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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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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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Why according to Vyasadeva, Shaiva-mata is inconsistent with the Vedas?

In our Vedas/ Upanishads, Vishnu/Narayana, Shiva/Rudra and Uma/Devi are all names of the Supreme Godhead. They same holds for different Puranas also. Why does then Vyasadeva declare the Shaiva Mata ...
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Does Shiva have avataras? [duplicate]

Since Shiva resides in Kailasa (which is on Earth I think), does he have avataras? For example, is his test of Arjuna, where he blesses him with the Pasupata-astra considered an avatara?
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What does Sri Ramanuja mean by saying "Pasupati-Mata' is 'Anadaraniya'?

According to Sri Ramanujacharya, 'pasupati-mata' is non-adorable as it is against the Vedas: "pasupati-matasya vedavirodhaad asaamanjyasyaad cha anaadaraniyaa iti uchyate" (Ref: Mahaprabhu Sri ...
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Did Siva ever give back the power all the other Gods gave him to destroy the Tripuras?

From the Mahabharata: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08034.htm "'"Sthanu said, 'All your foes should be slain. But, I shall not however, slay them single-handed. The enemies of the gods are ...
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Do the demons ever try to conquer Brahma loka or Shiva loka?

When Daitya Hiranyakashipu conquered the universe, he conquered up till Swarga. Text 13: O my dear King, Hiraṇyakaśipu was always drunk on strong-smelling wines and liquors, and therefore his ...
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Is there any instance of Shiva showing his vishwaroopa in the Mahabharata?

In Mahabharata, Krishna/Vishnu shows his viswaroopa 4 times. Is there a similar instance of Shiva showing his viswaroopa? Question is specific to Mahabharata.
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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Which scripture contains the event of Shiva beheading Vinayaka?

Consider the sequence of events : Parvati making Vinayaka, Vinayaka disallowing Shiva, Shiva beheading Vinayaka, Shiva joining Elephant's head on Vinayaka's body, etc., Which scripture contains this ...
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Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu

Is it bad if a devotee of Lord Shiva would like to worship Lord Vishnu at the same time?
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Why should prasad offered to a shivling not be consumed?

I have heard from a few sources that the Prasad offered to Shivling should not be consumed by us. On searching stackexchange I found this post "Can devotees drink Abhishekam water" which talks about ...
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If Shiva is white, then how can Kali be born of Shiva's color?

NOTE: This is NOT a duplicate of this question. According to this H.SE answer, Shiva is white. But this Shiva Purana says Shiva is black, and Kali was born from Shiva's color: 29-30. Then Brahmā ...
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Why does Shiva dislike dark skin?

According to the Shiva Purana, Shiva does not like his wife having dark skin: 29-30. Then Brahmā requested Śiva, the lord of the gods for killing them—“It behoves you to bestow on the gods the ...
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Which one of Vedas has referred to Dhyanalinga consecrated by Sadhguru?

In Sadhguru : A Life, one of his disciples mentioned a priest in Trichy mentioning Dhyanalinga is consecrated by a Grihasta Yogi, and he remembers reading about this in one of the Vedas. Does anybody ...
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Is there any name customarily associated with Siva/Rudra that Vaishnavites would not claim also applies to Vishnu?

They seem to claim that Satarudriyam is dedicated to Vishnu or Narasimha (but i doubt if they would recite it). Rudra and Siva are of course names of Vishnu in the Vishnusahasranama. Svetasvatara ...
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What is the status Of Rudra's alleged delusion by Krishna?

There is a claim that Krishna has stated in the Mahabharata that he has illusioned Rudra and others: http://www.vrindavana.net/academy/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/visnu-sahasra-nama-baladeva-I.pdf ...
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Can Vaishnavas worship other Gods(anya devata)? [duplicate]

Generally Vaishnavas don't worship Gods other Sri Vishnu and His incarnations(Swaminarayan Sampradaya being a notable exception).Is there any mention in scriptures if the worship of anya devata is ...
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Do the long term actions of Avataras survive the end of the respective Avataras?

