noun Hinduism.
“the Destroyer,” the third member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver.
Also, Siva.

< Sanskrit: literally, the auspicious

Shivaism, noun
Shivaist, noun
Shivaistic, adjective Unabridged
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Shiva (ˈʃiːvə, ˈʃɪvə)
a variant spelling of Siva
n, —adj

Siva or Shiva (ˈsiːvə, ˈsɪvə)
Hinduism the destroyer, one of the three chief divinities of the later Hindu pantheon, the other two being Brahma and Vishnu. Siva is also the god presiding over personal destinies
[from Sanskrit Śiva, literally: the auspicious (one)]
Shiva or Shiva
[from Sanskrit Śiva, literally: the auspicious (one)]

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one of the main deities of Hinduism, whom Shaivas worship as the supreme god (see Shaivism). Among his common epithets are Shambhu ("Benign"), Shankara ("Beneficent"), Mahesha ("Great Lord"), and Mahadeva ("Great God").

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