‘….a pillar of fire appeared between them. It stretched up beyond the dome of the sky and down below the foundations of the earth. And the fire seemed to be burning without any fuel.
Both Brahma and Vishnu decided to look for the ends of this pillar of fire. Brahma took the form of the swan and flew up to find its top. Vishnu took the form of a boar and dug his way down, determined to find its base.’
‘[….] the pillar of fire burst open and out came another god, who looked like a mendicant, smeared with ash and wrapped in animal skins.
The mendicant identified himself, ‘If the formless can be given a form then I am he. I am God, I am Shiva.’
Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire: pendant cum brooch