Mahadeva,¬†mighty god, Hindu¬†Puranic, is an important epithet of¬†Shiva¬†with three heads (two male and one female) signifying the three aspects–Aghora (right), Saumya (center), and¬†Shakti¬†(left). The attributes are the ax, bell, hook, mirror, noose, staff, sword, tree, and trident. This term is also identified as a manifestation of Shiva and one of the Ekadasarudras (eleven forms of¬†Rudra). In northern India among the tribes including the Gonds, the expression Mahadeo (great god) is directed toward Shiva as the supreme deity.¬†A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 151