Shiva is known as “The Destroyer” within the Trimurti, which includes Brahma and Vishnu.
In the Shaivite tradition, Shiva is the Supreme Lord who creates, protects, and transforms the universe. Shiva represents the body with life and motion. If the ‘ee’ is removed from Shiva, it gets reduced to sha+va = shava.
Shava means a lifeless body. Shiva is with the potential of life, whereas Shava is lifeless. This brings us to the deeper understanding that Shiva is life, Shiva is potential for life, Shiva is all-encompassing – the universal soul or consciousness. Realizing this Shiva Tattva leads to Ananda or bliss.