Itihāsa(Itihasa) is also one of the Aṣṭottarasahasranāma (Ashtottarasahasranama; Thousand and eight names) of Śiva (Siva). Itihāsa refers to the legends or tradition and events of the ancient times, which chronologically or through certain tracks of legacy, come down to us and become accessible to the future generations. God is the Ruler and Controller of Kāla (Kala; Time). In that sense, he is also the Supreme One who controls all the events that have taken place in history. In our country, all these cultural and social aspects of tradition, along with creeds, acts and lifestyle practiced by people, have been woven into the description of Śruti (Sruti; the Oral Literature, especially the Vedic texts) and Mahākavya (Mahakavya; Epic) and Purāṇa (Purana; Mythological Scriptures). This itihāsa, narrated through kāvya is also conceptualised as the manifestation of Mahādeva (Mahadeva). God Śiva is the source and witness of all that happens in human history, whether recorded or unrecorded. So he is also known as Itihāsa.