Shiva means auspiciousness. Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Shiva is the dissolving force in life. But Shiva dissolves in order to create, since death is the medium for rebirth into a new life. Shiva is one of the most fascinating gods.
Lord Shiva is said to be fair like camphor or like an ice clad mountain. He has fire and Damaru and Mala or a kind of weapon. He wears five serpents as ornaments. He wears a garland of skulls. He is pressing with his feet the demon Muyalaka, a dwarf holding a cobra. He faces south. Panchakshara itself is his body. (The trident can be understood as the symbolism of the unity of three worlds that a human faces – his inside world, his immediate world, and the broader overall world. At the base of the trident, all three forks unite).