Lord Shiva is a highly revered deity for the Indian masses as well as for Asian cultures influenced by Hinduism and Buddhism. He has been represented and reinterpreted in books, music, television and cinema. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, we take a look at five television shows that put their focus on or featured Mahadeva.
Om Namah Shivay (1997-1999)
This was a beloved and enchanting series on Lord Shiva, directed by Dheeraj Kumar and shown on Doordarshan’s DD National channel. The show explored in detail the mythology of Shiva from the Puranas, the Upanishad and the Ramayana. Actor Samar Jai Singh portrayed the role of Shiva initially. Later, actor Yashodhan Rana took over. He portrayed Shiva once again in the serial Jap Tap Vratt from the same creative team. Pandit Jasraj performed the opening theme song.