19 AVTARS OF LORD SHIVA
As a supreme God in Hinduism, Lord Shiva is known to have taken many incarnations and avatars. The five most important avatars that a devotee must know are:
Manifested in Peetavasa or the 21st Kalpa, Tatpurush is the third and the most popular incarnation of Lord Shiva.
The Ishan form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were manifested in Vishwaroop Kalpa, and were the beginning of Ardhamundi, Mundi, Caste and Shikhandi manifestations.
During Rakta or the 20th Kalpa, a red complexioned entity emerged from Lord Brahma, and is believed to be Namadeva – a form of Shiva.
Born out of Lord Brahma in Shiva Kalpa during a deep meditative state, Aghoresh has a black complexion.
Considered to be the first incarnation of Lord Shiva in Shweta Lohit or the 19th Kalpa, four of the first disciples of Sadhojat were Sunand, Nandan, Vishwanandan and Upanandan.