Lord Shiva is often called as Pashupatinath. The name Pashupati means 'the lord of beasts' or the 'lord of animals' and derives from the Sanskrit words 'pashu' meaning animals, and 'pati' meaning the protector. Pashupati as the incarnation was one among the eight Rudras, the one who holds the place of fire. In the Rig Veda, pashupa was related as the protector of cattle deriving from the name Pushan. The name Pashupati also stands for a figure that has been suggested as an earlier form of Rudra and shown as sitting among animals in the Indus Civilization. One of the biggest and most important Pashupatinath temples is Shri Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal and the other in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh.
According to scriptures Lord Shiva was named Pashupati by Lord Vishnu and other gods during the time of Tripura Samhar, when Shiva became the lord of all demons (pashu) and destroyed Tripura, the three cities of illusion, which were being ruled by the asuras Kamlaaksha, Taarakaaksha, and Vidyunmaali who were wreaking havoc by attacking gods and sages. It is also believed in Shiva Purana that any living being, including humans, that is in the clutches of his own ego, desires and ignorance, is considered an animal (pashu) and only Pashupati can relieve liberate them.! ✨🌿💀🔱👁🐍🌙🐂🌲🔔🐒🕉🐚🌳🌀🎨 #artist Unknown
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