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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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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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What is the difference between Sada-Shiva (सदाशिव) & Maha-Sada-Shiva (महासदाशिव)? And which scriptures discuss their iconography? [duplicate]

God Sada-Shiva (सदाशिव) is depicted as a five-faced deity, with 10 hands and 15 eyes. As per Kamikagama he must be of white color, as shown below - Sadashiva (सदाशिव) While God Maha-Sada-Shiva (महा...
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Mahatmya of the five shiva temples of Ceylon

In Ceylon, there are 5 main shiva shrines collectively called the pancheswaram. They are Naguleswaram, Thiruketheeswaram, Munneswaram, Thondeswaram and Koneswaram. It seems these places are among the ...
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Is the udasi sampraday vaishnavs or shaivites or other?

The udasi sampraday is founded by Sri Chandra Baba the son of guru nanak and is linked to the four kumaras parampara. They worships 5 devatas: ganesh, surya, shiva, shakti and vishnu. I know they ...
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Did Appayya Dikshita accept the Nayanars?

Did Appayya Dikshita accept the Nayanars ? Adi Shankaracharya did accept Kannappa Nayanar. But What about Appayya Dikshita?
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What is kedar-kalpa?

Here it says - The Kedar-Kalpa is a relatively little-known Shaiva text; What is the origin or source of this text, and what all information is available about it? Any extant manuscript? Is it some ...
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Is Vishnu called internally or externally Tamasic in Suta Gita and Shiva Dharmottara Purana?

As you may know Shiv Puran says Vishnu Bhagvan and Laxmi Mata are only externally Saatvik looking but their true nature is Taamsik (Here). Skand Puran also says Vaishnav Purans are Taamsik and should ...
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What exactly is Nada, Bindu and Kala?

I have come across the term Nada, Bindu and Kala etc many times and they seem to be talking about various different concepts sometimes personal and sometimes cosmic. In one explanation Bindu is ...
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How factually correct is the verse translation and order given in Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra to the original Sanskrit version?

For any slow people, reading this quesiton, first of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. It is asking whether the order of the methods are same and ...
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How authentic is Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra? [closed]

First of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. Osho has translated(?) and delivered a set of lengthy discourses on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra which is ...
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What is the position and role of Lord Vishnu in Kasmiri Shaivism?

Kashmiri Shaivism being an ancient Shaivite religion would have encountered the idea and philosophy of Vishnu amd Vaishnavism. What is the position and role of Lord Vishnu in Kasmiri Shaivism? Also ...
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Who authored Vijnana Bhairav Tantra or what is it's Guru parampara?

Wikipedia says The Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra (VBT, sometimes spelled in a Hindicised way as Vigyan Bhairav Tantra) is a Shaiva Tantra, of the Kaula Trika tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, dated to ca. the ...
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If Siva has five faces, then why Statues of Siva has only one?

Does Siva have five faces (Panchanana)? Is there any scriptural reference? If he has five faces, then why do the statues (Murtis) of Siva have only one face? What happened to the other four faces?
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What is the most important Purana for Saiva denomination?

For Vaishnavas, Bhagavad Purana (Srimad Bhagavat) is the most important Purana. For Saktas, Devi Purana (Srimad Devi Bhagavat) is the most important Purana. What is the most important Purana for the ...
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How can we unite all vedic sampradaya?

In this Kaliyuga there are many types of schools which are based on their believes. These believes may sometimes lead to quarrel. Without hurting their believes how we can live harmoniously?
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What are Sadakhya Tattva, Ishwara Tattva, and Suddha Vidya Tattva?

I was going through a book when I came across these terms- Sadakhya Tattva, Ishvara Tattva, Suddha Vidya Tattva. I'm not sure what they mean. The author didn't explain their meanings. Perhaps some ...
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Are Vaishnavas & Smartas completely uninformed about third eye awakening?

Supernatural powers are mainly found in Shaiv & Shaakt scriptures and I don't think a single Vaishnav guru or Shankaracharya has third eye powers. Is third eye completely missing from Vaishnav &...
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Ashta Bhairavas. Their mantras and why they were created with scriptural references

Please provide English translation and transliteration
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For Lay Followers can you give beautiful verses which shows greatness of lord shiva in ishwara and shiva gita . English translation &transliteration

Verses which denotes power, universal form, beauty, greatness and might of shiva
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Which out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older?

Which one out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older? I've heard that Shaktism is essentially derived from Shaivism but am not sure how much of that is correct because Shaktism as far as I know has Shakti ...
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What are some Shaivacharyas's commentry on Brahmasutras? What does it Proclaim?

