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The 3 main principles of karma yoga

As per Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), karma is of three kinds:

Prarabadha Karma
This karma is unchangeable within the scope of one life, since it is the ‘setup’ for the life in question. It is the karma of one’s past lives. After death, the atma leaves the body, as the casting off of old vestments, and carries with it the samskaras (impressions) of the past life of thoughts and actions and events. These samskaras manifest themselves in the unchangeable situation into which one is born and certain key events in one’s life. These include one’s time of death (seen as governed by an allotment from birth of the total number of one’s breaths for that life), one’s economic status, one’s family (or lack of family), one’s body type and look: essentially, the setting of one’s birth, the initial base.

Samchita Karma
The samskaras that one inherits from the last lives create one’s personality, inclinations, talents, the things that make up one’s persona. One’s likings, abilities, attitudes and inclinations are based on the thoughts and actions of past lives. One’s samchita karma is somewhat alterable through practice and effort towards change. This might be seen through the Hindu system of yoga and the dynamic of the gunas. An example would be someone who, through meditation, slowly evolved into a more stable personality.

Agami Karma
Agami karma is the karma of the present life over which the soul has complete control. Through it one creates one’s karma in the present for the future of the current life and in life-times to come. The Hindu cannot say, sometimes, if a major event in life is the doing of Prarabadha or Agami Karma. The idea of “bad things happening to good people” is seen by the Hindu as a result of Prarabadha Karma, more simply understood as karma from a past life. In Hinduism, karma works within a cyclical framework that sees the phenomenal universe being created and eventually dissolving back into itself, back into realization that it was nothing other than Maya imposed on the truth of Brahman. So Karma will eventually be worked out.

Karma does allow for anirudh (Divine Grace). Through exceeding devotion and love of God, the Hindu believes one can be helped to speed through Karma phal (Karmic fruit). By developing ‘vairagya’ or ‘detachment’ from the fruits of one’s karma, as Lord Krishna most famously summarized, one can transcend karma and be liberated. One is aided by love of God. All the Yogas of Hinduism seek to transcend karma through different means of realization.

One of the interesting aspects about karma in reincarnation is that talents and skills are never lost according to the Cayce files. Someone who has developed an ability in one life will still have it to draw upon later through karma. One may be born for example as a genius or prodigy, in math for example, if he develops this skill or have been of service now or having done so to a prodigous degree in the past or present.

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Why is Lord Rama known as Maryada Purushottam

He was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. We all have grown up listening to the stories from the Ramayana, which are a source of inspiration for all. Lord Rama is an embodiment of perfection for his devotees. Well, ever wondered why he is known as Maryada Purushottam? Today, we have brought to you the information about why Lord Rama is known as Maryada Purushottam. Let us begin.

The Meaning Of The Phrase Maryada Purushottam
Maryada Purushottam is a Sanskrit phrase in which “Maryada” translates to “honour and righteousness”, and “Purushottam” translates to “the supreme man”. The phrase when combined refers to “the man who is supreme in honour”. It also means the best man who practised righteousness until he perfected it.

Why Is He Known As Maryada Purushottam?
Lord Rama is the favourite of his devotees until today. They see him as an ideal man, whose ideals are worth following. Not just this, Lord Rama was the favourite of all those in his family as well as the people of his kingdom. The main reason behind this being, he performed every duty of his life to perfection. In every role that he had to play, he emerged as an ideal.

Lord Ram As A Son
Lord Rama is the son of Dasharatha and is the prince of Ayodhya. In this world, where the focus of all the disputes amongst kins is the ancestral property, in most of the cases, Lord Rama decided to leave the throne of Ayodhya to his brother Bharath, when Kaikeyi, the second wife of Dasharatha and mother of Bharatha, asked Dasharatha to send Rama into exile.

Dasharatha, though unwilling to do so, could not deny Kaikeyi’s request. According to a promise made long back, he was bound to accept three wishes of his wife. Lord Rama, realising that the promise could not be taken back, diligently followed the orders of his father and prepared for fourteen years in the forest. He would never choose to disobey his parents in any situation.

