By Devdutt Pattanaik

Shiva raises the bow Pinaka and destroys the three worlds with a single arrow. This is why Shiva is called Tripurantaka or destroyer of three cities. The cities were said to belong to demons and could fly leading to speculation that this is the story of flying saucers and alien invasions. This story is also an allegory.

Three worlds = objective, subjective,and the rest

Arrow = yoga

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By Devdutt Pattanaik