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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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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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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?
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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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What scripture says devotees of other gods eventually become devotees of Vishnu in future births?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). In this ...
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Can Shaivaites or Devotees of Shiva eat meat?

I have seen animals sacrificing for Kali mata. I am not brahmin by birth but had developed interest towards Lord Siva. I read Shiva Purana but there are no references for devotees of Shiva. I have ...
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Can Lingayats be considered as a part of Hinduism?

Lingayatism is considered as a Shaivite sect within Hinduism which worship Linga, founded by Basava. This sects seems to reject everything belonging to Hinduism—like the Varna system, the Vedas, and ...
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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 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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What scriptures describe Sadashiva carrying Vishnu in Vishnu's abode of Paramapadam?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member) places great importance on the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which are mentioned in the poems of the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the meaning of the word "Shiva"?

Is "Shiva" just a name of a God or does the word actually denote something? In other words, what is the real meaning of the word "Shiva" (also spelled as Śiva or शिव)?
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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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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 any commentators of Brahmasūtras other than Ādi Śaṅkarācārya disagree with both Pañcarātra and Śaiva Āgamas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedānta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sūtras, a work by the sage Vyāsa ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What scriptures describe the fifth state called Turiyatita?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they are actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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