Questions tagged [shiva]

Shiva (The auspicious one) is the "Destroyer" among the Trimurti. He is considered as supreme Brahman according to Shaivism. Use this tag to ask questions that concern about Shiva in any of his forms

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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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Who is god Kala and who was the king released by Lord Shiva from god Kala?

In Skanda Purana Kedara Khanda Chapter 1, There is a mention of a god named Kala who was burnt down and thereafter a king was released. 16-18. Blessed are they, noble-souled are they, who always ...
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Are any descriptions of Rudra's aspect?

Are any descriptions of Rudra's aspect ? If yes, where we can find them?
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Did the demon Hiranyaksha receive Andhaka from Lord Shiva?

If Hiranyaksha received Andhaka from Lord Shiva, does that mean Shiva and Parvati were already married long before Lord Vishnu's Varaha Avatar where Hiranyaksha was killed?
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Help translating this stotram

At the end of Dakshinamurty Stotram is written : Angushtha Tarjanee Yoga Mudraa Vyaajena Dehinaam Shrutyartham Brahma Jeevaikyam Darshayanno Vataat Shivaha (...) Mounavyaakhyaa prakatita para brahma ...
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Which is the actual abode of Shiva-Parvati: Manimahesh Kailash in Himachal Pradesh or Mount Kailash in Tibet?

This is what I am referring to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manimahesh_Kailash_Peak
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Actual references in scriptures which says Lord Shiva consumes cannabis? [duplicate]

Since we know that Lord Shiva exists in many different forms and worshiped through various forms throughout history, I've heard quite a few stories from people where they say, Lord Shiva consumes ...
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Bhagvata Purana contradicts the fact that Lord Shiva is unborn

Bhagvata Purana Canto 3 chapter 12 describes the birth of Lord Rudra. Brahma gives him many names: (Brahma said) The following are your names: Manyu, Manu, Mahinasa, Mahan, Shiva, Ritudhvaja, Ugra-...
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Are there any events when Lord Shiva tested his devotees?

I know that Lord Shiva tests his devotees' devotion towards him, but I would like to know the references in any Hindu texts that confirm this.
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Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? [closed]

Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? I got this random thought whilst reciting Shiva Chalisa...I want to do something different that ...
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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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Who is an “Adhishtathri”?

I have heard that Lord Shiva made Mother Parvati the “adhishtathri” of tantra sidhdhi. I have also heard ISKCON Acharyas saying that Mother Parvati is the “adhistathri” of maya. I would like an answer ...
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Drona pleasing Lord Shiva

I heard this description of Drona: He that pleased Lord Shiva using a shower of arrows Is this true?Please give scriptural references.
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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 Parvati closing the eyes of Shiva?

There is a story in our scriptures where Goddess Parvati closes the eyes of Lord Shiva and the entire Universe went dark due to it. Lord Shiva has been described as Tryambakam (one with three eyes) in ...
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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 is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...
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Exact difference between Rudras and Ksetrajnas

Ksemaraja, a disciple of Abhinavagupta, opens the commentary on the Shiva Sutras with this statement: I surrender my body and mind to that supreme God consciousness of Siva, who is the whole universe ...
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Is listening to music bad for moksha?

Many people listen to music,this is a fact,Carnatic Music being one among them. A spiritual aspirant is advised to shun all sense pleasing actions. Since listening to music that he/she likes,...
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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...
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Can someone please list some Linga shaped mountains/hills? What are their stories?

To give an example, here are 2 Linga peaks - Kailash (which is associated as abode of Lord Shiva) and the birthplace of Hanumanji, Anjaneri How many more mountains and hills have this kind of shape ...
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Why are only temples of Lord Shiva open,even during eclipse?

The following sentence was seen in Quora(If the reader wants,I can give the link) “Only Lord Shiva temples kept open During Solar , moon Eclipse, beacause nothing can effect lord Shiva , beacause lord ...
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What is the story about origin of the chandaal or dom caste? [duplicate]

In the below video a dom caste man is saying that they were once brahmins by caste but were made untouchable by a curse of Lord Shiva . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5a4iq2T4xw The same thing is ...
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Who is Yogeshwara? Is it Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva?

I have heard that Lord Shiva is the source of Yoga, the one who taught it to Mother Parvati, and then later on to others, and hence is called Adiyogi. But Wikipedia says that Lord Krishna is ...
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Relation between Riddhi,Siddhi and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of Swami Mukundanand 5:22-5:37 Swamiji says: Lord Shiva said:”I don’t want material things.Kuber,is my servant.Riddhi and Siddhi are my maidservants....... Is the part in bold,true? ...
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Is there any difference between Mantra-Brahmin and other kinds of Brahmin?

