The most fundamental of Hindu deities, is the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - popular deities include Ganesha, Krishna, Hanuman and goddesses like Lakshmi, Durga,Saraswati.
After teaching the essence of Yoga, Shiva renounced the world. He detached himself from everything, even his body. Shiva walked out of society with a strip of tiger skin wrapped around his loins. He wandered in cremation grounds amidst the burning pyres. Smearing his body with ash, bhasma, he became Bhasmeshvar, the lord of ash.