Lord Rama As A Brother
Lord Rama had three brothers, Bharatha, Shatrughna and Lakshman. All three of them respected him highly. They too saw him as the embodiment of perfection, as the Ramayana reveals. Though it was Bharatha to whom the throne was handed, Lord Rama always kept caring for him the same way. At times, Bharatha would come to see him in the ashrams, where Lord Rama used to guide him as an elder brother.

Lord Rama As A Husband
Lord Rama used to remain busy attending the meetings with the sages and his own devotees. He killed a number of demons who give hurdles in the the holy yajnas that were often performed by the sages in the forest. Despite this, Lord Rama took a good care of Goddess Sita. He was so protective of her that he told her not to come out of the house in his absence. To fulfil her wish of getting the golden deer, he went out and that’s when Ravana, the demon king, came and abducted Sita when she crossed the line marked by Lakshman.

Lord Rama As A King
More than everything else, he was an ideal king. It is said that in his kingdom, there was not even a single incident of theft, robbery, starvation, etc. when he had become the king of Ayodhya after completing his period of exile. Moreover, his decision-making abilities were wonderful. When some men from his kingdom started questioning the chastity of Sita and asked that she be sent into exile again, it was hard for him to do so, especially because he could not be there with her.

Real Reason Behind Ravana’s Destruction
However, as an ideal king, he knew that the interest of his men should be the main priority of a king, much higher than the interest of his blood relations or his wife. He believed that his first responsibility was that of the kingdom. Therefore, he accepted the demands of the subjects in the kingdom.

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Gurukul – The Ancient Place for learning yoga and other universal truths

Gurukul is the world’s first system of education in the world. It is important to know what was taught in the Gurukuls.

  1. अग्नि विद्या ( metallergy )
    2 वायु विद्या ( flight )
    3 जल विद्या ( navigation )
    4 अंतरिक्ष विद्या ( space scienc)
    5 पृथ्वी विद्या ( environment )
    6 सूर्य विद्या ( solar study )
    7 चन्द्र व लोक विद्या ( lunar study )
    8 मेघ विद्या ( weather forecast )
    9 पदार्थ विद्युत विद्या ( battery )
    10 सौर ऊर्जा विद्या ( solar energy )
    11 दिन रात्रि विद्या
    12 सृष्टि विद्या ( space research )
    13 खगोल विद्या ( astronomy)
    14 भूगोल विद्या (geography )
    15 काल विद्या ( time )
    16 भूगर्भ विद्या (geology and mining )
    17 रत्न व धातु विद्या ( gems and metals )
    18 आकर्षण विद्या ( gravity )
    19 प्रकाश विद्या ( solar energy )
    20 तार विद्या ( communication )
    21 विमान विद्या ( plane )
    22 जलयान विद्या ( water vessels )
    23 अग्नेय अस्त्र विद्या ( arms and amunition )
    24 जीव जंतु विज्ञान विद्या ( zoology botany )
    25 यज्ञ विद्या ( material Sc)

Vedic Science

वाणिज्य ( commerce )
कृषि (Agriculture )
पशुपालन ( animal husbandry )
पक्षिपलन ( bird keeping )
पशु प्रशिक्षण ( animal training )
यान यन्त्रकार ( mechanics)
रथकार ( vehicle designing )
रतन्कार ( gems )
सुवर्णकार ( jewellery designing )
वस्त्रकार ( textile)
कुम्भकार ( pottery)
लोहकार (metallergy)
तक्षक (guarding)
रंगसाज (dying)
आयुर्वेद (Ayurveda)
रज्जुकर (logistics)
वास्तुकार ( architect)
पाकविद्या (cooking)
सारथ्य (driving)
नदी प्रबन्धक (water management)
सुचिकार (data entry)
गोशाला प्रबन्धक (animal husbandry)
उद्यान पाल (horticulture)
वन पाल (horticulture)
नापित (paramedical)

These types of teachings were given in the Gurukulas. But with time the Gurukulas disappeared and with them these teachings also disappeared. Re-establishment of Gurukuls is very important for Vedic science and education.

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Important things to know before selecting a yoga course

Things are the most important factors to know for anyone before taking up any yoga course…

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– How authentic is the teacher?

