Shiva with Six Faces

We are aware of Panchanana Shiva – Shiva who is worshipped in five faces or five different forms. However, there is also a lesser-known concept of Shiva in which he is worshipped with six faces.

This concept is more popular in South India and is closely associated with the worship of Muruga.

Panchanana Shiva faces are Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghora, Tatpurush and Ishana.

In this rare concept, Shiva has a sixth face, which is known as Athomugam or Adhomugha. This is a compassionate form of Shiva. He is the source of all life forms – both known and unknown.

The names of the other five face of Shiva in this concept are Saththiyosatham, Vamathevam, Ahoram, Thatpurusham, and Esanam.