I have written quite a few articles on the total identities of Gods in Hinduism.
None is higher than or lower than the other.
In fact, worship of personal Gods is not the message of the Vedas.
The Reality is a Principle.
It is called Brahman
It is beyond Attributes.
It is called Nirguna.
Yet, worship of Gods is followed in Hinduism.
Hinduism understands the limitations of the human mind.
One can not concentrate on Nothing.
The mind needs an Icon.
This Icon varies according to one’s disposition,Swabhava.
One likes Mother and he worships God as Mother.
In a lighter vein, why should Gods be Human beings?
Because we are human beings,we imagine Gods to be Super Human beins.
If a dog were to think of God,it would envision a Super Dog!
So the worship of Gods is to facilitate concentration which would help in Self Realization.
For more please read my article Is there God ,Yes and No.
I have written on Shiva Stuthi by Krishna,Krishna Stuthi by Shiva,Mantrarajapadam by Rudra on Narasimha.
Yet people persist on trying to differentiate Shiva and Vishnu.
In one of the articles, I have written that Lord Rama worshiped Shiva at Rameswaram.
I have been receiving a lot of brickbats for this article,asking me to provide proof from Valmiki Ramayana.
I do not normally respond to these type of comments from people who do not check.
Here I make an exception in producing evidence as this blog is considered authentic and used as references in Phd and is being quoted in research papers and Wiki.
I owe them this much.
Lord Rama,while returning to Ayodhya after the war at Sri Lanka by Pushpaka Vimana describes the places he had visited to Sita.
He describes Rameswaram as the place where Shiva showered His Blessings on Him( Rama)
Here is the text and translation from Valmiki Ramayana.
एतत् कुक्षौ समुद्रस्य स्कन्धावारनिवेशनम् || ६-१२३-१९
अत्र पूर्वं महादेवः प्रसादमकरोत्प्रभुः |
19. etat = this; (is the island); kukShau = located in the middle; samudrasya = of the ocean; skandhaavaara niveshanam = where my troops were stationed; atra = at this place; puurvam = formerly; prabhuH = the Lord; mahaadevaH = Shiva (the supreme deity); akarot = bestowed; prasaadam = his grace; (on me).
“See this island, located in the middle of the ocean, where my troops were stationed. At this place, the lord Shiva (the supreme deity) formerly bestowed his grace on me.”
Valmiki Ramayana,Yuddha Kanda,Sarga 123,Sloka 19.