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Shiva Nataraja (Earth-616)

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Shiva is the son of ancient earth-goddess Ammavaru. She laid a great egg from which sprang, Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. Together, the three brothers rose to ruling council of the Hindu gods after Vishnu overthrew the Rakshasas, the Hindu demons who had overthrown their Vedic ancestors, once worshipped as gods by the Aryan tribes on Earth.


Shiva possesses greater physical powers than the majority of the Daevas (Hindu Gods). Like all of the Hindu Gods, he is immortal. He has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any known conventional means. He is immune to all known terrestrial diseases and is invulnerable to conventional injury. If wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for Vishnu or a number of gods of equal power working together to revive him. Shiva does have some superhuman strength and his own Daeva metabolism gives him far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Daeva flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Hindu Gods).

Shiva has extra-ordinary power to tap into and manipulate the cosmic forces of the universe on a level comparable to Vishnu or Brahma although Shiva might be the most powerful of the three. With his powers of life and death, he can restore the dead to life or completely destroy anything beyond restoration. Most of this power is concentrated in his third eye which when opened even he cannot completely control. This third eye is capable of releasing flames that can completely incinerate anything at which he is looking. It is known that he had so completely immolated Kama that the love god could only return to life after being reborn anew.

Shiva can also use his powers to move between dimensions and command the forces of the universe such as erecting force fields and rays of less destructive power. He has a strong association with flame and can generate it at will or manipulate existing flames. He can mentally shape it into hands or columns or force it take on material objects exuding great heat. Because of his godly attributes, he is immune to their effects and cannot be burned. His godly stamina is also immune to fatigue and he can stay in a meditative state for exceptional periods without food or drink. He has immeasurable strength and stamina in physical form. He also has such complete mastery over his body that he can slow his breath and pulse to the brink of near death and move about in a solely spirit state. In this form, he is still in complete command of his cosmic power and cannot be harmed by any means. He has exceptional cosmic awareness, which is greater when he is in his spirit form.

Strength level

Shiva possesses Class 100 level strength enabling him to lift (press) well over 100 tons.


Shiva rides a great bull named Nandi. Possessing extra-ordinary size, Nandi seems to have a sentient level intelligence and can create thunder with one stamp of its foot. His origin is unknown, but he may be a god in an animal form.


Shiva uses a number of weapons including a club, curved dagger called a vajra, bow and arrow and swords.

  • Technically, Shiva's first appearance was originally Thor I #301, but so many Hindu readers were offended that Shiva could be defeated by Thor that those appearances were ret-conned to Indra, the older Vedic thunder-god. This ret-con pushes Shiva's first appearance to much later in Thor II #61.

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