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The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says:

अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति है, चार में ब्रह्मा की और दो में देवी तथा हरि की है।’

Which means out of the 18 Mahapuranas there are 10 of Shiva, 4 of Brahma, 2 of Devi and Vishnu each.

Vaishnavas and their Puranas classify 18 Mahapuranas with several dedicated to Vishnu and sometimes they do not consider Shiva Purana at all. So what are the lists of Shaivas? I heard of these:

  1. Linga
  2. Skanda
  3. Shiva Rahasya
  4. Shiva Dharma
  5. Shiva
  6. Maheshwara
  7. Bhairava
  8. Shivadharma
  9. Shivadharmottara
  10. Vamana
  11. Kurma
  12. Vayu

I also know that Dattatreya Purana is very important for some Shaivas. Can you please give some lists in Shaiva or Shakta Puranas, and by these sects?

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Chapter 2 of Sankara Samhita of Skandha Purana lists the name of 10 Shaiva Puranas as:

तत्र शैवानि शैवं च भविष्यश्च द्विजोत्तमा:।

मार्कण्डेयं तथा लैङ्गं वाराहं स्कान्दमेव च ।।

मात्स्यमन्यत्तथा कौर्मे वामनं च मुनीश्वरा:।

ब्रह्माण्डं च दशेमानि त्रीणि लक्षाणि संख्यया।। 31

The Shaiva Puranas are Shiva Purana, Bhavisya Purana, Markandeya Purana, Linga Purana, Varaha Purana, Skandha Purana, Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Vamana Purana and Brahmanda Purana making count of ten.

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  • Thanks for answering!! I'm not sure if Sankara Samhita is actually part of this Puraan though.
    – R. Kaushik
    May 19 at 6:16

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