linked to Hinduism, people worship him far outside of India’s borders. Faithful devotees to Shiva can be found in large communities in Sri Lanka, throughout South Asia and into Indonesia, in Japan, and as far-flung as South Africa – even Guyana in South America. With mass immigration in the modern age, large Shaivistic communities are cropping up in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. The qualities associated with him will probably continue to evolve as people across more considerable distances pay homage to him.

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

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“Ganesha, the Hindu God of Success,” by Subhamoy Das. Learn Religions. September 20, 2018.

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