I found a verse in shatpath brahman:-

“Pragâpati said to him [Rudra], 'My boy, why do you cry, when you are born out of labor and trouble?' He said, 'Nay, but I am not freed from sin; I have no name given me: give me a name!' Hence one should give a name to the boy that is born, for thereby one frees him from evil;--even a second, even a third (name), for thereby one frees him from evil time after time” - (Satapatah Brahmana 6:1:3:9)

Is Shiva sinful?

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    According to the Shvetasvatara upanishad, Rudra/Shiva is brahman/Ishwara. So Shiva is free from sin. As for your particular quotation, it looks like an allegory/arthavAda to show the importance of giving a name to a new born.
    – user16581
    Dec 26, 2019 at 4:48
  • Sri Rudram from the Yajurveda says - yā te rudra śivā tanūraghorā'pāpakāśinī, tayā nastanuvā śantamayā giriśaṁtābhicākaśīhi. Rudra! That blessed and benign form of Thine, which obliterates the trace of all sins—.... If Rudra/Shiva's form can remove all sins, then Rudra/Shiva himself must be free from sin.
    – user16581
    Dec 26, 2019 at 5:09
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    @iwill Could you please convert your comments into an answer?
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Dec 26, 2019 at 5:33
  • @Iwillcloseyourquestion: I think in this brAhmana, it was stated in esoteric sense, with Agni himself Prajapati and Kumara Dec 26, 2019 at 5:42
  • @Iwillcloseyourquestion That's okay. You can update your answer later.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:44


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