Shiva: Haiku

Lord Shiva painting the style symphony haiku

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This week’s Haiku Horizon‘s given prompt DRINK reminded me of the supreme God, Lord Shiva, the destroyer, drinking the lethal poison. My Haiku portrays the ethos of Hindu Mythology which depicts that death is inevitable and essential. The painting I’m sharing along with my Haiku here is named ‘Rudra’ which is painted by my sister Vineeta Mishra.

Lord Shiva painting the style symphony haiku
Shiva by Vineeta


~ Haiku ~                                                                         ~ Haiku ~


Destroyer Shiva,

Drank poison, salvaged mankind,

Life commences from death.


Today’s prompt, ‘drink’, made me perplexed about how to write a Haiku on such a phenomenon which is quite vital for humanity. No one in this world can survive without drinking. But poison? No one can! Hindu mythology has many such examples where gods and humans drank poison. Meera drank it to prove the divinity and transcendence  of her love for Lord Krishna. Lord Shiva drank poison (Halahal) to save this universe from getting destroyed from its harmful effects. According to Hindu mythology, gods and demons churned the ‘ocean of milk’ (Samudra Manthan) to segregate the ‘nectar of immortality’ (Amrit), and one of the most lethal poisons, halahal appeared as a byproduct of Amrit. To save their lives and this universe, all the gods requested Shiva to drink the poison, which was venom released from the serpent king Vasuki’s mouth. Vasuki was used as a rope to churn the ocean of milk.

Lord Shiva is considered the god of destruction, the third god of Hindu Triumvirate. The other two gods of this trinity are Bramha, the creator and Vishnu, the preserver. Despite being the god of death and destruction, Shiva consumed poison and this universe was salvaged from getting destroyed. He kept that venomous drink in his throat, as that poison was too fatal to be consumed even by gods. His throat turned blue due to the poisonous effect which was the reason behind Lord Shiva being called as Neel Kanth (blue throated). In Hindu Mythology, the significance of Shiva as the God of death is of more relevance than all other gods as it’s believed that destruction induces new creation and regeneration.

Sangeeta Mishra

Haiku is a Japanese poem traditionally comprising of seventeen syllables, in three lines of ‘five’, ‘seven’, and ‘five’, which evokes natural images.

  • The haiku holds so much mythology! Wonderfully done… 🙂

    The picture is beautiful as well…

  • Well said! Thanks to Lord Shiva.
    Lovely painting by Vineeta.

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    Loved the haiku, very nicely described the contribution of Shiva in less words.

  • Yogi Saraswat

    Great haiku and parallel matched painting .

  • Lovely Painting dear and perfect words to describe the same.

  • the picture is well made. Good lines on it.

  • inducares

    Beautiful painting.

  • You are all a family full of talents Sangeeta…..awesome painting…..