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[see-vuh, shee-vuh] /ˈsi və, ˈʃi və/
noun, Hinduism.
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British Dictionary definitions for Siva


/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
Word Origin
from Sanskrit Śiva, literally: the auspicious (one)
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Word Origin and History for Siva

also Shiva, one of the three supreme gods of Hinduism, lord of destruction and reproduction, 1788, from Hindi Shiva, from Sanskrit Sivah, literally "propitious, gracious," from PIE *ki-wo-, from root *kei- "beloved, dear" (connected with Latin civis "citizen," literally "member of a household"), also "to lie, couch" (cf. cemetery). But by some this is said to be a euphemism. Related: Sivaism; Sivaistic.

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Encyclopedia Article for Siva


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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