Shiva with trident, a cow and a cobra around his head. The cow represents the Divine Mother. The trident is a symbol of various trinities.
Shiva is one of the most popular deities in India. His devotees revere him as the supreme Reality, the total Godhead. They see him as the Guru of all gurus, the destroyer of ignorance and evil. The name “Shiva” means “auspicious” or “kind.”