Symbols of Shiva
Shiva has many symbols. All of them repesent something. One of his symbols is his tiger skin clothing. The tiger skin represents the vehicle of Shakti. Shakti is the the goddess of power and force. Shiva can handle this because he's beyond any force. He wears it so he can prove that he is beyond any force. A myth was that once, Shiva had went to the forests as a man. The sages' wives fell in love with him. The sages were jealous and made a pit. A tiger was going to come out of the pit and attack. Shiva stopped it and took its skin.
Another symbol is the cobras around his neck. Shiva is beyond death though he is circled by death. It also represents Neelkantha which is the god who can alone drink poison. This god drinks poison so the world is effected by it. The snakes has the dormant energy like Neelkanta.
Another symbol is the crescent on hair mop. This represents the fifth day moon. This shows the power of Soma. Soma is the god of the moon. This means that he has the power of Soma. This means that he has the power to create people or destruction.
Ganga is the river that Shiva had created. It is one of the most holy rivers out of the most holiest rivers. It flows from the head of Lord Shiva. Ganga represents the casual waters. It also represents the essential instrument of purifying the water. Shiva has Ganga in his hair to bring heakthy water to the people of this earth.
Shiva's trident represents the three hindu trinities. The three hindu trinities are Vishnu, Brahma and Lord Shiva. This is also an instrument to punish people. It's a way to punish the three evildoers of the planes. The three evildoers of the planes are Spiritual, subtle, and physical. Shiva has many symbols that represents many things in this world.