This can be seen by reading his/her history, asking about their family/guru lineage, the traditions they follow and then doing your own conclusive research about what’s been shared with you…

– What subject is being taught?

There are various subjects which have such important relevance. So much so, that without their knowledge you can’t even be considered to be practicing yoga, but there is lack of awareness about them in the west due to the limited knowledge even today. This doesn’t let a person fully grow in yoga, as they aren’t aware of these subjects. These subjects can add depth to your existing yoga and might be very important for not just your own growth but might have a direct impact on the evolution of your students Incase you’re an existing teacher…

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– Can this subject be found in the original transcriptions and scripts of yoga or is it a filtered or toned down or a deviated subject given to you? Authenticity of text is important as these are time and character tested methodology. They are accepted as universal truths because they can be applied to anyone, from any region, at any time!

Adding to that, I would also say it’s important that whose commentary is being taught. Try to avoid as less change of wording in the manual as possible, the more hands it has passed the more away from Subject of yoga it became! All texts existed predominantly in Sanskrit, then were translated to Hindi or other local language, then to English, then to your local language and then someone added their own colour to it, in the end it ended up being just the shadow of what existed.

I would like to say the “best teacher and course” is a subjective matter and indeed in this aspect there can’t be a single best! However having said that, we are talking about yoga and when we talk of yoga guiding a person or giving guidelines to person so that they can have access to the best quality of teachings is the most fundamental aspect and we have to be responsible and truthful about!

Even though today it does act as a parameter of quality of a teaching but the past graduates testimonials also doesn’t speak much. For example if I have zero knowledge of yoga and only 1% of authentic knowledge was provided to me, I will consider that as wholesome 100% and write very nicely about the school and the teacher. This is totally misleading and I can vouch that some leading names have do not teach authentically.

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Now the question about whether the question of if the teacher is from India, this is directly relevant to the question of which course to take, even today there are many families in India who have been following and practicing yoga for over 1000 generations and this can not be replaced even with a lifetime of studies as many things in yoga come from real life situation experience after applying the wisdom of the books applied generation after generation. However I would also say that many Indians have compromised for the sake of money, this is why it becomes important to check their guru/family lineage.

Let me at this point also talk of moral and ethical issues, as an indian you would never go for yoga alliance for the reason that no American association can verify and certify an indian cultural practice and those who’ve done the certification of the alliances are simply in it for the money, as a matter of fact there is no body which can measure if you have achieved yoga, so measuring or certifying it becomes impossible. Adding to that there is literally only one certification body in the world recognised by any government and that is authorised by the ministry of yoga in India and is not yoga alliance America or even the Indian chapter of yoga alliance…

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India – A Dev Sanskriti (The civilization of gods)

Indian Culture is called Dev Sanskriti (divine culture). Its significance lies in the values, traditions and subjective practices carried out in the realms of soul-spirit by Indian seers and savants, whose conscious practice in daily life enables a person to naturally manifest in his life divine virtues. These contemplative and energizing practices of sadhana are designed after testing on the touchstone of personal experience, to awaken the indwelling divinity and bring about radical transformations in soul, mind and body of sadhaka.


The saints and sages who formulated and popularized Dev Sanskriti affirm that man is a spiritual being going through a human experience with a view to awakening and rediscovering his forgotten identity as a spark of Spirit. According to this culture, a deity is one in whom the divinity has to be awakened and who became a boon and blessing wherever he lives. Man has the inherent potential to become divine. When his true identity as spirit awakens his inner nature is transformed into a being of light and love although outwardly he conducts himself.

Dev Sanskriti originated and prospered in India. It is an invaluable gift of India to the world. Rich Indian heritage has several gems in its treasure but Dev Sanskriti is the greatest among them. It has been perennial source of inspiration for countless generations of Indians; and with it India has quenched the spiritual thirst of world in the past. India was hence honored with the honored title of “Jagadguru” (teacher of the world) and chakravati (conqueror of the globe). India became immensely wealthy and prosperous in material terms also due to its culture so much that foreign countries called it “the land of gold”. It is a historical fact that the progress of ancient India was due to the adoption of the principles of Divine Culture.

