Hindu god Shiva shown within a Shivlingam by Jain Picutre Publishing

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14inch x 20 print of Hindu God Shiva within a Shivaling by Jain Picture Publishing.

Shiva also known as Mahadeva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme being within Shaivism, one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism.

Shiva is known as "The Destroyer" within the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu. In Shaivism tradition, Shiva is one of the supreme beings who creates, protects and transforms the universe

In ancient times, there was no form of Lord Shiva holding a trident. There was only a pind (stone) in front of which people chanted mantras. This is how Lord Shiva was worshiped. It was only much later that idols were created. From this practice the worship of the Shivalingam came about.