Rudra was mentioned in the Vedas. In the subsequent literature like Shiva purana, Shiva/Rudra was described as Supreme God.

Are there are any verses in the Vedas which declare Lord Shiva/Rudra to be supreme?

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    Are you asking a question or making a statement? Instead of asking 'Who is supreme? (which can lead to opinion-based answers), you can change the title/content to the following: Are Shiva and Vishnu both considered supreme according to the Vedas? Aug 16, 2019 at 21:16
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    This is now a duplicate of already existing question Do any Vedic verses depict Vishnu as supreme and also How were the trimurti born. They both cover origin of Rudra and Vishnu as well as verses which show Vishnu and Rudra to be supreme. This question still produces debates or half hearted answers without giving proper info why both Rudra and Vishnu are supreme and answers would be based on opinion. So leaving closed. Aug 17, 2019 at 17:45
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    @aniketkumarsingh No, if you want to ask a question on a completely different topic you should post a new question, not edit the existing one. Aug 20, 2019 at 13:04
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    @KeshavSrinivasan 'What god(s) the Vedas declare is a subject that different sects of Hinduism disagree about' - this isn't a valid reason for closure. The question isn't asking 'Which god(s) Vedas declare to be supreme?' it's only asking 'Do Vedas support the position taken by some that either Vishnu or Shiva or both are supreme?' This is no different from asking if a certain BG verse is interpreted certain way by anyone. It really does not matter there are 100's of competing interpretations of BG. We don't close all BG questions because different sects have different interpretations of BG. Aug 20, 2019 at 15:45
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    "I’m talking about the ensuing answers and comments and the like" - this is not a valid reason to disallow questions on Shiva or Vishnu. If users start engaging is such behavior OP is not to be blamed for their questions. This is where mods need to step in and warn users from posting such comments or answers. @KeshavSrinivasan Aug 20, 2019 at 19:51

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Rig Veda 2.33 was dedicated to Rudra.

Rig veda 2.33.9 states that Rudra is sovereign of the world.

सथिरेभिरङगैः पुरुरूप उग्रो बभ्रुः शुक्रेभिः पिपिशेहिरण्यैः | ईशानादस्य भुवनस्य भूरेर्न वा उ योषद रुद्रादसुर्यम ||

With firm limbs, multiform, the strong, the tawny adorns himself with bright gold decorations: The strength of Godhead ne’er departs from Rudra, him who is Sovran (sovereign) of this world, the mighty.


A verse of Śrī Rudram from Yajurveda speaks of Rudra as Lord of the Universe:

जगताम् पतये नमः । jagatăm pataye namaha ।

  • This is a duplicate of existing question with almost same title and body. Please try to answer original questions. Aug 29, 2019 at 11:11
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    @Sarvabhouma: The question was put on hold , later closed, and finally reopened by moderators. Otherwise, I could not have posted my answer. Aug 29, 2019 at 11:30
  • Yeah, this is still a duplicate of existing question Which Vedic verses depict Lord Shiva/Rudra as the Brahman?. You can't delete your answer now because the answer is accepted. From now on, please check if the question is a duplicate or not. Aug 29, 2019 at 11:32
  • OK. Thanks @Sarvabhouma Aug 29, 2019 at 11:39