the Aryan gods dominated the Indian thought, the pre-Aryan Shiva was at its head, the
Ishana as the later Vedic literature of the Brahmanas would have it, or the Mahadeva, the
Great God, as the Puranas proclaim Him to be. And from Kailasa in the Himalayas
where Shiva has His abode and from the twelve eternal shrines of Jyotirlingas-of
which Somanatha is the foremost-to the most obscure village temples resides the Great God;
not only the God of the great and the learned but the Guardian of the lowliest of
the devout, whose temple doors are never closed to any one, however fallen.
The conception of Shiva and Parvati in Indian culture is inspiring.