The most violent anddangerous of the Hindu gods, Shiva was known as the Destroyer. He had four arms, fourfaces and three eyes. The third eye, in the center of his forehead, is lethally destructive. Shivawore the skin of a tiger and a snake twined around his neck, trophies of the very animals hehad defeated when they had been sent against him by jealous Rishis. Commanded by Indrato inflame the Destroyer with love for the goddess Parvati, Kama fired an arrow at thegod, who, shaken from his meditation, lashed out and destroyed Kama.