The Hindu God Shiva has always been one inspiring awe and reverence. Called the perfect husband, Shiva is the epitome of divine perfection, and not without reason! Everyone from celebrities to youngsters are fans of Shiva, sporting tattoos of the charismatic Indian God!

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We present to you, the top 9 reasons why!

1. He smokes weed!

Shiva is literally the God of weed! One of his favourite pastimes is smoking up, and staring off, into space. Even his devotees partake in smoking up and making offerings of pot as a sign of worship to the God! Huehuehue!

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2. His organ is worshipped!

This is the guy who is supposedly always naked, and sports a permanently erect dick, which is worshipped all over the world as the “Shivalingam”, with milk poured on it to keep it cool! Clothed in a tiger hide to prevent public discomfort, his arousal is not by external stimulation, however, but from perpetual internal bliss! Riiiiiiiiiiiight!

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3. He has dreadlocks!

Long before hipster fashion was discovered by the modern world, Shiva sported dreadlocks, and long, flowing windswept ones at that! Shiva, the biker, the rockstar, the ultimate rebel!

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4. He has a snake for a pet!

Calling the Naga a pet might be a bit over-simplified, but Shiva’s naga, who is wrapped around his neck signifies a sense of calm and inner peace. Real chilled out dude!

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5. He doesn’t discriminate!

One of the best things about Shiva is the fact that everyone is equal to him. His bhaktas include Asuras, demons, as well as Devas! The ultimate advocate for the “you get what you give” principle!

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6. His Ardhanarishwar form stands for equality.

This androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati which is a half male and half female figure, symbolises masculine (Purusha) and feminine(Prakrithi) energy in a perfect synthesis. His wife Parvati is his equal to him in everything! Maybe all the misogynists could take a lesson from him in feminism and equality.

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7. He is the ultimate God, the destroyer of worlds.

Shiva, in his Nataraja form, performs the Tandava, the dance of destruction whenever civilisation’s time is up, giving way to rebirth and creation. You don’t wanna mess with this guy, really! He’ll dance his way to kingdom come, before you can even blink!

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8. He is the most relatable of the Gods.

Shiva is the one who was not accepted by his father in law, lost his love, who had issues with his children, who made mistakes, and dealt with them coolly! That is what makes him most relatable to the youngsters! Who hasn’t faced the pangs of disappointment and heartbreak in life, eh?

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9. He is the quintessential outsider, the anti-hero.

Disconnected from the world, not abiding by social norms and restrictions, Shiva is the ultimate outlaw! This is what makes him relatable to youngsters, as being young is all about questioning and even attacking rules and norms, to figure out your own place in society!

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With Shivratri right around the corner, do tell us what YOU find the coolest things about Shiva!

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