"Parameshwara" Sanskrit transliteration "Parameśvara" means the Supreme God. Parameśvara is transliterated from the Sanskrit Word, ईश्वर (Pronunciation: īśhvára). It refers to the sole deity in monotheism. The word "Param" meaning the highest is added to Ishvara to intensify the title of God.
"Parameshvara" is a compound word formed by joining three words Param + Ish + Vara. 'Param' means 'Supreme'. 'Ish' (Isha) means 'The Ruler, Master or Owner'. 'Vara' means 'The Best, The Noblest or The Excellent'. Thus Parameshvara literally means 'Excellent Supreme Ruler or Master'. Similarly, the word Maheshvara (Maha + Ishvara) means 'The Great Master or The Excellent Ruler'. Similarly, Lord Shiva is also called 'Mahesha' (Maha + Isha) which also means 'The Great Lord or Master'. In Shaivism all these words are synonymous to "Lord Shiva". Lord Shiva is revered as "Parameshvara Mahadeva" and "Vishveshvara Mahadeva" in Shaivism Scriptures.
Same as Absolute Reality or Absolute Truth (See Para Brahman). The term Parameshvara (Supreme Lord) is used specifically indicate The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is also the “Supreme Controller”. And yet it is common that in many Vedic Scriptures the term Ishvara is used as a short form for Parameshvara. According to Shaiva Puranas and Siddhantas, Lord Shiva is Parameshvara. Also note that the term Maheshvara is also used as a synonym to denote "Lord Shiva".
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