Mumbai: Most unmarried women in India observe the solah somwar vrat (fasting on 16 Mondays) to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. Their innate desire is to have a man with attributes like the Lord as their husband. Often addressed as Gauri Shankar, Lord Shiva is known for being a doting man to his wife Parvati.
What do women really desire? What is it that they look for in a man?
Here’s taking a look at some of the characteristic traits described through metaphors that women wish for in their life partner:
Calm, composed yet fierce
A calm and composed man who knows how to remain unshakable even in turbulent times is what most women seek. Often engrossed in meditation, Lord Shiva erupts in anger when evil turns destructive. A man must be brave and courageous enough in fighting the wrong, the unjust and the negative forces.
Chivalrous, masculine yet simple
Lord Shiva has a typical masculine physique. He is robust, tall, dark and handsome. He is chivalrous and knows how to treat his lady. He is simply dressed yet has a magnetic personality.
Compassionate yet tough
Lord Shiva’s compassionate arms embrace all – be it a human or an animal. All forms of living beings seek refuge in him. At the same time, he is a tough one on those who exhibit demon-like traits.
Down-to-earth yet larger-than-life
Lord Shiva is content with offerings that are easily affordable to a devotee. Bilva leaves, raw milk or flowers can please him. Being happy even when there isn’t much in hand is a great virtue. When one isn’t demanding, he automatically gets bestowed with better astuteness towards life.
A devout family man yet a force that governs the universe
A typical portrait of Lord Shiva’s family would consist of his wife – Parvati or Gauri and sons – Kartikeya, Ganesha and daughter Ashok Sundari. He is a doting father to his children and a devoted husband. But he shoulders the responsibility of not just his family but the entire universe.