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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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Are the 3 Acharas and 5 makaras a part of Kashmir Shaivism?

I have been learning about Kashmir Shaivism and it personally looks more philosophical than ritualistic. I have been trying to find the 5 makaras and the 3 Acharas which are a prominent part of Tantra ...
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Which texts narrate about Gopeśvara Mahādeva (Śiva as Gopa) and are there versions of it in non-vaishnava texts?

This website: The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal, describes "Once, deep in meditation on the sacred Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was enraptured by the sweet melodies of Krishna's divine flute. ...
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How many Shiva Sahasranama is there in Mahabharata, Purana, Agama, Tantra?

How many versions of Shiva Sahasranama is there in Mahabharata, Purana, Agama, Tantra ? Send all with exact location...
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Are Vishnu and Shiva the biggest devotees of each other?

Are Vishnu and Shiva biggest devotees of each other? I read online that Shiva is the foremost Vaishnav and Vishnu is the foremost Shaiv, is this true? If yes please quote your source. It would make ...
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Who is The Supreme God according to Bhagavata Purana?

I've heard from others that Sri Narayana is The Supreme Deity according to Bhagavata Puran (Srimad Bhagavatam) since it is a Vaishnava Text. Ironically upon reading it I actually found multiple verses ...
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Does Lord Shiva have any Mace (Gada)? Did Lord Shiva ever fight with mace?

As we know that Narayana has a mace named Kaumadi.. in the same way, does Lord Shiva also have a mace? Does Lord Shiva know mace fighting?
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Why is Shiva bhakti termed as the religion of Monsters in the Vamana purana?

Vaman Purāna 11.15-16,26 says this Does this mean if I devote myself to Shiva with the exclusion of all other devatas, It would make me a demon?
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What are the Vedic Shaiva Agamas being discussed in the following verses of the Shiva Puranas?

The Shiva Purana mentions the following - The Śaiva Āgama is of two varieties: Śrauta (Vedic) and Aśrauta (Unvedic). The Śrauta consists of condensed Vedic texts; the other one consists of ...
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Do Any Puranas or Upanishads mention the 36 tattva system of Shaivism?

Do any Puranas or Upanishads mention the 36 tattva system of Shaivism? Or is the system purely Tantric/Agamic?
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Do any Scriptures mention the Shaivite Ritual of Linga-Dharana?

Do any Vedas, Puranas or Agamas mention the Shaivite ritual of Linga-Dharana?
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Are there any Scriptures that describe Maha-Sadashiva, The 25-headed form of Shiva?

I was wondering. Is this form of Lord Shiva mentioned in any Puranas or Shaiva Agamas?
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Why is a sinner king not punished for his karma by Yama just because he is a devotee of Shiva in Skanda Purana?

So I was reading Skanda purana and there is a part about a sinner king( who later became Canda) who did all sorts of bad things like murder etc but was not punished by Yama just because he is a ...
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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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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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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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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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