Source: http://literature.awgp.org

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Whose More Supreme – Bhagavan Shiv or Bhagavan Vishnu

“शिव विष्णु रूपायाय शिव रूपाया विष्णवे |
शिवस्या हृदयम विष्णु विष्णु चा हृदयायत शिवाहा ||
यथ शिवम्यो विष्णुहू येवम विष्णुमायहा शिवाहा |
यथान्ताराम न पासचाय ताथा मीस्वस्थी रेयूषी “||

“Shivaaya Vishnu Roopaaya Shiva Roopaaya Vishanave |
Shivasya Hrudayam Vishnur Vishnuscha Hrudayam Shivaha ||
Yatha Shivamayo Vishnuhu Yevam Vishnu Mayaha Shivaha |
Yathaantharam Na Paschyaami Thatha Me Swasthi Ra Yushi”||

IT’S REAL MEANING AS:- “There is no differences between Lord Shiva and Vishnu”, We people Creating the main diferences between them, and we are searching for God in this world there is no God to search, God is everywhere and every human also God,we defined and bring out our inner god, The ‘Man’ is the Special among of the 84lacs lives,Man only occupies this total earth and universe, Man knows everything, But he not realizing to finding his inner God, Upanishads and Vedas says Do good Be Good and Say Good, Spread the Truth, Beauty, Happiness”,

ABOVE, MANTRA SLOKA’S MEANING AS:-
“Shivaya Vishnu Roopaya”:- “Vishnu’s Roopa/Beauty and his avatar is none other than shiva. In other words”:- As:- “SHIVA IS VISHNU”.
“Shiva Roopaya Vishnuve” :- “The one in Shiva Roopa is none other than vishnu. In other words:- As:- “VISHNU IS SHIVA”.
“Shivscha Hrudayagam Vishnu, vishnuscha hrudayagam shiva – vishnu” :- Resides in “Shiva’s Heart”, and “Shiva resides in Vishnu’s Heart”.
“Yatha Shiva Mayo Vishnuhu, Yevam Vishnu Mayah Shiv – Vishnu” :- “Will be found in the same place you find Shiva, and Shiva can be found in the same place Vishnu is. As is if you find one, you have found the other”.
“Yathantaranna pashyami, thathatme swasthirayushi” – As:- “WE ARE ONE AND THE SAME”.

This mantra/sloka is found in the “YAJUR VEDA”. It can also be found towards the end of the “YAJUR-VEDA SANDYAA-VANDHANAM” – Every thing in this world is from “Shiva and Parvathi”. “Who are none other than “Rudra and Adi Shakti”. Every one is a form/avatar of them. They take this form to teach us that one person while a single entity can be different avatars. As:- “In a child is not just a child. It could be a son or a daughter, a sibling, grow up to be father mother etc. Whole the child is one entity, it takes different forms/avatars as time progresses and takes on different responsibilities.

In addition to the above which i personally believe, incase you need evidential proof then

Bhagwan shiv ji as per Vedas who is referred as Rudra

1) Revealing of Lord Rudra as One without Second:

Lord Rudra in Vedas has one peculiar characteristic ie. He is stated as the one without second. YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 1.8.6 clearly states ‘Eka Eva Rudro Na Dwitiya.’ ie. ‘Rudra yields noone to second.’ Now a question arises whether this is just Arthavãda or has special significance. It is not Arthavãda because same verse is derived by Svetasvatara Upanishad in 3.1 and used as to glorify Brahman ‘Eko hi Rudro Na Dwitiyaya… ‘. So, Lord Rudra is the one who is without second. Same thing is also revealed in Rudra Suktas of RigVeda:

न वा ओजीयो रुद्र त्वद् अस्ति
na vā ojīyo rudra tvad asti (RigVeda 2.33.10)
a mighter than you there is not Rudra.

अषाल्हाय सहमानाय वेधसे
aṣālhāya sahamānāya vedhase (RigVeda 7.46.1)
whom noone may overcome.

