- "He sounds mean, doesn't he? But really, Shiva is a compasionate god, because in Hinduism, the destroyer of life is also the bringer of life. So what Shiva destroys, he renews and restores."
- ―Jiddu Krishnamurti[src]
Shiva (or Siva) is the Hindu god of destruction and transformation, and was one of the three main deities of Hinduism.
Also according to legend, Shiva was on the holy mountain, Mount Kalisa, and gave the priest Sankara five sacred stones, and instructed him to fight evil. Sankara traveled around India, converting many to the ways of Shiva, though eventually the stones were lost.
Encountering the worship of Shiva
In 1935, Jones encountered the people of Mayapore, who worshiped Shiva, and revered a rock, one of five Sankara Stones, as part of a lingam shrine to the god which had been stolen by the Thuggee cult at Pankot Palace. The cult worshiped Kali but also believed in Shiva. After freeing the slave children in the Thuggee Temple of Doom, Jones exclaimed to their high priest Mola Ram that he had betrayed Shiva and spoke words which caused the stone to glow red hot and ultimately led to Mola Ram's death.
Behind the scenes
The subtitles for the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom DVD spell the deity's name as Siva.
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Benares, January 1910" → Journey of Radiance (Statue)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Pictured only)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom novel (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold (Statue)
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Stone carving)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Sourcebook
- Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
- The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones