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GenderMasculine
Scriptsशिव SanskritNepali శివ Telugu சிவா Tamil ಶಿವ Kannada ശിവ Malayalam
PronouncedPron.SHEE-və English
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Meaning & History

Derived from Sanskrit शिव (shiva) meaning "benign, kind, auspicious". Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration, the husband of the mother goddess Parvati. His aspect is usually terrifying, but it can also be gentle.
VariantsSiva Telugu Siva Tamil Siva Kannada Siva Malayalam
Other Languages & CulturesShib, Sib Bengali Shiv Hindi Shiv Marathi Shiv Punjabi
Same SpellingShiva (2)

Images

Shiva with Parvati (c. 1800)Shiva with Parvati (c. 1800)

Categories

gods, virtues
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute