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 (shē′və) also Si·va (shē′və, sē′-)
n. Hinduism
One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds and in numerous other forms. Shiva is often conceived as a member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.

[Sanskrit śivaḥ, from śiva-, auspicious, dear; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

Shi′va·ism, Si′va·ism n.
Shi′va·ist, Si′va·ist n.


also shiv·ah or shib·ah  (shĭv′ə)
n. Judaism
A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.

[Yiddish shive, from Hebrew šib'â, seven; see šbʕ in Semitic roots.]


(ˈʃiːvə; ˈʃɪvə)
(Hinduism) a variant spelling of Siva
ˈShivaism n
ˈShivaist n, adj


(ˈʃi və)

also Siva

“the Destroyer,” the third member of the Hindu Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.
[< Skt śiva]
Shi′va•ism, n.
Shi′va•ist, n.
Shi`va•is′tic, adj.


A seven-day period of mourning which the family enter into after a funeral.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shiva - (Judaism) a period of seven days of mourning after the death of close relative; "the family is sitting shiva"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
hebdomad, week - any period of seven consecutive days; "it rained for a week"
2.shiva - the destroyerShiva - the destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon
Trimurti - the triad of divinities of later Hinduism
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murtya*ga Mahapatra,--viranarayana, daitya-narayana, parameshvara param bhattaraka, param maheshvara, maharajadhiraja, or mahatha chong, poha after Tibetan--.
The popular Buddhist myth, according to tantra, about the subjugation or conversion of Maheshvara and the birth of Heruka is well docu-mented in Bu ston's Bde mchog chos 'byung, (11) Klong rdol bla ma's Gsung 'bum, (12) 'Bri gung 'Jig rten mgon po's gnas yig, (13) 'Brug pa Chos kyi snang ba 'Gyur med rdo rje snying po's Tsa ' ri guide, (14) in Zhu chen Tshul khrims rin chen's identification of sacred places, (15) and in the collected works of 'Jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po.
5) It is interesting that both Uma and Maheshvara are shown wearing kiritamukuta and not the usual jatamukuta.