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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)

Shiva is depicted three-eyed, the crescent moon in his long matted hair, wearing ornaments of serpents and a skull bracelet, and covered in ashes. He carries the Trisula (trident) and Damaru (drum).

Rudra (Devanagari: रुद्र): Rigvedic & Hindu deity of the wind/storm & the hunt; incarnation of Shiva.