With so many tattoo enthusiasts opting to use their choice of body art as a means of expressing their individual beliefs and characteristics, there has been a significant rise in demand for faith-themed designs which make both a moral and personal statement.
As body art, the Shiva tattoo is suitable for placement on small, medium and large skin surfaces and there are a variety of different depictions available to suit all tastes and preferences however there are certain attributes which they all share. Lord Shiva always carries a trident to signify the triple gunas of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, or Essence, Activity and Inertia. Snakes also feature frequently in these designs to represent Shiva’s’ power of destruction and to emphasize his connotations with death and endings. He is also illustrated in many depictions on a white bull and seated or wearing a tiger skin, against a backdrop of the Himalayas as this deity lived in this mountain region on Mount Kailasa so this is also widely used in body art designs, especially for larger more elaborate versions.
Most of us worship Lord Shiva without understanding the deep meaning of him. Shiva is ‘shakti’ or power. Lord Shiva is also considered to be the most unique of all Hindu gods and also the God of all. Shiva is often shown with many faces, as creator, destroyer and preserver in total command of the cosmos. He contains both good and evil. The main iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, the snake Vasuki around his neck, the crescent moon adorning, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the trishula as his weapon and the damaru as his musical instrument.He blesses his followers with grace, knowledge and peace.
Shiva Tattoo represent the same three forces present inside our body to perform any work, which can be linked to create or generate the idea, maintain or organise the contents of the idea, and then destroy or wind up so that new work can be undertaken through Ganesha – the Lord of new happenings.
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