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Shaivism is one of the six major sects of Hinduism, which reveres Lord Shiva as the Supreme Being. Shaivism holds that Shiva is the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that is.

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On The "Heterodox" Sampradayas

Namaskarah!🙏 Regarding Shaivism, as far as I'm aware with the resources I've, the philosophy of mainstream Shaivite sampradayas such as Vira Shaivism, Shaiva Siddantha, Pasupatha Shaivism, Kashmiri ...
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Can Lord Shiva kill anyone who is immortal ? Or can Lord Shiva break any boons given by other Devatas?

Can Lord Shiva kill anyone who is immortal ? Or can Lord Shiva break any boons given by other Devatas ?
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Where did Lord Basavanna say this in his works

Where did Lord Basavanna says this and what does it mean : I will pour insects in the mouth of one who identifies, Hari (Vishnu) with Hara (Siva) Hari has ten births and death, Brahma has countless ...
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Who are Ananta, Siddhesvara, Ekarudra and Srikantha?

In this chapter of Agni Purana, it mentioned the four deities, Ananta Ekarudra, Siddheshvara and Srikantha. After having worshipped duly the limbs, one has to worship the subtle Ananta. One should ...
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Form of Shiva to visualise during chanting

I am searching for references to understand iconography of lord Shiva that we can visualise during om Namah Shivaya chanting.
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Is there any relation between Bhairava (as Himself, not as Shiva) and Krishna/Vishnu? If so can someone please elaborate?

I have heard of the relation between different gods, however in the pantheon of Bhairavas, the association is mostly to do closely with manifestations of Shakti. Therefore it would be interesting to ...
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Is Shiva a Yogi, who became Shiva by Yoga?

Who is Shiva ? Was he a normal human like us who became a Yogi just by Sadhana?
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Have Śaivācāryas defeated Vaiṣṇavācāryas in debates?

If such things happened state those incidents with proper inscriptional data!!
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Is Śiva a Vaiṣṇava? Does Shastras speak of Viṣṇu being the greatest devotee of Lord Śiva? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether shastras say otherwise ie viṣṇu being the greatest Śaiva. I always see Vaiṣṇava Katha vachakas constantly quoting from Śrīmad Bhagavatam about Śiva being limited to only ...
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List of Shaiva sages mentioned in scriptures

Which Sages are described in the scriptures(Vedas,Upanishads,Puranas) to be Shaivas (Devotees of Shiva)? Please provide a list of Shaiva sages as long as possible.
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Do there (or did there historically) exist Tamil Brahmin communities that are strictly Shaivite (i.e., neither Smarta nor (Sri) Vaishnavite)?

Do/did strictly Shaivite Tamil Brahmin subcastes exist, and if so what is their origin. In the case of such a a Shaivite community that no longer exists, to which groups were they later assimilated to ...
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Is there any pdf of Siva Dharma and Śiva Dharmottara puran available?

Is there any pdf file of both Shiva Dharma Puran and Shiva Dharmottara Puran available ?
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Seeking information about Shaivite sect 'Thirikam' and its Tantra Shastras

I am seeking information about the Shaivite sect 'Thirikam' and its Tantra Shastras, which are 'Malini Vijayotharam', 'Sidhayogeshwarimatham', and 'Tantra Sadhbavam'. Are the shastras available ...
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What are the principal Saiva Tantras?

Saiva Agamaic literature has two divisions. One is Saiva Agamas. These are dualistic in nature. Mostly prevalent in Tamilnadu. Based on it Saiva Siddhanta Darshana was formed. However, apart from ...
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Where are these Lord Shiva stotras and mantras from?

There are many popular songs with these lyrics, the first one seems to be called Namaskaratha Mantra. What is the meaning if Namaskaratha? And where all these stotras and mantras from? Also these ...
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Saivite rasarnava tradition

Does somebody have any idea about this rasarnava tradition as in is it still alive and how can I increase my lifespan using mercury as these guys of this saivite rasarnava tradition did. I want to ...
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What is the most important text of Saiva sect? [closed]

Bhagavad Gita is the key text of the Vaishnavas. Devi Mahatmya (also known as Sri Sri Chandi or Durga Saptashati) is the most important text of the Saktas. Similarly, if we have to peak a single text ...
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What is the difference between Kaal Bhairav ​and Mahakal?

