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LITERARY PSYCHIATRY
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 119-122

Siva - The mad lord: A Puranic perspective


1 Department of Psychiatry, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.204441

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The eccentricities of Lord Shiva, especially His attire, behavior - particularly the midnight dance at the cremation grounds surrounded by various strange beings, fondness to remain naked, and love for strange pets such as snakes and fawn, have attracted the loving and devout attention from His various adiyargal (devotees). This has resulted in the outpouring of their love for their Lord in the form of Thevaram and Thiruvachakam of Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar, Karaikal Ammaiyar, and Manickavachakar. Along with these writings, the background Puranic myths are mentioned. It is suggested that these ideas could be utilized to destigmatize mental illness among the sufferers and their carers.



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