Lord Shiva’s Faces

According to scriptures in some regions of southern India, Lord Shiva is said to have six faces. There are two beliefs pertaining to the sixth face. One states that the sixth face is beyond comprehension of the human mind and is considered more like a direct representation of Brahman. The other belief is that Devi Parvathi is the sixth face and that all the six faces together is represented as Lord Muruga/Shanmugha.

Lord Shiva Face

During pooja rituals, the boiled rice offered to Lord Shiva when done in specific mixtures for each of the five faces of Lord Shiva, is said to be very effective in appeasing Lord Shiva. Accordingly, the corresponding food for each face is given below :-


Eeshana Face         – boiled rice
Tattpurusha Face   – boiled rice with curd
Aghora Face          – boiled rice with sesame seeds
Vamadeva Face     – boiled rice with jaggery
Sadhyojatha Face  –  boiled rice with milk

You can also accommodate this technique in your Lord Shiva Pooja by taking very little quantities for offering. It is the quality of devotion which is important and not the quantity of offering.Om

3 thoughts on “Lord Shiva’s Faces

  • March 31, 2012 at 8:20 am
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    Thank you very much for the input. Could you kindly throw some light in the Sixth Face of Lord Shiva.

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  • May 11, 2012 at 12:29 am
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    As the admin has rightly said above,the sixth face of Lord Shiva is much beyond the comprehension of a normal human's mind…It would be futile to try and understand more about it, since only a person who has trained his/her mind to merge with the infinite can try to start understanding about such concepts…

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  • August 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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