Where did Lord Shiva come from? Proof of existence of Lord Shiva?
It seems that Lord Shiva has been around for centuries. When one makes the effort to delve into the history if the Hindu religion one can see that it is possible that Lord Shiva actually transcends the time when Hinduism was established as an organized religion. To do this one must be very familiar with the languages of the Puranas and the Vedas, the ancient books of knowledge.
The main question: “Is there any proof of existence of Shiva ?”
There are many scholars that argue about when Lord Shiva first came to be worshipped. One thing they all agree upon is that the origin of Lord Shiva can be traced back all the way to a pre-Aryan period. Many scholars claim that Lord Shiva’s statues and carvings can be found as far back as the Indus Valley Civilisation! But one thing is clear the more one reads about and follows the ways of Lord Shiva… Lord Shiva was and is a god who is held in high regard. His popularity can be seen by the fact that he is worshipped in all parts of India and his presence can be seen from north to south, east to west in a country that is very well known for its diversity.
One of the documented proofs of the existence of Lord Shiva indicating his origins can be found in Mohenjo-daro. That would mean that the proof is over 4000 years old!! Here Lord Shiva is seen in the form of Pashupati or the lord of animal like beings. The reason this proof, which is in the form of a seal discovered during a dig, is considered one of the earliest recordings of Lord Shiva is because of the figure carved out on the seal. The figure seems to be sitting in a yoga position with its knees out and its feet joined together and is surrounded by animals. Lord Shiva has been considered by many to be a Mahayogi or a great yogi. He is credited with the invention of yoga.
The most common and well-known origin of Lord Shiva is of him as The Destroyer. When Hinduism was established as an organized religion, the Hindu Trinity or the Trimurti was a very important part of it. The three gods who form the Trimurti are Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Each one has their own place in the trinity and the each have their own duties to perform. Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu is the Preserver and Lord Shiva is The Destroyer. Many Hindus consider the avatar of The Destroyer as Lord Shiva’s origin.
Lord Shiva has many things in common with the god Rudra. Rudra is also known as the god of the roaring storm and is portrayed as a fierce, destructive entity just like Lord Shiva. In the oldest known test on Hinduism, the Rig Veda, there is mention of Rudra. Rudra is also another name for Lord Shiva. The Rudram, a sacred hymn that invokes Rudra also mentions Rudra as Lord Shiva in many different instances.
According to the Vishnu Purana, Brahma wanted to have a child and so mediated for many years. After his intense mediation came to an end, a child appeared before him crying in a loud voice. When Brahman asked him what was the problem was, the child replied that he was crying because he did not have a name. Then Brahma named him Rudra and as he cried seven more times, gave him seven more names. This is one of the reasons why Lord Shiva has eight different forms.
But if we were to follow what the Puranas, ancient Hindu scriptures, tell us then Lord Shiva has no origin. According to these holy scriptures Lord Shiva has no beginning and no end. He is immortal and will live forever. He has not been born and so in essence, he cannot die.