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Sri Sridhara Swamin at the beginning of his commentary to the Srimadbhagavatam writes an invocation: माधवोमाधवावीशौ सर्वसिद्धिविधायिनौ। वन्दे परस्परात्मानौ परस्परनुतिप्रियौ॥

I bow to Mādhava and Umādhava (Shiva) who are both 'Isha-s' Supreme Lords. They are capable of bestowing all accomplishments (to their devotees). They are both the selves of each other and both love to engage in the stuti of each other.

This idea of Hari-Hara abheda is admitted in the Smarta samparadaya. The smartas of Karnataka and Andhra chant these mantras as part of their daily three-time sandhyavandanam:

शिवाय विष्णुरूपाय शिवरूपाय विष्णवे । शिवस्य हृदयं विष्णुः विष्णोश्च हृदयं शिवः ॥८॥ यथा शिवमयो विष्णुरेवं विष्णुमयः शिवः । यथान्तरं न पश्यामि तथा मे स्वस्तिरायुषि ॥९॥ यथान्तरं न भेदाः स्युः शिवकेशवयोस्तथा ।[Skandopaniṣat]

[(obeisance to Śiva who is of the form of Viḷṣṇu, and to Viṣṇu of the form of Śiva. Śiva's heart (self) is Viṣṇu and Viṣṇu's self is Śiva. Just as Viṣṇu is fully verily Śiva, so too Śiva is fully verily Viṣṇu. As I do not see any difference between them, let me be prosperous and long-lived. Let there be no difference between Śiva and Keśava.

Is the above concept admissible in vaishnavism?

  • Vaishnavas also don't see a difference between Shiva and Vishnu but they have a different interpretation of what is equal and non difference. Shiva and Vishnu are definitely selves of each other. It is a wrong thing to say they see difference. – Sarvabhouma Mar 2 '18 at 7:42
  • The Swaminarayan sect is the only Vaishnava sect that accepts Hari-Hara abheda. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Mar 2 '18 at 8:07
  • //hey have a different interpretation of what is equal and non difference// Their interpretation is different from whom ? – v subrahmanian Mar 2 '18 at 8:16
  • You should use @ username to reply to users on comment thread. It is different from Samrtas and Advaitans that Shiva and Vishnu are the selfs of each other and equal. @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Keshav gave direct quotes of Swami Sahajananda in his answer to your question about Swami Narayana sect. – Sarvabhouma Mar 2 '18 at 9:32
  • @Sarvabhouma Well Sahajananda Swami clearly says Narayana and Shiva are one and the same God of the Vedas. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Mar 2 '18 at 9:46

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