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Brahma is the creator of the universe while shri vishnu is the preserver of it. shiva's role is the destroyer of the world. he destroys the universe in order to re-create it. his powers of destruction and recreation are used to destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world, paving the way for beneficial change. this destruction is not arbitrary, but constructive. shiva is therefore seen as the source of both good and evil and is regarded as the one who combines many contradictory elements.
these contradictions are evident in shivas various representations. the yogi who leads the life of an ascetic deep in meditation, while balancing his roles of a husband and father with his wife parvati and his two sons ganesha and kartikeya. the destroyer with a ‘third eye’ who slays demons as well as the merciful god who rids the universe of vish (poison) by consuming it and sharing amrit (elixir or gift of immortality) with the gods and the asuras (demons). another popular form of shiva is that of the nataraja, the lord of dance. many legends talk about how the energy of shiva’s dance sustains the universe while his indulgence in the destructive tandava dance can destroy it. shiva is known to have untamed passion, which leads him to extremes in behaviour. it is shiva's relationship with his wife, parvati which brings him balance. their union allows him to be an ascetic and a lover, but within the bounds of marriage.! ✨💙👁🕉🐍🔱📿⏳💀🌙🌀🙏✨