Lord Shiva and Vishnu are part of the holy trinity of Hinduism and two of the most important Gods, worshiped by millions of Hindu devotees worldwide. We have all heard about the great glories of these two Gods and are quite aware of the power of their blessings.
But Hindu mythology has a mention of a combined avatar of Vishnu and Shiva, known as Harihara. Hari is the name of Vishnu and Hara is that of Shiva, and Harihara is the ultimate manifestation of them both. On that note let us have a look at some interesting facts about Lord Harihara –
Amazing Facts About Lord Harihara –
1. Harihara is a combined manifestation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu who is worshipped by both the Vaishnavite and Shaivite sects of Hinduism.
2. This special deity, also known as Shankaranarayana, signifies the oneness and universal unity of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, as manifestations of Brahman or the supreme soul.
3. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is considered to be the heart of Lord Vishnu. Likewise Lord Vishnu is also considered to be the heart of Lord Shiva.
4. This combined manifestation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu is said to have given birth to Lord Ayappa or Hariharaputra.
5. Ayappan was born to end the boon of Mahishi, the demon sister of Mahisasur. Mahishi had a boon that only the son of Lord Shiva and Vishnu could kill her. Ayappan was Shiva and Vishnu’s offspring who ended Mahishi’s life.
6. Killing Mahashi was necessary as she was terrorizing the earth and killing innocents by the power of her boons. Something needed to be done and it was almost unthinkable that Vishnu and Shiva could have a son.
7. So Vishnu took the form of Mohini and united with Hara or Shiva in order for Ayappan to be born. Harihara is a greatly respected deity and is considered to be the ultimate form of God by many devotees.