An Eastern Indian deity said to rule over ghosts and evil spirits. In Indian traditions, it is customary to make offerings to this deity to prevent him from sending out armies of ghosts to plague the living. The offerings are commonly left at "crossroads", where it is rumored that spirits have a tendency to gather.
"fierce, violent"; [ Ved.]: the Divine as master of our evolution by violence and battle, the deva or Deity ascending in the cosmos; [ Puranas]: the Terrible one, the God of might and wrath, a member of the divine Triad [ trimurti], expressive of the destructive process in the cosmos.
Rudra (Sanskrit: à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤°à¤ƒ) ("Howler") is a Rigvedic God of the storm, the hunt, death, Nature and the Wind. Rudra is thought to be an early form of Shiva, the lord of destruction in Hinduism, and a name of Shiva in the Shiva sahasranama.