there is a famous verse in Srimad Bhagavatam, a "satvika" purana, that says

Just as Ganga among rivers, Achyuta among gods, Shambu among Vaishnavas, This (Bhagavatam) is the same among Puranas.

This obviously means Shambu(Siva) is the greatest Vishnu-devotee, exceeding all other beings such as "nitya suris", humans, devas and so forth.

But there is enormous Vaishnavite literature putting Siva down as a "Tamasic" entity and a mere Jiva subject to Karma and death.

Does Bhagavatam or any other Vaishnavite scripture reconcile these two viewpoints?

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    There is more to it. A prapanna (initiated into SVism) can't denigrate fellow Vaishnavas; he lose the inevitability of Moksha in case he denigrates any fellow Vaishnava... – Mr. Sigma. Feb 26 '20 at 15:29
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    Lord Siva is not tamasic, he rules the entity falling in tamasic guna, by nature all Godly beings are sattvik that is why they are given divine work by God himself.. there is abhmanya devatha for every guna, for tamasic Siva and Durga here one had to note both the forms are for destruction, Durga takes precedence over Siva because of tartamya, Durga is another form of Lakshmi.. – Prasanna R Feb 27 '20 at 6:16
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    I don't think Vaishnavas say Shiva is tamsic. They believe Shiva controls the tama guna. Also Vaishnavas (like Gaudiya) believe Shiva to be almost identical to Vishnu( giving milk to curd example). The only difference, accoding to them, is how Shiva takes part in material nature where Vishnu Himself remain untouched by it even though being Preserver. Personally, I believe both to be same even though I am closer to Vaishnavism. – RishX Mar 2 '20 at 16:43
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    @srimannarayanakv, Rajas is creation/passion, Tamas is destruction/sleep, Satvik is preservation/equanimity. Shiva is the one who destroys, Brahma is the one who creates, Vishnu is the one who preserves. You have it mixed up. – mar Mar 2 '20 at 20:31
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    Why are you 2 users (SK, ram) making me a medium to make a comment on the other :-)? – Srimannarayana K V Mar 3 '20 at 1:33

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