Lord Shiva has three eyes (Tri- netra- three-eyes). The right eye is the Sun, the left eye is the moon signifying that the source of light we receive on earth and which sustains all life is Shiva. The third eye represents the eye of wisdom which burns away the evil of ignorance. Shiva is almost always depicted with half open eyes. The fully open eyes symbolize creation and the closed eyes represent dissolution of this universe. The half open eyes symbolize the continuous cycle of creation and destruction of the universe.