by Ivan Petricevic
In ancient Hinduism, Shiva is known as one of the gods of the
Trimurti ('three-forms' - the Hindu Trinity), where,
he represents the god
that destroys the universe, along with Brahmá (the god who
creates the universe) and Vishnu (the god that preserves the
Thus, he is referred to
as Shiva the "destroyer of evil and the transformer"
Within the so-called
Shaivism, Shiva is considered
the supreme god. A powerful deity unlike any other.
Ancient Hinduism explains that Shiva is described as an omniscient
yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, and is represented
with his wife Parvati, and two sons,
Shiva has many benevolent
ways as well as others to fear.
He is often depicted as
immersed in deep meditation. However, in his most fierce aspects,
Shiva is often depicted slaying demons. He is also known as
Adiyogi Shiva and is regarded as the patron god of yoga,
meditation, and arts.
In Shaivism tradition,
Shiva is the
Supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the
He is usually
worshiped in the aniconic form of Lingam - an abstract
representation of the Hindu deity.
the most devout Hindus, this powerful God is considered a
real God, that walked among humans in the distant past.
as a force for incredible good, he is also feared as a force
for incredible destruction.
is said to possess a trident which could annihilate anything
in its path.
Shiva was also called Mahadeva, which means the Great God,
God of Gods.
And this God of Gods
had a dual function in Hindu life:
There is no creation
If we look back at ancient history, we will see that Shiva, like
many other powerful gods, were thought to have originated from the
stars. They were revered as visitors fro the stars.
In other words, they were
seen as extraterrestrials, since they did not originate on
To understand more about this powerful deity, we look deep into
India, a country covering over 1.2 million square miles, considered
the seventh-largest country on the planet, home to around 1.3
billion people, and therefore the second most populated on the
surface of the planet.
India is also home to our planets oldest surviving religion which
originated as far as 2000 BC.
The interesting part is that, for many people in India, their gods
are not mythological in nature, but are real beings that have, at
times, been present on the surface of the planet.
Its a powerful and rich history. Hinduism has many gods and
goddesses which adorn their plentiful culture with stories, myths,
legends and various different principles that they represent.
Therefore, it is natural
to have a population who firmly believes their gods were real.
And despite the fact that
they may have existed physically, they may not have always been
visible, or present.
Shiva as a householder
depicted in an 1820
Vedas - A
powerful history conveying an even greater message
Ancient Hindu Vedas and epics are their most powerful aspect.
Through them, important
messages were conveyed. In them we see that the Gods of Hinduism
were not from Earth. Like the gods of many other cultures, their
Gods came down from the sky.
The Vedas are historical records. Referred to as Itihasa -
meaning history in Sanskrit - these ancient writings were not
just ordinary religious stories.
And there is one important characteristic that marks the Hindu Gods
stand out from other gods. While other religions have their God
depicted as an all-powerful being, the Vedic texts describe Hindu
gods that often rely on the use of 'tools'.
These tools have been
interpreted by ancient astronaut theorists as technologies:
Technologies from the
Having that said, an
important question is raised:
Is there a slight
possibility - as some ancient astronaut theorists propose - that
the Gods described in ancient Hindu texts were not only divine
beings, but also extraterrestrial beings?
One of the most important
Hindu stories is the Mahābhārata - one of the two major Sanskrit
epics of ancient India, the other being the Rāmāyaṇa.
Many authors believe that the Hindu story of the Mahābhārata is
filled with descriptions of what many people would today interpret
as advanced technologies.
The Mahābhārata mentions flying vehicles -
It also mentions what
seem to be weapons, missiles, and
even nuclear bombs...
Statue of Lord Shiva at Murudeshwar.
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Curiously, depictions of Shiva embody this idea of destruction and
Shiva is often depicted holding a drum called a Damaru.
Damaru was a
tool Shiva used to create the universe. Depictions of Shiva show
him having a cobra posed to strike, around his neck.
In one hand he
is illustrated holding a trident-like weapon called the 'Trishula'
and at the center of it we see something unusual:
Shiva is the only god
that has a depicted with third eye.
It is said that if this
third eye were to open, it would produce a powerful light that would
Now that strange because usually, when we talk about the third eye
we speak of enlightenment, meditation and peace. And here we have
Shiva, one of the most prominent ancient Hindu Gods with a third eye
that had the ability to destroy anything.
So, we have to ask,
Chola dynasty statue
depicting Shiva dancing as Nataraja
(Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Some of the earliest Vedic texts are believed to have been written
around 4,000 years ago.
However, the Hindus claim
that these stories can be traced back hundreds and perhaps even
thousands of years earlier, existing as part of an oral tradition
that like many other things, had been passed down from one
generation to generation.
Ancient Astronauts theorists tell
us that Shiva most likely arrived at Earth at a time before modern
humans walked the planet, but most importantly, before the event
known, in Biblical tradition as
the Great Flood.
Now the great flood is a very important clue.
If you take a close look
at history, you'll find that nearly every culture around the globe
has some sort of ancient writings or oral traditions, where they
speak and detail a massive destruction that occurred on Earth: The
This catastrophic event is said to have wiped out much of the life
on Earth in one single day.
Now, Ancient Astronaut theorists point towards Shiva the god of
destruction. And in the Hindu tradition, you have to have
destruction in order to have creation.
Even more interesting is the fact that Tibetan lamas tell that,
after the great Flood, when the whole Earth was destroyed by extreme
rising waters when the waters eventually receded, mankind was
created by the seed that was guarded by Lord Shiva.
All of these descriptions are interesting.
Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, observed
the first atomic explosion at the Trinity test site.
There, he cited a line
the Bhagavad Gita - a 700 verse
Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic
"I have become death,
destroyer of worlds."
That's the title that
belongs to Shiva:
Shiva the Destroyer...
And looking from a
different point of view, we ask whether it is possible Shiva was not
just a deity, but,
extraterrestrial visitor that was responsible for not only
the creation of mankind but the destruction of an earlier
race of beings that inhabited Earth?
And if so, did
Shiva destroy, in order to create?
To make way for