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Attahasa Form of Shiva

Attahasa is one among the numerous forms of Shiva. Information about this form of Shiva is found in the Vayu Purana and Linga Purana. The apocalyptic laughter of Shiva is also referred as Attahasa. Some scholars are of the view that this a future manifestation of Shiva.

As per Vayu Purana, Shiva took the form of Attahasa in a mountain in the Himalayan Range. It is stated that the sons of Shiva will also reside in the Attahasa mountain range in the 20th yuga.

As per Linga Purana,

When the twentieth cycle of a yuga occurs, then I shall be known by the name Attahasa, the loudly launghing one – a form that people will adore. – (Linga Purana 1.24.94 – 95)