I have received an interesting question as a comment for my post How To Construct Shiva Linga”
“Iam asking why there is no Dynasty for Siva, Muruga for the legacy continued from treta yuga till date ? I have been doing some research in both shaivism and Vaishnavism ? but records and history and dynasty hermitage has been well preserved in vaishnavism, but in shaivism why there is no records about the dynasty lineage is not present ? abrupt disruption or is it hidden, I have been doing some research about pratyangira devi in sholinganallur ? i could nt find the character in even shiv purana or shakti purana ? and the stala purana which is being told is completely false ? why this kind of false and misinterpretation shaivism ??”
It is from Mr.Rajesh Kumar.
The question, to some, may sound heretic and silly.
I feel that the question is rational and an explanation is called for.
It needs an effort to sift the allegories, allusions from Philosophy in Hinduism.
The question has two parts.
1.Why Shiva and Muruga do not have Dynasties?
2.Why does not it continue in the Kaliyug?
1.In Hindusim most of the Gods mentioned are symbolic representations of the principles of Nature.
Vishnu the Kinetic Energy,Shiva The Potential Energy,Manmatha as the embodiment of sexual desire,Goddess Parvati as the dormant energy of the Macrocosm and the Microcosm.
However, the same principles represented as Gods have also descended to the earth as Avatars.
When an Avatar as a Human Being takes place, the Gods are also bound by the laws applicable to Man.
They undergo the whole process that Man goes through.
So we have Lord Ram and Krishna getting married , having children, winning and losing wars and dying.
If they had not been born( I am not sure my grammar is correct here), they would not have had to undergo the tails and tribulations of Man.
By definition Gods in Hinduism have some basic qualities that qualify their existence.
1.Their feet will not touch the ground.
2.Their eyelids do not blink.
3. Garland adorned by them will not wither away.
4.They do not have sexual intercourse through Genital Organs.
If one notices, Brahma was born out of the navel,Nabhi, of Vishnu,Subrahmanya, Muruga was born of the third Eye of Lord Shiva and Ganapati from essence of Parvati’s whole body.
So in the strictest Human sense Sybramanya, Ganapati are not the progeny of Lord Shiva, unlike Lava, Kusa,sons of Lord Ram or Pathyumna or Samba of Lord Krishna.
So as Gods representing principles they do not have children in our usage of the term.
Once born as an Avatar they o beget children like we do.
One interesting point to note is that Lord Shiva is not reported to have been born of a Womb even as an Avatar.
He appears, does His Job and vanishes.
He is called ‘Ayonijan’,one who does not stay in the Womb.
Therefore He does not have children in His Avatars.
Again in the Case of Muruga , allegorically, He is explained is the Embodiment of Suddha Brahman, Nirguna and Saguna Brahman(without and with attributes, respectively)
Siva in Sanskrit means ,Prosperity’ and the Dormant energy when spoken with Shakti or Parvati, the Prime mover
2.Why there is no continuity of Dynasties in Kaliyuga?
The Purana do not indicate any Dynasty for the Kalki Avatar.
It is safe to assume that there is none for Him to continue as a legacy.
Please read my post Is There God, Yes and NO Hinduism