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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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What is the meaning of this verse 2:2:10 of Krishna Yajurveda?

Asavadityo na vy arocata tasmai devah, prayascittim aichan tasma etam. Somaraudram carum nir avapan tenaivasmin rucam adadhus (Krishna Yajurveda 2:2:10) What is the exact meaning of this shloka? ...
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Adi Shankaracharya's Shiva Panchakshara Stotra, Yajna-Svaruupaaya or Yaksha-Svaruupaaya, which is correct?

In the penultimate verse of phalasruthi of Shiva Panchakshara Stotra written by Adi Shankaracharya, Yajñasvarūpāya {Yakṣasvarūpāya} jaṭādharāya pinākahastāya sanātanāya । divyāya devāya digambarāya ...
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Is it right as cannabis addicts addressing themselves as shiv bhakts? [closed]

In India everywhere I see people are addressing themselves as shiv bhakts smoking weed and chillum and all sorts of herbs. Even some of the guys are making songs over it and some even smoke cannabis ...
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What are the etymologies for the word Rudra?

What are the etymologies for the word Rudra? There is a story in the Vedas where Rudra was born crying and then Brahma, his father, said "Don't cry", (mA ruda), so then he got the name "Rudra", or ...
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What is meaning of these terms “root, middle and top” in Shivastotravalli 2.9?

In Shivastotravalli Chapter 2 Hymn 9, Acharya Utpaladeva says: Obeisance to Thee! The total benevolence The root middle and top all in one, The root, The Middle and The top individually, And one ...
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What are the some parvas of Mahabharata mentions about Lord Shiva's deeds?

Does Mahabharata mentions any story or part where he (Shiva) states himself as supreme Lord? And what are the some best conversations between Shiva & Parvati from Mahabharata?
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How rishi markandeya can be the composer of Mahamrityunjay mantra?

If Mahamrityunjay mantra was described in Vedas very before then why it was said that it was composed by rishi markandeya? Does it was added later in the puranas to highlight this mantra?
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Who is Soma in this mantra from Rigveda?

Somah pavate janita matinam janita divo janita prthivyah Janitaghnerjanita suryasya janitendrasya janitota vishnoh (Rigveda 9.96.5). Who was Soma in this shloka? Is it Rudra or someone else?
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What are 3 sins mentioned in Shivastotravalli?

Shivatotravalli is one of the great work of Kashmiri Acharya Sri Utpaladeva. In chapter 2 verse 3 he says: "O Paramatma Deva! Because of being full of bliss "balsamic", because of destroying all 3 ...
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What is the goal of the Shiva Purana?

Each Purana has a particular goal or intention; a primary thing that it tries to convey. Ramanujacharya in the Vedartha Sangraha says: All other Puranas with other aims must be interpreted ...
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Exceptions from adherence to strict rules of mantra chanting

While reading a book "Ancient Science of Mantras" by On Swami, I have come across a chapter called exceptions. According to this book Shiva at one occasion found a devotee wrongly chanting the Maha ...
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Which form of Shiva is in attached picture?

Which form of Shiva is it in this picture? Why did he took this form?
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Is there a lok above the lok of lord Vishnu a soul can achieve?

We know sarya lok is the highest materialistic lok a soul can achieve. It can also go to the lok of Vishnu lok. Is there lok above that also by which I mean is the lok of lord Shiva the final ...
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Why does lord shiva like abhishekam?

At many places I have heard that lord shiva likes abhishekam so much and also he blesses the devotees with their desires. Why does shiva like abhishekam so much?
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Who is the river goddess Pampa?

I was reading an article on Vijayanagar empire and came across the mention of a ceremony where the river goddess Pampa is married to Virupaksha or Shiva. Do any scriptures mention this story?
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How many eyes Panchmukhi Mahadeva have: 11 or 15?

How many eyes Panchmukhi Mahadeva have: 11 = 5*2 and one third eye or 15 = 5*3 (all heads have 3 eyes) Ramcharitmanas mentions 15 eyes. What do other scriptures mention (preferably in Dhyana ...
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What are the some dynamic Sanskrit shlokas for Lord Shiva?

I have read a shloka for Lord Vishnu - ugram veeram mahavishnum jwalantam sarvato mukham, nrisingham bhishanam bhadram mrityur mrityurnamamyaham. Can anyone will provide me same types of dynamic (or ...
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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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Are the 11 rudras mentioned in the Vedas?

Do Vedas describe about the 11 rudras? What are the names of those rudras according to Vedas? How did they emerge from the supreme Rudra?
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Which yajna was performed by Prajapati Daksha?

Which yajna was it which was performed by Prajapati Daksha in which he didn't invite Lord Shiva and suffered with consecutive events ?
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Is there any temple where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a pillar without pedestal?

As mentioned in What does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? post, The pedestal shaped as the vagina and the phallus fixed therein are symbolical of the eternal creative forces personified as ...
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What does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? [duplicate]

I have read different stories about this on Quora. Some of my childhood friends would tell some different stories to me about this. I need to know what it really means and why we worship it?
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How Grahas were made and assigned their task

I see Chandra(lord moon) is the son of Atri and Anusuya, how he was made as graha and to rotate around earth Lord surya is the sun of kashyapa, how was this earth before surya was born
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Can we use conch shell (shankh) during the worship of Lord Shiva?