तवस्तमस् तवसा
tavastamas tavasā
Mightiest of the mighty. (R.V. 2.33.3)

2) Revealing form of Lord Rudra: The form of Lord Rudra is well revealed in YajurVeda. For instance YajurVeda records Lord as blue-necked one, rider of bull, holder of Pinaka, wearer of animal hide etc.. but still RigVeda also reveals some aspects about form and aura of Lord:

त्रयम्बकं यजामहे
trayambakaṃ yajāmahe (RigVeda 7.59.12)
We worship the three eyed one.

कपर्दिने
kapardine (Rig Veda 1.114.1)
One who has matted hairs.

हिरण्यम् इव रोचते
hiraṇyam iva rocate (RigVeda 1.43.5)
Shining like the bright gold.

शुक्र इव सूर्यो
śukra iva sūryo (RigVeda 1.43.5)
Shines like the Sun

स्थीरेभिरंगै
sthīrebhiraṃgai (RigVeda 2.33.9)
who is with firm limbs.

3) Revealing LordShip aspect of Lord Rudra: The Lordship aspect of Lord Rudra is well revealed in SataRudriya section of YajurVeda in the 2nd Anuvakam. RigVeda also states many verses which states about LordShip aspect of Lord Rudra:

ईशानादस्य भुवनस्य
īśānādasya bhuvanasya (RigVeda 2.33.9)
who is Lord of the Universe.

भुवनस्य पितरम्
bhuvanasya pitaram (RigVeda 6.49.10)
Father of the Universe.

न वा उ योषद् रुद्राद् असुरयम्
na vā u yoṣad rudrād asurayam (RigVeda 2.33.9)
The strength of Godhead never departs from Rudra.

सत्पतिं
satpatiṃ (RigVeda 2.33.12)
Lord of the Existence.

गाथपतिं
gāthapatiṃ (RigVeda 1.43.4)
Lord of the Hymns.

मेधपतिं
medhapatiṃ (RigVeda 1.43.4)
Lord of the sacrifice.

श्रेष्ठो देवानां वसुः
śreṣṭho devānāṃ vasuḥ (RigVeda 1.43.5)
Best among the Gods.

पुरुरुप
pururupa (RigVeda 2.33.9)
who has multiforms.

यजतं विश्वरुपम्
yajataṃ viśvarupam (RigVeda 2.33.10)
who has this whole universe as his form.

सुगन्धीम्
sugandhīm (RigVeda 7.59.12)
who is the essence (like sugandha is essence in flower).

पुष्टीवर्धनम्
puṣṭīvardhanam (RigVeda 7.59.12)
who is the cause of the growth of the Universe.

4) Revealing of grace seeking verses from Lord Rudra: RigVeda reveals many verses which sing to Lord Rudra so that the sages can receive grace of Lord Rudra:

कद् रुद्राय प्रचेतसे मीड्हुष्टमाय तव्यसे। वोचेम शंतमं हृदे ।।
kad rudrāya pracetase mīḍhuṣṭamāya tavyase। vocema śaṃtamaṃ hṛde
(RigVeda 1.43.1)
What shall we sing to Rudra, strong, most bounteous, excellently wise, That shall be dearest to his heart?

क्व से ते रुद्र मृडयाकुर हस्तो
kva se te rudra mṛḍayākura hasto (RigVeda 2.33.7)
where is that gracious Hand of thine?

गीर्भिराभि रुद्रं दिवा वर्धया रुद्रमक्तौ
gīrbhirābhi rudraṃ divā vardhayā rudramaktau (RigVeda 6.49.10)
Rudra by day Rudra in night we honour with these songs.

महो महि सुष्टुतिम् ईरयामी
maho mahi suṣṭutim īrayāmī (RigVeda 2.33.)
I utter forth mighty hymn of praises.

गृणीमसि त्वेषं रुद्रस्य नामः
gṛṇīmasi tveṣaṃ rudrasya nāmaḥ (RigVeda 2.33.)
We sing the splendid name of Rudra.

कुमारश् चित् पितरं वन्दमानम् प्रति नानाम रुद्रोपयन्तम्
kumāraś cit pitaraṃ vandamānam prati nānāma rudropayantam (RigVeda 2.33.12)
I have surrendered myself to you as a boy to the respected father approaching.

