Monday, May 20, 2024

Shiva’s Ash-Smeared Body

 In Hinduism, ash smearing is particularly associated with Lord Shiva, the supreme deity who is revered as the cosmic ascetic and the destroyer of illusions. Shiva is often depicted with his body covered with ash, symbolizing his detachment from the worldly pleasures and his mastery over the cycle of birth and death. Shiva’s ash-smeared body also represents his power to purify and transform the impurities and imperfections of the world, and to bestow grace and liberation upon his devotees.

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