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Was Adi Shankaracharya a Shaiva or a Vaishnava? What were his views on Shiva and Vishnu?

Adi Shankaracharya taught Advaita philosophy. What was his belief on how one should see Shiva and Vishnu? Was he a Shaiva or a Vaishnava? Are Shiva and Vishnu same as per Him?
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Is it true that Lord Shiva's description is different in Vedas?

The description of Lord shiva is holder of Trishul and damaru, holder of pinaka bow, Ganga flowing from his head, having a moon on head, having snake in his neck,having 3 eyes,having body covered by ...
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What exactly is a leela (लीला)? Is there a scriptural definition of leela (लीला)?

When people cannot logically explain certain actions of Gods, their incarnations, Saints, Ṛṣis etc., they often use the term leela which is sometimes spelled as līlā and lIlA. I think the word ...
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What is the Yogic meaning of getting liberation by reaching Varanasi?

Varanasi which is also known by the name Kashi is one of the the most sacred place. It is also known as Avimukta which means which is never forsaken by Shiva. अविमुक्तं स्वयं लिङ्गं स्थापितं परमा...
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Why did Lord Shiva take 44 avatars if his primary role is to be the destroyer?

Lord Maha Vishnu is the protector of whole universe and he said that he will take avatars whenever there is degradation of righteousness on this planet. Famous dashavatars are the avatars of Lord ...
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Which Vedic verses depict Lord Shiva/Rudra as the Brahman?

I need any verses from sruti literature that is Vedas, Upanishad, Brahmanas etc to get answer.
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Is it true Mahamrityunjaya mantra is not dedicated to Lord Shiva?

I have found a lot of guys claiming over here, Maha Mrtyunjay Mantra is not dedicated to Lord Shiva. Is it true? I mean, are there any evidences from scriptures which clearly say the Mantra is for ...
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Which mantras should be recited to properly worship Lord Rudra?

Apart from Gayatri mantra ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥ Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥ and Rudram- Chamakam and Namakam. Are ...
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How do Vaishnavas interpret the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra?

Vaishnavas believe that only Lord Vishnu can grant Moksha. If that is the case, then how do they explain this mantra from the Rig Veda which clearly says that Lord Shiva can grant Moksha? Om ...
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Why is Lord Shiva called Soma?

Sri Rudram hymn of YajurVeda is one of the most popular hymn from the Vedas. 8th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram has a special significance because of the revelation of the Panchakshari Mantra “Namaha Shivaya”. ...
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What is the meaning of the word "Rudra"?

Rudra means king Dayananda Saraswati has translated Rudra to mean king in the Sri Rudram (Yajurveda Chapter 16) Does Yajurveda tells about Shiva having the qualities of a king? What is the meaning of ...
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"Sarva Dharman Parityejya Mamekam Sharanam Vraja..." in Shiva Gita?

One of the most important verse of Bhagvad Gita is the 66th verse of 18th Chapter where Lord states as: सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज | अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच: || 66||...
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How to perform Pashupat Vrata as per Vedas?

Pashupat Vrata is intended for the release of bondage and thus liberation. The Srutis like Atharvasiras Upanishad state in single line about how to perform Pasupat Vrata which I also discuss here: ...
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Pashupatvrat - Did all deities perform it? How to perform it? Any Pros and Cons?

Pashupatvrat - Did all deities perform it? If I want to perform it how to perform it? Any Pros and Cons? Any procedure? Thank you in advance for legit scripture-based answer.
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How is the name Shiva connected with the ruling aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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