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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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How should an uniniated person offer non-veg items to their preferred form of God before consumption?

One of the answers to this question mentions that a devotee who has not conquered their desire for non-vegetarian food items should only consume it after offering to God. 2 and 3 speak of when and how ...
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Shaivism influences on Bhagavad Geeta

Are there editions of the Bhagavad Geeta or inside the Bhagavad Geeta itself are there shlokas which proves to have received influences from Shaivism or Kashmirian Shaivism ancient scriptures?
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Did Basavanna really conduct inter caste marriage?

Some leftists argue that Basavanna was a social reformer and did not see difference in castes. They also argue that Basavanna did not worship temple Gods ,but Veerashaivas argue that these facts are ...
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Which other texts apart from Shri Bhagvad Gita talk about the indestructible nature of human soul/atman?

I was wondering that Hinduism had so many different sects for different deities, was this belief of the soul being indestructible followed by Vaishnavism? also lord Shiva has been called the destroyer ...
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Is there a scriptural source for wearing a single Rudraksha bead tied around the neck?

RudrakShajabala Upanishad Verse 18 त्रिशतं त्वधमं पञ्चशतं मध्यममुच्यते । सहस्रमुत्तमं प्रोक्तमेवं भेदेन धारयेत् ॥ The wearing of three hundred is said to be the lowest; of five hundred ordinary, and ...
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What is meaning of Sarabeswar Gayatri?

All the websites mention the Gayatri, but no source seems to mention the meaning of the names involved in that Gayatri.
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Creation according to Shaivism

Where can I find a detail description of creation of the universe where Shiv is unexpressed and Shakti is the dynamic expression of the universe we experience?
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Are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc., which encouraged sectarian attitude, contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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Akash verses Earth verses

Are there aNY verses present in Yajur or Sama or Atharvana verses on Akasha mainly or earth?, not Rig appreciate your response
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Did Ramakrishna ever follow any Shaiva sadhna?

Ramakrishna followed various paths of Hinduism.I read somewhere that he was born in a Vaishnava family who had Kula Deva as Lord Rama. It is well known that he followed Shaktism by worshipping Kali . ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

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...
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Which of these Bhairava shruti texts / Tantras are lost?

The following is a list from the Shrikanthi Samhita of the 64 Bhairava Tantras and their 8 classifications: Yamalasataka - BrahmayAmala, VishnuyAmala, Rudra-yAmala, Swacanda yAmala, AtharvanayAmala, ...
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the problems with an unchanging Atma in Advaita Vedanta?

The Samkhyas,wich influenced every major Hindu theology,asserted a static cause.a static Cause is logically unfathomable,and if it were the case that a static cause could exist,its effect to would be ...
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kashmir shaivism and bliss leading to samsara

in KS,bliss leads to a creative will to express itself without purpose wich results in the lila of samsara.when you become a jivanmukta or all beings have been liberated and they feel bliss they would ...
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Can I chant mantras without initiation? [duplicate]

I want to meditate on Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. But I have read at many places on the internet that before chanting a mantra one must receive it from a guru. What another option do I have? I ...
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Why is monday considered an important day in Shaivism?

Monday is usually thought of as a holy day dedicated to Shiva. Why is it so? Is there any significane of monday according to our Shastras?
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Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
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Which Shaiva sampradayas do twelve Jyotirlinga adhere to?

The Jyotirlingas are twelve of most holiest tirthas for Shaivas. They are - Somnath in Gir Somnath, Gujarat Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh Mahakaleswar in Ujjain, Madhya ...
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Will Shaivism and Vaishnavism merge, if some one proves Vishnu and Siva to be the same? [closed]

I do not know much about whether there are any other fundamental differences between these two sects. The only difference I know is that the Vaishnavites believe Vishnu alone as their primary deity (...
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Sectarianism within Hinduism

To what extent are Hindus sectarian? For example, do most Hindus belong to a sect, e.g. Shaivism or Vaishnavism? Do they only go to temples within their sect? Does the entire family belong to the ...
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Is Dwarapalaga in Shiva temples is Nataraja?

In certain Shiva temples I have seen Nataraja posture idol as Dwarapalaga at entrace of Shiva linga sannadhi. Is it Nataraja being Dwarapalaga or is it just a posture? What Shaiva agama says about ...
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Is worship of Lord Hanuman associated with Vaishnavism or Shaivism?

Lord Hanuman, as we know is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama (Lord Vishnu's incarnation). But at the same time He is said to be Lord Shiva's incarnation. So is Hanuman worship more associated with ...
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How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra?

How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra, which is from the Narayana Suktam of the Yajur Veda: "Narayanaya vidmahe vasudevaya dhimahi | tanno Vishnuh prachodayat" which ...
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Are there any Shaiva or Shakta refutations that “Narayana” is a proper noun?

According to Panini, Sanskrit grammar says that the "Na" in "Narayana" turns it into a proper noun. A proper noun applies to that specific being unlike a common noun, like Shiva, which can apply to ...
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Which denomination do majority of contemporary Hindus adhere to?

I know more Vaishanvas and Shaivas exist in South India and Shaktas are more prominent in the east,But in North what are the major denominations of Hindus?
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Does Tantrik, avaidik, or agamic animal sacrifice have any scriptural authority?