Can someone tell me the difference between Mahakal (Mahakala not Mahakali) and Kaal Bhairav (KalBherav)? Thanks Sorry for my transcription errors, I am Westerner, I don't know Hindi and I don't have ...
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Who is Shree Muneshwara Swamy? What is his story?

There are many temples in South India dedicated to Shri Muneshwara Swamy. On Googling only this much information was found. Lord Muneshwaraan, who is a Hindu God, worshipped as a family deity in most ...
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What is the Difference between Shaiva and Shakta?

Both sects believe in the oneness of Shiva - Shakti as the supreme essence of the vishvam. So what is the difference between the two? Can I have a compare and contrast type answer? Like in what ways ...
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Scriptural references for Jivas getting Moksha in Shiva loka

Are there any Scriptural references which state that Jeevas can Attain Moksha on reaching Shiva loka and not fall back in Samsara?
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Moksha According to Shiva and Vasihnav agamas

I have heard that the Vaishnava and Shaivite Agamas mention that the Jiva is different from the Param Atma and that during moksha, the Jivas main their individual personality. Can anyone provide these ...
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What is the position of Lord Vishnu according to Srikanta Shivacharya?

According to different Shaiva traditions, Lord Vishnu is either a baddha jivatma (transmigratory being) or samashti jivatma (Qualified being), for an example Kashmiri Shaiva Sampradaya gives the ...
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How to practise hinduism? [closed]

How to practise Hinduism for a college student ?or how to practise Hinduism in general?Are there any benefits of it? I am really confused on practising Hinduism? I am so much focused on my studies ...
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Are there sanskrit verses for lingdharanam in shiv puran

Sanskrit verses for lingdharanam
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What are the 28 Śaiva Āgamas?

According to tradition, there are 108 Vaiṣṇava Pāñcarātra texts, 64 Śākta Tantras and 28 Śaiva Āgamas. A few representative Śaiva Āgamas were mentioned in the book "The Hindu Tantric World" ...
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what is the difference between Adi Shakti and Adi Parashakti?

Are Adi Shakti and Adi Para-Shakti synonyms or there's some difference between them as per Shaiva sects and Shakta sects? if so, what is the difference?
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Were Vishnu avatarams liberated by Shakti/Siva?

A page on Quora by the name "Dakshina Kali (দক্ষিণা কালী)" commented Matsya was liberated by Matsyasamharamurti, Varaha by Varahasamharamurti, Narasimha by Sharabha, Vamana by Kankalamurti; ...
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How to get initiated in Shaiva Agamas? What to ask and to whom?

I live in New Delhi. Are there any mutt nearby? Regardless of if there are... (I can travel some distance) then what do I tell them? How do I ask? Do I simply say "I want to learn Shaiva Agamas&...
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Is Śūnyavāda of Liṅgāyata or other Śaiva traditions same as the Śūnyatā in Buddhism?

Śūnyatā usually emphasis on non-existence of Supreme reality, assertion of no-self and that all things are empty and devoid of intrinsic nature (svabhāva). On the other hand, Liṅgāyats are theists and ...
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What is the status of Rudra (and the other trimurti) with respect to Sadashiva?

As per whatever Shaiva philosophy that I have come across, the unborn Parabrahma Shiva/ Sadashiva is different from the manifested Rudra Kailasapati. As stated here, the supreme Purusha shiva is ...
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Rules for keeping a Rudraksha

Recently I happened to visit the Shri Kashi Vishwanatha temple. There the priest gave a single Rudraksha bead. I would like to know about the rules that are required to be followed to keep/ maintain ...
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Does Mahabharata say Shiva Devotees are unaffected by planetary effects?

I've heard that the Mahabharata has a verse where it is said those devoted to Hara need not worry about planetary effects in their lives. Is this true ?
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Shiva Mahatmya in Vaishnava Puranas?

In this question we can see that Vishnu is praised as supereme in Linga Purana which is Shaiva Purana. Is there examples of praising Shiva as supreme in any Vaishnava Puranas or Puranas which are ...
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Are all deities mentioned to be limbs of Lord Shiva?

