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        Siva is the most overpowering of the brahmanical triad. Though he is mainly associated with sanghar ie destruction or pralaya ie the end of the universe, in the Hindu concept of trinity he is also conceived as a lord of all created beings and very often described as Pashupati, Bhutapati, Bhutanatha. Siva is known through literary evidence in the Vedic period. There is evidence of Siva's worship  also in the Indus Valley where he is presented in the form of Pashupati (lord of all creatures). It apears that worship of Siva was wide spread all over India. He is known as Nataraja, the great dancer, who exemplifies the world rythm in movements of his dance.

         The Kailash mountains are the abode of Siva. He wears a serpent around his neck. Ganga ie the immortal river Ganges emanates from his locks and flows as the symbol of the eternal life impulse(prana) and movement (gati). He carries a trisula in his hand  representing the three loks and three gunas. There is a  legend that beginning of music is linked to the great cosmic dance of Siva. It is said that as he danced, five ragas came from his five faces. The sixth raga emanated from the voice of Parvati.

         The union of Siva and Parvati typifies the union of energy and matter. The musical notes are linked with the whole cosmos for each note is said  to have an individual value and to be connected with a planet, for the whole planetary system is the source of sound in the universe.