The following is from Shiva Purana's Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā (Chapter 17). It is about how Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras can become Brahmins. क्षत्रियः पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रत्वमपनेष्यति । पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण ...
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Why is the Gayatri Mantra so important?Who is Gayatri Devi?What is Her relation with Lord Shiva?

I have seen this question Someone had pointed out a quote of sage Yajnavalkya saying that Gayatri (Mantra) is the mother of the Vedas. a)We know that the Vedas emerged from the four faces of Brahma. b)...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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Lord Shiva and Brahmavadis

From the lecture of HG Anogh Lila Prabhu 3:25-5:01 HG makes mention of Lord Shiva training Brahmavadis in 4 courses.Can someone give a reference to this claim?
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Is Guru tatva and Shiva tatva the same?

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 3:08-3:13 HG says that : Guru tatva and Shiva tatva are the same.Like how the guru aids the student to reach Sri Krishna,so also Lord Shiva aids a devotee to ...
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Maya and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 2:49-3:03 Quoting HG: This tatva(Lord Shiva’s) is unaffected by Maya;it is neither beyond(transcending) Maya,neither is it polluted by Maya,it is pure. ...
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Is Lord Shiva both Creator and Destroyer?

(From the lecture by HG Amogh Lila Prabhu) 1:29-1:58 HG says that “all beings enter the Brahmand through the union of Lord Shiva and Prakirti” (Mother Parvati?). Is this true, can someone elaborate? ...
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Is there any reference to Panch Kedar in Scripture?

I know that Dwadash Jyotirlingas are mentioned in Shiv Puran. What about Panch Kedar? In which scripture importance of these tirthas are mentioned?
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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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Is it possible for a person living in the Kaliyug to perform austerities so as to invoke deities like Lord Brahma or Lord Shiva?

https://www.quora.com/If-I-start-doing-Tapasya-in-this-modern-world-will-lord-Shiva-come-in-front-of-me This is one answer I saw on Quora.
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Explanation of the terms Pinda, Pada, Rüpa and the Rūpātīta

In Ullasa 13 of Kaularnava Tantra, verse 76, Shree Shiva says to Shree Devi one of the characteristics of Guru: पिण्डं पदं तथा रूपं रूपातीतं चतुष्टयम यो वा सम्यग्विजानाति स गुरुः कथितः प्रिये ।। ७६ ।।...
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Are there any mantras similar to the Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra, but dedicated to deities other than Rudra (Śhiva)?

The Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra is one of most famous mantra, said to provide immediate protection to the devotee from death and other problems, and ultimately bestow Moksha to the chanter, if chanted ...
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What's the difference between the Popular, Long and Short versions of the Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra in terms of usage, benefits and theology?

I have come across three variations of Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra. One is the Popular Version, then there is a Long Version and the other is called as the Short Version. Here goes, "Popular Version&...
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If Kundalini awakening is the most potent form of Yoga and requires intense sadhana, what is this ‘westernised version’ being followed by just anyone?

This is rather a confusing stance for me. It’s usually said Kundalini awakening needs proper receptivity and grace, guru initiation is one out of the many necessary methods to reach there and ...
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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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Can some Stuti mantras give siddhis? Do these verses need initiation & Guru Diksha if they start with OM?

Like the famous "Om Jayanti Mangla Kali Bhadra Kali Kapalini" verses. ॐ जयंती मंगला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time? [closed]

Here I am giving unconfirmed sources. In Kurma Purana II.39.56-62, Shiva says Indeed the holy Pasupata vow has been formerly designed by me for the achievement of liberation. It is the greatest of ...
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Is Nandī, the vehicle mount (vāhana) of Śhiva, a Bull or an Ox?

Nandī, the vehicle mount (vāhana) of Śhiva, is commonly referred to as "Nandī baila" (नंदी बैल), in the popular hindi jargon. However, there's a difference between a Bull (सांड) and an Ox ...
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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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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What is the meaning of three-headed Bhairav idols and Shiva Purana 3.8.2?

Shiva Purana 3.8.2 states: Bhairava is the prior form of Siva, the great soul. Fools who are deluded by Śiva’s Māyā do not know about it. Bhairavaḥ pūrṇarūpo hi śaṃkarasya parātmanaḥ | mūḍhāstaṃ vai ...
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Scriptual references for Adi Shankaracharya and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj being Lord Shiva's avatars

I have read about Adi Shankaracharya being incarnation of Lord Shiva, similarly in many articles, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is shown as a Avatar of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the scriptural ...

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