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What is the concept of ardhanareeswara?

Asked by Pardeep kapoor, 11 Aug '09 02:35 am
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The ardhanareeswara is yet another concept that Shiva stands for. In this aspect he draws the feminine into his own self. He is half man, half woman. A symbol of the Samkhya philosophy which talks of Purusha (the male energy) and Prakriti (the female energy) together making the cosmic energy. As Ardhanareeswara, Shiva destroys the old, for in destruction there is renewal, it cleanses and constructs anew. In this new construction, he is the Father of Brahma. And the cycle of time, the process of recreation begin all over again.
Answered by Kavita Prsd, 11 Aug '09 02:48 am

 
  
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"The Atma is Purusha (Brahman) and the body is Prakriti (Feminine Principle) in human life. So. every human being is androgynous (Ardhareeshwara). The Principle of Shiva (Shiva-twa) teaches the unity of Prakriti and Purusha.
Humanness represents the combination of Shakti (or Prakriti=Nature) and Shiva. These two are not separate. Just as fire and the power to burn go together, these two go together. Sugar and sweetness are similarly inter-related. There is no sugar without sweetness. Where there is sweetness there is sugar. Likewise, 'Shraddha' and 'Vishvaasam' (earnestness and faith) are symbiotically related to each other. Hence, these should be regulated as present in man in the form of Shiva and Shakti.The whole world of Prakriti (Nature) is 'Ardhanaaree-swaroopam' (the feminine half of the Divine couple). It represented the union of Prakriti with Purusha, the Supreme Absolute. Even being in the cosmos, whatever may be the gender in the external form, is feminine. She represents ...more
Answered by inquisitive, 11 Aug '09 02:40 am

 
  
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A form of Lord Siva half man and half woman

ONCE UPON A time on Mount Kailas, the mountain of delight, the great Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati were sitting on a resplendent throne. The place was filled with the scent of fine flowers and incense. After granting the boons desired by devas, rishis and other hosts of devotees, and dismissing them, Lord Siva rejoiced in the company of Goddess Uma (Parvati). The great God pleased Goddess Uma who was as beautiful as goddess Rati and full of auspicious qualities and noble traits. In a joyous mood the Goddess, who thought that her Lords attention was entirely centred on her, slipped playfully behind Him and in sport covered fondly the three eyes of Sambhu, the Lord of the World, with her two hands resembling lotus petals and asked merrily, who is it?

As soon as His three eyes (the Moon, the Sun and Fire) were covered a dismal darkness spread over the universe for millions of years, because half a trice for Siva is aeons for us. The darkn ...more
Answered by Pratyayan Sanyal, 11 Aug '09 02:37 am

 
  
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When man works harmoniously with envirnment he can experience ecstacy
Source: Self
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From nothing came everything . From Shiva came Shakthi. They are one and the same. But we can see only Shiva or Shakthi because of Maya. Like Shiva is called Ardhanareeswara Shakthi is also called Shivashakthiikyaroopini. They have an affinity towards each other and inseparable . Devi is known as Sadashivapadhivratha.
Answered by rajan, 04 Jul '13 07:23 am

 
  
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This is anotherform of lord shiva to experess that there is no difference between shiva and shakti and they attribute thru tahandav nritys with ghis form of ardhanareeshwar with right half male and left halh of parvati mata >That is why shiva is calles vame shakti meaning on left is shakti that is parvati
Answered by Dinesh C S, 11 Aug '09 08:48 am

 
  
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