“The howler” or “the roarer,” one of the aspects of Shiva, adored since Vedic times; a name for Shiva in his terrifying aspect; God as the destroyer of what is ephemeral. The transcendental reality is often terrifying for regular people. In the ancient Rig Veda, Rudra is praised as the “mightiest of the mightiest” and ghora (extremely terrifying).