What is the meaning of Deer in Lord Shiva's Hand? In many images of Lord Shiva, you have noticed that his left hand is holding a beautiful deer. The symbolic representation of deer in Lord Shiva hand is that, the God has removed the Chanchalata of the mind. A deer quickly jumps from one place to another. Similarly controlling our mind is very difficult as a thousand thoughts come in to our mind one after another. With great tapas, meditation and yoga – Lord Mahadev removed the Chanchalata of the mind and attained maturity and firmness in thought process.
The Dakshinamurthy aspect represents Shiva as a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom. Lord Mahadeva is also regarded as Adiyogi or Mahayogi - the great Yogi “Maha” means “great”, and “Yogi” means “one who practices Yoga”).