According to Hindu mythology, Shiva, the destroyer finds more prominence than Brahma, the creator and Vishnu, the protector. This is the reason why Lord Shiva is the most worshipped God in the Holy Trinity. However, did you know the birth of Shiva was due to the other two pillars of the Holy Trinity – Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu?
Today, let’s get deep into the secret of Shiva’s birth –
So How was Lord Shiva Born?
Shiva is often addressed as ‘Sayambhu’ which means that he wasn’t born from any woman. Now that he is the ultimate one and isn’t born from the womb of a woman, the question is, how was he born then. Well, there’s an interesting story behind it.
Once, the two Gods – Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were arguing about each other’s supremacy. During their heated debate, a mysterious mighty pillar appeared out of nowhere in front of them. However, the pillar was so long and sturdy that both could see neither the root of the pillar nor the apex. Together they wondered what could it be as it landed in a way that challenged their supremacy.
Their discussion over each other’s supremacy subdued as they started wondering if there is a third entity too which is more powerful than them. In order to find out the truth, both, decided to take a journey – Lord Brahma transformed into Goose and took his flight towards the sky whereas Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and started digging into the earth to find the root of the pillar.
This whole exercise took years and neither of the two could succeed in their undertaking. Feeling humbled, they both came back to where they started only to find Lord Shiva emerging in a form that they could understand. Yes, the larger pillar which neither of the two Gods could understand was one form of Lord Shiva before he emerged in a form that anyone could understand.
Both, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu understood that Shiva’s existence and cosmic powers were beyond their understanding and no doubt he is the most powerful out of the three. This is how Lord Shiva originated and came into existence.