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Why is Shiva Blue in Color? - Reason For Blue Colour Skin of Shiva

Shiva is depicted having blue skin color. Why is he not shown in normal human skin color? Hinduism is full of symbolisms and the blue colour skin of Shiva is also a symbol.

Blue is the color of the infinite. All Hindu gods are an attempt by the human mind to give form to the formless Brahman (The Supreme Truth or God in Hindu Religion). The color blue symbolizes immeasurable and all pervading reality – formless Brahman.

Reason For Blue Colour Skin of Shiva

The blue color thus teaches us that what appears as Shiva is the all pervading reality.

Brahman (the Supreme Reality) takes a particular form to satisfy the human mind.

The blue color also indicates like the sky that what we have so far understood about the Supreme Truth is only one aspect. The Supreme Truth has 'n' number of forms.

Shiva is also shown in red, ash and black color. All these colors are associated with infinity.

Blue Throat of Shiva

Shiva is also known as Neelakanda – one with blue throat. This is because when the ocean of milk was being churned by the Devas (Demi gods) and Asuras (Demons) using Snake Vasuki as rope, the first thing to appear was a dark sticky foam. It was the dreaded poison Halahala, which had the power to destroy the universe.

Lord Shiva soon realized that the poison had the power to destroy the cosmos and immediately gathered the poisonous foam in his hands and drank it to save the world.

Goddess Parvathi, got alarmed about the safety of her husband Lord Shiva, caught hold of his neck to avoid poison from entering His body. The poison remained in the throat of Shiva making it blue colored.