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Five Similarities Between The Greek God Poseidon And Indian God Shiva

Five Similarities Between The Greek God Poseidon And Indian God Shiva

Indian and Greek religions are famed for having a large number of gods, who have influenced popular culture through art, movies, books and such. Their legends and stories make a good read. But despite having the cultural divide of ‘East and West’, there are more similarities between them than you can imagine. Who would have thought that Shiva and Poseidon could have similarities! Read on to find more…

Like Shiva, Poseidon too has a trident staff. While Shiva uses his to vanquish his enemies, Poseidon uses his for the same purpose but in a slightly different manner. He brings upon earthquakes to destroy those who fall from his grace. Curious, isn’t it?!

The Indian God and his Greek counterpart are both portrayed shirtless, with only a loin cloth covering them. Moreover, both Shiva and Poseidon stand barefoot and are surrounded by a snake and eel respectively.

Shiva’s vehicle is Nandi, a cow, while Poseidon is the God of the Bull. In fact, one of Shiva’s many names is Pashupati, which means the Lord of the Animals.

If Shiva is the Hindu God of Destruction, Poseidon is known to create violent storms and with the help of tidal waves, destroy ships and thrash sea shores. Both gods are deemed to be unpredictable and when angry, they can destroy everything that comes in their way.


Both have a water connect. While the River Ganga flows from Shiva’s matted hair, Poseidon is the god of the Mediterranean Sea and like Shiva, he too has created smaller water bodies. Naturally, both have temples situated close to the water, which have become popular places of worship.


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