How Lord Shiva came into being – Here’s the answer

In this post, we will take you through a legend that describes the emergence of Shiva.

Updated: Aug 02, 2016, 15:43 PM IST
How Lord Shiva came into being – Here’s the answer
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Mumbai: We have all heard of the Hindu trinity – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh (Shiva). The trio symbolises the fundamental truth of life, sustenance and death which ultimately lead to rebirth and a new journey.

Lord Brahma is often referred to as the creator and Lord Vishnu is known as the protector while Lord Shiva is famous as the destroyer. But do you know how Shiva came into being?

In this post, we will take you through a legend that describes the emergence of Shiva.

Once, Brahma and Vishnu had a debate over each other’s supremacy. That is when a beaming, radiant pillar struck and extended beyond the horizon and dug deep into the earth. Both Brahma and Vishnu were left clueless about its origin. The former turned into a goose and the latter transformed into a boar to trace the starting and ending points of the pillar. But they failed in their attempts. Soon, Shiva emerged from the pillar to reveal himself. Thus, the third leg of the trinity came into being to make both Brahma and Vishnu realise that there was another power governing the universe.