Kashi Vishwanatha – Jyotirlinga
- Adi Shakti’s manifestations are Trimurti and Tridevi
- The frame of the cosmic reality, according to ancient Hindu thought, consists of the three fundamental states called evolution (Shrishti), existence (Sthiti), and involution (Samhara) that acts in a cyclic process of infinity.
- Each one of the forms is controlled by a God, named Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Siva/Shiva (the destroyer); these three Gods are called the Trinity / Trimurti.
- Shiva, being the last to complete the cycle from where the new cycle starts, is known as Mahadev, the Supreme Divinity.
- The iconographic form of the Shiva, the Linga represents the unity of the three states of cosmos. Shiva linga itself is a symbol of cosmic mandala.
- As Sadasiva (eternal reality) Shiva is represented as linga, standing also for ‘total knowledge’.
- As Rudra, the destroyer, his consort is Kali. As Bhairava, the terrible destroyer, his consort is Durga.
- Shiva is also depicted as cosmic dancer, Tandava Nartakari, the one who keeps up the rhythm of the world in cosmos.
Sri Annapurna Ashtakam composed by Shankaracharya is chanted by several devout Hindus around the world as a prayer for nourishment, wisdom, and renunciation. Before partaking of any food, Hindus chant the following prayer:
‘Oh Annapurna, who is always full, complete, and perfect. Beloved energy of Lord Shiva, for the attainment of perfection in wisdom and renunciation, give me alms, Parvati.
My mother is Goddess Parvati, my father is the Supreme Lord Maheswara (Shiva). My relatives are the devotees of Lord Shiva, and the three worlds are my Motherland.’