5) Revealing of grace showing verses of Lord Rudra: RigVeda also narrates many verses which shows how Lord Rudra graces to the devotees:

भिषक्तमं त्वा भिषजां शृणोमी
bhiṣaktamaṃ tvā bhiṣajāṃ śṛṇomī (RigVeda 2.33.4)
I hear you as the most curing among all curing.

हस्ते विभ्रद् भेषजा
haste vibhrad bheṣajā (RigVeda 1.114.5)
whose hand filled of sovran medicines.

वार्याणी शर्म वर्म छर्दिर
vāryāṇī śarma varma chardira (RigVeda 1.114.5)
grant us refugee, protection and shelter.

अपभर्ता रपसो दैव्यस्याभी
apabhartā rapaso daivyasyābhī (RigVeda 2.33.7)
Deliverer from defect of the Gods.

बृहन्तमृष्वमजरं
bṛhantamṛṣvamajaraṃ (RigVeda 6.49.10)
Great Blissful and Immortal.

Siddhartha
Great Blissfull and Immortal.

भूरेर् दातारं
bhūrer dātāraṃ (RigVeda 2.33.12)
The giver of many.

मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्
mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtā (RigVeda 7.59.12)
who provides immortality through Moksha.

6) Revealing of Desire of Rudra Consciousness: RigVeda also reveals about the state which sages seek where perfect thoughts of Lord Rudra comes to their mind. ie. Wishing of full mind devotion to Lord Rudra: आ ते पितर मरुतां सुम्नम् एतु ā te pitara marutāṃ sumnam etu (RigVeda 2.33.1) May your perfect thought come to us Oh father of Maruts. आ विवासेयं रुद्रस्य सुम्नम् ā vivāseyaṃ rudrasya sumnam (RigVeda 2.33.6) May perfect thought of Rudra comes in mind

“Om Namah Shivay”
“Om Namo Narayanay”

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5 Lesser known avatars of Bhagwan Shiv

Every one of us is quite familiar with the different avatars of Lord Vishnu, but did any of us ever wonder about the different avatars of Lord Shiva? Coming closer to the truths of the god, it is said that there are 19 different avatars of Lord Shiva. Each of the different avatars of Lord Shiva has a specific purpose and is known to serve a precise purpose.

Here are 5 of the lesser known avatars of Lord Shiva.

Bhairav Avatar


When Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had a fight over superiority, Lord Shiva had to take this avatar. Lord Shiva took the form of Bhairava and cut off Lord Brahma’s fifth head. Been guilty of cutting off the head of a Brahmin, Lord Shiva had to carry the skull of Lord Brahma for next twelve years.

Sharabha Avatar


Sharabha Avatar of Lord Shiva is known for its half bird and half lion body. According to facts and history, Lord Shiva took the form of Sharabha in order to kill Narasimha, the half lion avatar of Lord Vishnu.


Keerat Avatar


It is said that lord Shiva took the form of Keerat or hunter while Arjuna was meditating. Duryodhan had sent a demon named Mooka to kill Arjuna. He heard the loud noise of the demon while meditating. He and Lord Shiva struck the boar at the same time and then Arjuna challenged Keerat, the avatar of Lord Shiva as who would strike the board first. Impressed by Arjuna Vellore, Lord Shiva gifted him his Pashupata.

Tat Purusha


During the 21st Kalpa on earth, Lord Brahma wore yellow clothes. His deep meditation and prayers resulted in the radiant entity when Lord Brahma started chanting the Shiva Gayatri mantras. On completion of chanting, Lord Brahma observed there were several new avatars born- all wearing yellow clothes.

Ishan


When Lord Brahma desired about the son he started meditating on Shiva mentally. Due to core prayers and meditation, Saraswati manifested herself as an avatar of Vishwarupa after which Ishan came into being. Ishan is known for its crystal-like pure brilliance. After Ishan, Lord Bhrama created four more sons in collaboration with his strong Energy.

Considered as the supreme God in the Hinduism, Lord Shiva is known for having taken a variety of the avatars and incarnations. These were few among the unknown avatars of Lord Shiva.