Most people know about the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, but little is known about the incarnations of Lord Shiva. In the famous Shiva Purana, many incarnations of Lord Shiva, the God of Gods, are found. According to this scripture, Lord Shiva took 19 incarnations. This holy month of Sawan (Sawan Somvar 2020) is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In this holy month, you also know about the major incarnations of Mahadev.
Virbhadra avatar: This incarnation of Lord Shiva happened at a time when Mother Sati sacrificed her body in a yajna organized by Daksha. When Lord Shiva came to know of this, he got angry and uprooted one of his heads and slammed him on top of the mountain in anger. Mahabhayakara Veerabhadra appeared from the east side of the same jata and this incarnation destroyed the Yajna of Daksha and separated Daksha’s head from the body and gave him the death penalty.
Bhairav avatar: In the Shiva Mahapuran, this incarnation is described as the full form of the divine Devadhidev Shiva. Ashwatthama Avatar: According to the epic Mahabharata, Ashwatthama, the son of Guru Drona, was a part of Kaal, Krodha, Yama and Lord Shiva. Dronacharya had done severe penance to get Lord Shiva in the form of a son. Processed by his penance, Mahadev gave him a boon that he would incarnate as his son. Later, Savantik Rudra incarnated as Ashwatthama, the powerful son of Drona. It is believed that Ashwatthama is still alive.
Sharavabhaatar: In this incarnation, Lord Shiva had the appearance of half a deer and the rest of a sharbha bird. According to the Puranas, the bird was an eight-legged animal, which was more powerful than the lion. It is believed that in this incarnation, Mahadev pacified the wrath of Narasimha, the avatar of Vishnu.
Sage Durvasa: The incarnation of sage Durvasa is also prominent in various incarnations of Lord Shiva. He was noted in the world for his anger. It is said that Shivaatar sage Durvasa who used to be angry always had welfare.
Hanuman avatar: Hanuman avatar of Mahadev, the god of gods, is considered superior in all incarnations of Shiva. In this incarnation, Lord Shiva took the form of a monkey and in this form he did devotion to Lord Rama.
Taurus Avatar: In some special circumstances, Lord Shiva took a special avatar of Taurus. In this incarnation, Mahadev killed the arrogant sons of Vishnu.
Krishnadarshan avatar: This incarnation of Mahadev is considered a symbol of complete religion. In this incarnation, Mahadev has explained the importance of Yajna etc. religious works.
Avadhoot Avatar: Lord Shiva crushed the ego of Devaraj Indra by taking Avadhoot avatar. Brihaspati recognized Mahadev and praised Avadhoota for his versatility. Pleased with this, Shivji forgave Indra.
Sureshwar Avatar: Sureshwar (Indra) incarnation of Lord Shiva reflects his love for the devotee. Lord Shiva was pleased with the devotion of a small boy Upamanyu, incarnating Sureshwar, and gave him the gift of his supreme devotion and immortal status.
Kirat Avatar: It is said that Lord Shiva took the bravery of Panduputra archer Arjuna in Kirat avatar.
Sunset Avatar: Mahadev wore a sunnetted dress to ask for his daughter’s hand from Parvati’s father Himalaya Raj.
Brahmachari Avatar: Sati was born as Parvati in the home of Himalayaraja after sacrificing her life in Daksha’s yagya. At the same time, he had done severe penance to get Mahadev as her husband. In order to test Parvati, Shivji came to him wearing Brahmachari’s dress.
Yaksha Avatar: Shiva, the Yaksha avatar, wore it to remove the improper and false pride of the gods. Lord Shiva placed a straw in front of the gods and asked him to cut, burn, drown and blow it. Even after exerting his full power, the gods could not even shake the straw. Then Akashvani said that this Yaksha is Lord Shiva, the destroyer of all pride. Then all the gods praised Lord Shiva and apologized for their crime.