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Shiva ("SHEE-vuh") is the Hindu god of Destruction, responsible for destroying the world to clear out all evil. His wife is Parvati, the Mother Goddess.


Long ago, Brahma and Vishnu were discussing who should be the supreme deity. Suddenly, a pillar of fire appeared in front of the two, it seemed to be buried and was so tall that it touched the clouds. Brahma turned into a goose and tried to fly to the top while Vishnu turned into a boar and dug to reach the bottom. However, neither god could find the end they were looking for. Just then, an opening appeared in the pillar and Shiva emerged. Brahma and Vishnu immediately recognized his power and agreed that the three of them should rule the universe together.[3] When a powerful sage named Durvasa, who was born out of Shiva's anger, cursed the gods causing them to lose their immortality. Vishnu advised them to churn the ocean to get the amrita, the nectar of immortality, the Ocean of Milk (Kshir Sagar). When they started churning, a poison called halahala burst into the air. So the gods asked Shiva to get rid of it, he drank it down and the poison turned his throat blue.[4] Thereafter, he came to be known as Neelkantha literally meaning 'the one with a blue throat'.

Shiva had many followers and devotees, including the demon king, Ravana. Shiva reluctantly gave Brahmasura the power to turn into ashes anyone whose head he touches after he performed tough austerities for many years. He granted kingship of the yakshas to his friend, Kubera. He chopped off the head of his son, Ganesh, not knowing they were related, then restored Ganesh's life. 

One day, when a terrible asura named Taraka ravaged the land. Due to a boon he had, the gods needed a son of Shiva to defeat him. But Shiva was in deep meditation and couldn't see his reborn wife, Parvati. When he was awoken by Kamadeva, his third eye opened and incinerated the god of love, yet he was reunited with his reborn wife, Parvati. Together they had a son they named Kartikeya who went on to defeat Taraka and become the god of war.[5]

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Aru Shah and the End of Time

K. P. Shah told her daughter, Aru, that if the Sleeper was ever here released from the Diya, he would release Shiva who would perform the Cosmic Dance and destroy the world.

According to Boo, the Lord of Destruction is currently surrounded by a celestial sphere that can only be shattered by an immortal device, like the celestial weapons of the Pandavas.

A statue of Shiva is located on the island where the Ocean of Milk was churned. After drinking a silver liquid from a nearby cauldron, Aru and Mini received the sip of old age, the last key needed to enter the Kingdom of Death.

Aru Shah and the Song of Death

While visiting Kamadeva, the reincarnated Pandavas were shown when Shiva incinerated him.


  • Shiva's name is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "auspicious", which in turn is derived from an Indo-European root meaning "to settle".


  2. Aru Shah and the Song, Glossary
  3. Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings by Philip Wilkinson
  4. Aru Shah and the End of Time, Ch. 19
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Books: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death | Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes | Aru Shah and the City of Gold
Main Characters: Aru Shah | Mini | Brynne Rao | Nikita | Sheela | Aiden Acharya | Sleeper | Meenakshi | Takshaka | Rudy
Council of Guardians: Boo | Urvashi | Hanuman | Jambavan | Uloopi | Kubera | Surasa
Secondary Characters: K. P. Shah | Palace of Illusions | Durvasa | Navdeep | Hira | Opal
Minor Characters: Pandavas | Arielle Reddy | Poppy Lopez | Burton Prater | Brahmasura | Valmiki | Shukra | Gandhari | Shakuntula | Rambha | Ravana | Jaya and Vijaya | Rahuketu | Garuda | Kadru
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Creatures: Makara | Asura | Chakora | Naga | Rakshasa | Vahanas | Ek and Do | Timingala | Time | Wish | Zombie | Apsara | Yaksha | Yali
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