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Shiva

[shee-vuh] /ˈʃi və/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
“the Destroyer,” the third member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver.
Also, Siva.
Origin
< Sanskrit: literally, the auspicious
Related forms
Shivaism, noun
Shivaist, noun
Shivaistic, adjective
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Shiva

/ˈʃiːvə; ˈʃɪvə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Siva
Derived Forms
Shivaism, noun
Shivaist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for shivaism

shiva

n.

see shivah or siva.

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Encyclopedia Article for shivaism

Shiva

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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