The Destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon; Also called: Shiva.
Or Shiva; In Hinduism, the third chief god (with Brahma and Vishnu). As Mahadeva (great lord), he is the creator, symbolized by the phallic lingam, who restores what as Mahakala he destroys. He is often sculpted as Nataraja, performing his fruitful cosmic dance. His consort or female principle (sakti) is Parvati, otherwise known as Durga or Kali.