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Three and Shiva – Number Three Symbols of Lord Shiva

Number three is a recurring theme in the philosophy and stories associated with Shiva. The most famous among them is the three eyes.
  • Shiva has three eyes.
  • Three horizontal ash lines on the forehead of the Shiva devotees.
  • Bilva, the favorite plant, of Shiva is noted for its joined three leaves.
  • The trident of Shiva has three blades.

Apart from this Shiva is believed to have destroyed Tripuri – the three impregnable forts of Demons.

Three represents the beyond – the world which we should aim for and reach – Sat Chit Ananda.

Shiva opens the third eye to destroy ignorance which is stopping us from attaining Moksha.