I know that as per the story (like found in Shiva Purana: Rudra-saṃhitā: Yuddha-khaṇḍa: Chapter 40) of Shankhchud killed by Shiva, it was banned from his worship. But still I have seen many people, ...
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Do any vedic verses depict Lord Shiva to be supreme? [duplicate]

Rudra was mentioned in the Vedas. In the subsequent literature like Shiva purana, Shiva/Rudra was described as Supreme God. Are there are any verses in the Vedas which declare Lord Shiva/Rudra to ...
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Bhagwan Shiva worship

I have one doubt. If person has not accumulated any good sanchit karmas. Will he still get blessings simply by worshipping mahadev with water and milk?
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What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?

This answer has shown that Rudra destroys evil countries. My question is, what can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?
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Which purana mentions about the war & conversations between Shiva & Shani?

According to puranas how the war had taken place between Shiva & Shani? How Shani became the disciple of Lord Shiva? Did Shani had done any penance for getting a special post from Lord Shiva? ...
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Is the law of karma violated when entire countries get punished for the evil actions of certain individuals?

This answer has shown that Lord Shiva destroys evil countries. By "evil country" it is meant a country where majority of the people and leaders do evil actions. Now my question is, is it fair to ...
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Is there any description regarding the Kanwar Yatra in our holy books? [duplicate]

Today I was checking Twitter and there was a trending hashtag regarding Kanwar which telling that Kanwar yatra is not mentioned anywhere in Hindu holy books. So is there anything in our holy books?
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Why “Radha-Krishna” and not “Krishna-Radha” [duplicate]

I hear people saying "Radha-Krishna", "Sita-Ram" etc. People tend to put the name of the male diety after the name of their female consort. Is their any meaning for this order of saying the names? One ...
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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any Prashchita mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during Shravana month?
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What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Lord Shiva given below?

“dhyayennityam Mahesham rajatgirinibham charuchandra vatansam Ratnakalpojvalangam parshu mrimgvarabhitihastam prasannam Padmasinam samantatstutamaganairvyagrahak- rirtim vasanam ...
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Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?

Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?
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Why Rudra was described as a physician or a surgeon as per Vedas?

As per Shiva purana, we know that how Shiva had cured chandra & fixed the head of goat and elephant in the case of daksha & ganesh. But why Rudra was described as a physician, surgeon or the ...
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Was Lord Shiva/Rudra compared with a tiger or a lion in both the Vedas and the puranas?

I have read in the Mahabharata that during the tripura dahana incident lord Shiva was described as a tiger among gods and as per Shiva purana parvati also compared him to a tiger. I want to know that ...
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Can a Mleccha/Uninitiated person chant 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'?

Namaskar. My question is related to the mantra 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'. Can a Mleccha/uninitiated person chant it fully or should he/she just chant 'Namaḥ Śivā'? Even without the 'Om' in the beginning, '...
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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayatri deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? What's the reason for this?
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When Shiva & Parvati had met for first time and what was the situation?

According to Shiva purana, I have found that parvati with her father had went to meet Shiva. It was happened before the kaam dahana. Then how they met with each other and what was the situation. ...
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Do Vedas describe about Rudra riding on a black chariot driven by red horses, about wearing golden jewellery and holding pinaka bow and deadly arrows?

I have read or found that he is also mentioned as the lord of thieves and robbers (taskaranaam pati), wears golden jewellery, rides on chariot & carries deadly weapon. He was also considered as a ...
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What is the scenario when Shiva consumed halahal (poison) as per Shiva purana

Please describe briefly about the incident, when Shiva had consumed poison in the request of gods & to keep low the body temperature of Lord Shiva, moon was placed on his head & how gods have ...
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Which flowers & leaves ought to be offered to Lord Shiva?

I know of Bilva leaves and Datura flowers. Are there any other leaves & flowers which are dear to Lord Shiva? Scriptural references and/or pointers would be highly appreciated.
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What is the name of the person who reconciled a line from Rudram to dakshinamurthy and Adi Shankaracharya?

Consider the following lines from Rudram and their translation Nama kapardhine cha vyupthakesaya cha Salutations to him who has a crown of hair and to him who has a shaved head I ...
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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.
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Is there any relation or similarity between Rudra & Indra?

According to Tejaswee's Answer on What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?: Similarly, Indra is also a manifestation of Lord Rudra. AtharvaVeda calls Rudra as slayer of Vritta which is actually ...
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Does Vedas describes about Rudra wear tiger skin and crescent moon or holds trishul & damru? [duplicate]

I have read that Rudra was described as krittivaas (one who wears animals hide), but which animal's skin rudra used to wear, it's deer or tiger skin. Rudra holds pinaka bow as his weapon but does ...
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Why is Halahala Poison the one that came out of Churning of Ocean depicted in Blue in Shiva's throat?

Why is Halahala Poison the one that came out of Churning of Ocean depicted in Blue in Shiva's throat? Any scripture backing to this?
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Why third eye is vertically placed?

I am bit curious to understand why is the third eye in Shiva/Shakti depicted vertically not horizontally like the other two eyes, is there any specific reason/logic behind that or is it just ...
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Is any name of Vishnu Siva?

Vishnu has several names over scriptures such as Sahasranamam. Is any name of Vishnu is mentioned as Siva?
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What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva?

What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva? Why was he born and who were his parents?