There are many misconceptions that Lord Shiva is Tamasic God and scriptures of Him are Tamasic Scriptures. Some people even suggest not to read His stories as they are ostensibly believed to be tamasic puranas. This concept of Tamasic Puranas can be refuted.

Shiva Purana clarifies this by saying Rudra as Taamasic outside but Satvic inside.

परं ब्रह्माद्वयो नित्योऽनन्तः पूर्णो निरञ्जनः।
अन्तस्तमो वहिःसत्त्वस्त्रिजगत्पालको हरिः।। ५९॥
अन्तः सत्त्वस्तमोबाह्यस्त्रिजगल्लयकृद्धरः।। ६० ।।

I am the Supreme Brahman the eternal one, endless, perfect, complete and spotless. Visnu, the protector of the three worlds, has tamas inside, but Sattva outside. Hara who causes dissolution of three worlds has sattva within, but tamas outside.

अन्तर्बहिरजश्चैव त्रिजगत्सृष्टिकृद्विधिः।
एवं गुणास्त्रिदेवेषु गुणभिन्नः शिवः स्मृतः।। ६१।।

Brahmā on the other hand having rajoguna inside as well outside, creates the three worlds. Thus all the three gods have their respective qualities while Siva is different from all the gunas.

But those people say this could be an interpolation. Indeed there are many contradictory statements in Smriti (in all Puranas). Words of Shruti are considered as ultimate Truths. When Smriti contradict each other, people resort to Sruti to know the truth.

So, do Vedas or Shruti describe Shiva or Rudra with gunas other than Tamas?


Taittariya Samhita of YajurVeda in 4.5.2 salutes Lord Shiva by stating him to be the Lord of Satwas. It is also a portion of Sri Rudram. It is also stated in Vajasenai Samhita in 16.20.These words are infallible and they were heard by Brahma during deep meditation. So Lord Brahma himself is the Rishi of these mantras.

नमः कृत्स्नवीताय धावते सत्वनां पतये नमः । Nama Kritsnavitaya Dhavate Satwanaam Pataya Namaha :

कृत्स्नवीताय - Pervading in all worlds,
धावते- One who runs (in order to save devotees),
सत्वनां पतये - to the lord of the Satwas (virtuous quality),
नमः- prostration.

Whole meaning is as:

Salutations to the all pervading who runs (to protect the devotees), and Salutations to him(Lord Shiva) who is Lord of Satwas.

As above explained;

सत्वनां पतये नमः (Sattwanam Pataya Namaha) means Prostration to the lord of the Satwas (virtuous quality).

Hence there is no meaning of citing the other Verses to show Lord Shiva as Tamasic. As the Samhitas directly declare him to be the 'Lord of Satwas'. Other statements simply can be dismissed as overriding power of Shrutis, or interpolations. Or they may have been used to represent a specific form of Lord Shiva only and not in General.


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