My interest is in a verse from Mahābhārata. Therein tis stated that, nārāyanasya cāngani sarvadaivāni bhārata "All deities are like limbs of Nārāyana for He is the embodiment of all Devas" ~ ...
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Does this verse of Mahabharata Shanti Parva say that Vayu also alomg with Rudra consumed poison, as some Madhwas claim?

In Shanti Parva, The 16th verse in chapter 329 ब्राह्मणमाहात्म्यमग्निषोमीयात्मकम् of BORI edition अमृतोत्पादने पुरश्चरणतामुपगतस्याङ्गिरसो बृहस्पतेरुपस्पृशतो न प्रसादं गतवत्यः किलापः अथ बृहस्पतिरपां ...
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Are any shaiv acharya commentary of shiva sahastranama available online?

I would like to know if there are any commentary available on the sri shiva Sahasranama by shaiv Acharya? Namaḥ Śivāya 🙏🏻
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What is a good roadmap to learn Shiva Visistadvaita philosophy?

I want to learn about Śrikānth Acharya's Shiva Visistadvaita. What is a good place to start for a beginner? I don't have any background in any philosophy before. Any resources, references and ideas ...
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Differences between Lingayats and Aradhyas?

Lingayat community was founded by Basavanna. What is the history of Aradhyas who are shiva followers too and they too wear lingas. What are the differences between these communities?
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Is there an upasana padhathi for Vaidyanatha swarupam of Lord Shiva?

I want to learn and understand the tantric aspect of the vaidyanatha swaroopam. I am pretty sure that a specific mantra, dhyana, and other angopangas of the mantra should exist for this shaivic ...
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What are the important texts of Shrouta Shaivism?

Srouta Shaiv Siddhant or Shrouta Shaivism is an Shaiva tradition. One important scripture i am aware is Srikantha's Bhashya on Brahmasutra (?) What are the important scriptures of Shrouta Shaivism ...
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Why should the Yoni (Potruding part of Shiva Lingam) always face North?

I've noticed and understood that, wherever the Shiva Lingam is, the Yoni of the Shiva Lingam should always face North? I have two Questions: I've seen certain temples in India where Shiva lingas are ...
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What is Srikantha's Visisthadvait Philosophy?

Does any one know what Siva Visishtadvaita (Shrouta Shaiva Siddhanta) philosophy by Srikantha Acharya is all about? I know what is advaita philosophies but not this one.
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Are there any commentaries on the Shiva Purana by any Shaiva acharya?

I'd like to read Shiva Purana with commentaries. Is there any commentary by any Shaivacharya available for it?
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Kamakshi Ambal having in her hands

Above is an image of Kamakshi Ambal. I've searched many places on the objects that she's holding in her arms. While searching, I found many other deities also having the similar/same objects in their ...
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Could I learn more about the flying Shiva with wings?

I had a vision of such a Shiva. I've read about Sharabha. How do Hindus respect Sharabha?
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From where can I get Shiva Rahasya Purana's English translation?

Also known as just Shiva Rahasya. This great scripture is also considered Shaiva Itihasa and contains Ribhu Gita which was quoted by Ramana Maharshi. I want to know where can I get full english ...
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Shiva Paramya in Sathvik Puranas?

I talked with some Vaishnavas and told them Shiva and Vishnu are the same and I gave examples of many Puranas. But they told me Puranas are classified into sathvik, rajasic and tamasic puranas. And ...
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Does the great goddess - 'the 'wife of Shiva', manifests with different names in different Kalpas?

In the Skanda Purana Verse 7.1.7.25-40, god Shiva recounts the names of previous births of goddess Parvati across various kalpas, as follows Īśvara said: कल्पेकल्पे महादेवि अवतारं करोषि यत् ॥ तेन ते ...
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As per Shaiva theology are new Vishnu and Brahmâ are born in every Kalpa?

In the Skanda Purāṇa Verse 7.1.9.8, Shiva explains to Parvati thus - अन्यो विष्णुश्च भवति अन्यो ब्रह्मा भवत्यपि । कल्पे कल्पे मया सृष्टः कल्पे विष्णुः प्रजापतिः ॥ ८ ॥ Shiva Said - A new Viṣṇu is ...
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