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What do the horizontal stripes of ash on forehead of Deity Shiva represent?

The word Shiva (शिव) has been derived by reversing the letters of the word vash (वश्‌). Vash means to enlighten; thus the one who enlightens is Shiva. Shiva is absolute, self-radiant. He remains radiant and also illuminates the universe. He is the auspicious and prosperity-bestowing principle. Click here to read more.

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