No one has done a Vedic animal sacrifice for hundreds of years, but the Shakta, Shaiva, and Vamachara traditions, especially in East India, are known to perform lots of avaidik animal sacrifices for ...
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Is there an English translation of the book Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya?

I wanted to learn more about Shiva Ashtotthara Shatanama Stotram. So here was an answer which showed me the source of the stotram. And this answer also referred to Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya written ...
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When did Shaivism start?

In terms of history of India, when did Shaivism appear? I don't mean references to Lord Shiva, I mean Shaivism as a religious entity.
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How do Shaivas view and interpret the Ramayana and Mahabharata?

Do Shaivas accept that Rama and Krishna were incarnations of Vishnu? How do Shaivas view and interpret these Itihasas?
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Which are the 118 worlds as described in Fifteen verses of Wisdom?

One of the verses from Fifteen Verses of Wisdom (bodhapancadasika) by Abhinavagupta, the great master of all aspects of Kashmir Shaivism, is as follows: In this way the Lord, Bhairava, the essence ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean when he says there are 5 gurus in Vaishnava tradition?

In Kularnava Tantra. Chapter 13, Lord Shiva talks about guru and his characteristics. He says following verse : śaive gurutrayaṃ proktaṃ vaiṣṇave guru pañcakaṃ vedaśāstreṣu sataso gururekaṃ ...
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What are the main differences between different subsects of shaivism?

Please explain main differences between major shaivites sub-sects like Pashupata Shaivism, Kashmir Shaivism, Shiva Shiddhanta , Lingayata etc ?
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Shaivism or Shivaism?

What is the correct term to use, Shaivism or Shivaism? I could not find a good source about how the word Shaiva (Saiva, Caiva) appeared and when.
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What are some of the miracles associated with Srikantha Sivacharya?

Srikantha Sivacharya, aka Nilakantha Sivacharya, was a famous Shaivite acharya belonging to the Shrauta Shaiva Siddhanta sect. He's considered as an incarnation of Nilallohita among his followers. So ...
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What is the difference between Veerashaivism and Lingayatism?

Lingayats and Veerashaivites are often considered the same Shaivite sect. However, there are many who consider them distinct to each other. What is the difference between the two?
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What are different symbolic representations behind lingam?

I know shiva lingam is call Mark of God, some shiva lingams are phallic symbols mainly in tantric traditions, some represent brahmand, I want to know what different scriptures say about different ...
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Were there any schools of Shaiva, Shakti, or Tantric philosophy that advocated human sacrifice?

Were there any schools of Shaiva, Shakti, or Tantric philosophy that advocated human sacrifice? If so, what were their arguments?
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What Shakta-like Shaivite sect did Adi Shankaracharya defeat in a debate?

This excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, the traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya, describes the beginning of Adi Shankaracharya's tour of India: Now Acharya Shankara, along with ...
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What are the prerequisites to get initiated in Shaiva or Shakta Agamas?

I wanted to know the qualifications or qualities one should possess to get initiation in Shiva or Shakta agamas?
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Why do some Advaitins wear an Urdhva Pundra made of ash?

Originally, most Advaitins had Vishnu as their Ishta Devata, but nowadays most Advaitins have Shiva as their Ishta Devata. Kanchi Mahaperiava, the former Shankaracharya of the Kanchipuram, explains ...
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Who are the parents of Indra and Brahma mentioned by Basava?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here) ...
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Does Basavanna reject the Vedas outrightly in any of his works?

Basavanna was a 12th century philosopher, a Kannada social reformer and a renowned Shaivite. He is said to be an incarnation of Nandikeshwar by his followers. Basavanna is said to have found the ...
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Can Vaishnavas join the Natha Sampradaya?

According to Wikipedia, Natha Sampradaya is a subsect within Shaivism. However, I recently found an adherent of this Sampradaya who claims to be a devotee of Lord Krishna. Now, how is it possible ...
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What was Shankara's stand on Bhairava Agamas?

It is a well-known fact that Shankara rejected both Vaishnava and Shaivite Agamas. However, I got to know from a friend that the philosophy of Bhairava Agamas were similar to Shankara's Advaita ...
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Which Shaivite sects are dualistic?

Most Shaivite sects are Advaitin whereas some Shaivites, especially Acharya Srikantha's followers in South India follow Vishistadvaita. Are there any Shaivite sects that are dualistic?
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Is Srikantha regarded as an incarnation?

Srikantha was a famous Shaivite acharya from South India of the eleventh century who propounded the Shiva Advaita philosophy which is very similar to Ramanujacharya's Vishistadvaita philosophy. Is ...
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Who are the nAthas of nAth sampradAya?

One of the largest group of Hindu ascetics is the Nath (or Natha) sampradaya. Who are the Naths? Who were the famous 9 Naths? What is their core ideology? What sect of Shaivism do they belong to?
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What are the arguments given by non Sri Vaishnava schools that the Pancharatra Agamas are non-Vedic?

Please give arguments from any school. Please also cite from scholarly works.
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What are the arguments given by some scholars that the Vishnu Puranas are Tamasic?

Some scholars think that the Vishnu Puranas are actually tamasic, but what are their arguments for this?
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What are the major schools of Kashmir Shaivism?

One of the nondual Agamic traditions is the Kashmir Shaiva agama. What are the major schools of this tradition?