Shiva or Shankar means auspiciousness, favourable, propitious, gracious, kind, benign, benevolent and friendly. In the Shiva Puran the One thousand names of Shiva are mentioned. Some of these well known names are:
TRIPURAARI - The enemy of Lust, Hatred and Anger.
NEELKANTHA-The blue throated.
CHANDRASHEKAR-The moon crested.
GANGAADHAR - The bearer of Ganga.
GRIRISH - The Lord of the mountains.
HAR - The seizer.
PASHUPATI - The Lord of animals.
VISHWANATH -The Lord of the Universe. These names represent the Exploits, States or Attributes.
COLOUR: White represents purity, absence of darkness and triumph of wisdom over ignorance.
THREE-EYES : Knowledge of past, present and future. Third eye is that of knowledge.
MATTED HAIR : The vastness of space.
TIGER SKIN : Destruction of animalistic tendencies. Complete mastery over lower desires.
GANGA : Flow of knowledge.
SERPENT MALA : Fearlessness and longevity.
CRESCENT MOON : Sharpness of Intellect and controller of Time.
DAMARU : Originator of all sounds.
TRISHUL : Three gunas-rajo, saatwa and tamo. Lord Shiva transcends the three gunas.
**OM NAMAH SHIVAY **