One of the one thousand names of Śiva (Shiva). Dictionaries define agha as ‘vice’ or ‘sin’. Mahādeva (Mahadeva) lies beyond any epithet signifying demerit such as sin or vice. No imperfection can ever touch him, and therefore he is renowned as anagha. Nīlakaṇṭha (Nilakantha), the annotator, explains Śiva’s appellation of Anagha in the following way: even when Śiva assumed his rudra (enraged) form and wrecked a yajña (yajna), the disgrace of sin could not defile his sovereign pure powerful image. Even though he is noted as one who destroyed a yajña, he is sinless, and hence, he is anagha and receives the epithet of Anagha.