From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kāmeśvara literally means ‘lord of desires’.

Origin of the Word Kāmeśvara[edit]

‘Ka’ is the first consonant of Sanskrit alphabets. "K" represents him along with his Śakti or spouse represented by "A". ‘Kāma’ in the word ‘Kāmeśvara’ suggests the cosmic urge to find an expression outside.

Significance of Kāmeśvara[edit]

Kāmeśvara is one of the several forms of śiva. He is the male counterpart or spouse of Kāmeśvarī, the goddess especial in the ritualistic worship of the Śrīcakra.

Attributes of Kāmeśvara[edit]

  • He stands for this phenomenal world as the presiding deity.
  • He is also the principle governing our consciousness.
  • He especially governs our kāma or desires.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore