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Gender Masculine
Scripts शिव(Sanskrit, Nepali) శివ(Telugu) சிவா(Tamil) ಶಿವ(Kannada) ശിവ(Malayalam)
Pronounced Pron. 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)

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

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