I am wondering that if Just as Vaishnavacharyas have written various commentaries on Brahmasutras, or Shaivacharyas also have also written their own commentaries on Brahmasutras, Vedas, Gita and ...
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Reading Shiva and Skanda Puranas (Shaivite) leads to condemnation to hell? See the screenshot

It's from the 3rd Volume of The History and Culture of the Indian People.
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Method/ philosophy to attain moksha, concept of Brahman in the Shaiva Agamas, and link to Vedas

Please read the main 3 questions, additional are secondary questions. The Shaiva Agamas, 28 in number, having 204 supporting Upagamas, are said to be revealed by the five faces of Rudra Bhagavan ...
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Which Shaiva / Shaivite sect was started by or joined by Vishnu & Brahma?

According to Skanda Purana 1.3b.16 this happened after Shiva commanded his 2 creations - Vishnu & Brahma - to worship him as per the Agamas:- Viṣṇu and Brahmā wore matted hair and applied sacred ...
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Vishnu & Brahma worshiped Shiva in which cremation grounds (Shamshan Ghat) for 16000 years?

Shiva's supremacy was established after the Fiery Linga incident and he commanded Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas. They did so for sixteen thousand years. Skanda Purana 1.3b.16.62 :...
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Is ‘Vayu Purāṇa’ a synonym for the Shiva Purāṇa and what is the reason for it having two names?

The Matsya Purāṇa, while enlisting the 18 mahapuranas says the following with reference to the fourth one, also known as the Shri Shiva Purāṇa With reference to the Śvetakalpa, the dharma which Vayu ...
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Which Aghori practices are different from Kapalika (Skull-Bearer) practices?

The legendary Kapalika sadhus, mentioned in Shaiva scriptures (including Puranas) were known for their rituals which took place with skulls and bones involved. Human dead body meat, blood, sacrifice ...
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Have sects like Kaulas, Nath, Aghoris and Kamakhya got skull/bone mantras and rituals from the Kapalikas?

Or did their skull/bone mantras and skull/bone rituals originate on their own?
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What is the story of the "Shaiva Itihasa" or Shiva Rahasya Itihasa?

The Shaiva Linga Mahapurana mentions the Shaiva Itihasa in Chapter 1.26 For the propitiation of eighteen Puranas beginning with Brahma, for the propitiation of eighteen Upapuranas beginning with ...
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What are the different types of vighnas discussed in our puranas?

What are the different types of vighnas (obstacles) discussed in our puranas from which lord Vighneshwara will protect us if we worship him?
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Is the story of Kapalikas (skull-bearers) killing Krishna, Narasimha etc. found in sacred scripture?

From New World Encyclopedia - A mythological origin for the Kapalikas is given in the Goraksa-siddhanta-samgraha, which tells of an occassion upon which the 24 avatars of Vishnu became intoxicated ...
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Are there any shaiva sampradaya/ parampara acharyas?

Are there any parampara/ sampraday in shaivism that give agamic diksha. Just like Chinna Jeeyar Swamy of Sri Ramanujacharya sect in Andhra Pradesh who give vaishnava agamic diksha. Are there any ...
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Aṣṭa-Akṣaram vs Pañca-Akṣaram

What does aṣṭa-akṣaram and pañca-akṣaram mean? I guess it has do something with the Dravida (South-Indian) Vaishnavites and Saivites.
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How do spirits like Pret have sexual intercourse with humans at night?

Do they have similar bodies and body parts? And does this sex cause some physical problem in the human "victim"? How to tell if a spirit is having sex with you?
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Is there a written Aghori/Aghor Shastra or are teachings based purely on guru-shishya transmission?

If there are shastra that are specific to Aghora can you please name it or them? I know Aghoris have their own mantras but I don't know if they are written down and based purely on memory.
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Do the same energies live in Graveyard (Kabristaan) and Cremation Grounds (Shamshaan Ghaat) or are they different?

Like Bhoot, Pret, MASAAN and other beings? What about dead bodies there? Do they have different energies?
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Do some Shaiva sects think that Rudra is different from Shiva?

I have heard from some Shaivas that Shiva is another being from Rudra. They say that Rudra is tamasic whereas Shiva is sattvic. Is this really what some Shaiva scriptures say?
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Does popular worship of Lord Shiva in Northern India comes under any Shaiva sect or is it Advatic/Smartha by nature?

We know Saiva Siddhanta,(a dualistic Shaiva sect) and Veer Shaiva,(another dualistic Shaiva sect) exists in south, I don't think there are any such sects in north India. Except maybe Kashmir Shaivism, ...
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Are there any traditional biographies for Vaishnava Alwars like Periya Puranam is for Shaiva Nayanars?

I am really interested in learning more about Alvars and Nayanars. While Periya Puranam is a traditional biographies of Nayanars(I read about it online). Are there any such biographies about Alwars?
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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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