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Mahadev - beautiful Shiva, a perfect symbol to meditate on..alternatively one can meditate one ones favourite deity or Ishta Dev (or Divine Mother Durga-Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva).

Shiva consumed the poison in an act to protect the universe - Drinking of this gross poison was a small matter for Shiva. In the 'Linga Purana' Shiva said there is still much poison in this world and those who could drink that poison are the real heroes. (note similarity to what Jesus did)