There is a claim that Krishna has stated in the Mahabharata that he has illusioned Siva and others: http://www.vrindavana.net/academy/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/visnu-sahasra-nama-baladeva-I.pdf ...
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Why does the Srimad-Bhagavatam say that mumkshus reject worsipping of the fierce forms of God?

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1/2/26 says: mumukṣavo ghora-rūpān hitvā bhūta-patīn atha nārāyaṇa-kalāḥ śāntā bhajanti hy anasūyavaḥ English Translation: Those who want salvation reject the fierce ...
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Correct Trayakshar Mrityunjaya mantra

Which is the correct Trayakshar Mrityunjaya Mantra- Om Haum Joom Sah OR Om Joom Sah
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What is the Shiva Stuti?

What is the Shiva Stuti? Please explain what the Shiva Stuti is.
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How do mantras works?

I am practicing the mantra "om namo vagawate rudrays" this days, but although i feel the peace inside after chanting them for few minutes like 15-20 minutes with full devotion. My mind keeps asking ...
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Does goddess Lalita have her own loka?

I have heard about Vaikuntha for Vishnu etc.. Does devi Lalita and Lord Shiva have separate regions/lokas outside this mortal world? What is the name?
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Will I get Moksha if I commit suicide?

Ramayan preached by Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao garu. As per Ramayan, those who listen to Ramayan will get Moksha (Phala sruthi I.e. fruits of listening). Not only the one who listened, family member ...
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Does Moksha Dharma Parva contain this alleged quotation from it?

In an answer to the question How were the Trimurthi born? The following material is quoted: ' As Krishna says in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, "The ancestors of civilization, and entities ...
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What are the legends behind Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaikuntha_Chaturdashi never heard of it till I stumbled on the wiki article. So what are the legends behind celebrating Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?
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Is Adi Shankaracharya partial avatar of Siva? [duplicate]

Is it true that Adi Shankaracharya is an Ansavatar of Siva?
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Is the roudra weapon really the same weapon as the pashupata weapon?

As I know, when Arjuna did penance to Indra, Shiva referred to the pashupata weapon as "roudra" but also as a pashupata, implying that it is another name of the weapon according to Shiva: '"O great ...
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What are the details of Lord Mahadeva's SarvaMedha yajna?

Mahabharata: Santi Parva: [Rajadharmanusasana Parva:] Chapter 20 यज्ञैरिन्द्रो विविधैरन्नवद्भि; र्देवान्सर्वानभ्ययान्महौजाः | तेनेन्द्रत्वं प्राप्य विभ्राजतेऽसौ; तस्माद्यज्ञे सर्वमेवोपयोज्यम् ...
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What is the eligibility for reciting shiva sahasranama stotram?

Shiva Sahasranama is a "list of a thousand names" of Shiva, one of the most important deities in Hinduism. Is there any eligibility for a person to recite it? If yes, what is the eligibility to do ...
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What do we gain from chanting the names of Lord Shiva?

There are various scriptures enumerate the results one can obtain by chanting the name of Lord Shiva and it is believed that Lord Shiva is pleased very easily as compared to Lord Vishnu and Lord ...
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Why is Lord Shiva identified as Mahadeva?

"Mahadeva", by definition means "The Supreme/Great God". In traditional Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva have an equal standing as Preserver and Destroyer respectively which maintain the ...
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Are Manu and Brahmā the same entity? [duplicate]

Some scriptures say that from Vishnu’s navel a lotus arises on which Brahmā sits and creates the universe. Other scriptures say that universe is created and destroyed when he breathes in and out ...
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Why is Lanka king Dashanan titled as Ravana? [duplicate]

There are many stories in and among one where the great Lanka king Ravana meets the almighty lord, the symbol of yoga Shiva. Some say until this happened, he was called as the king Dashanan but after ...
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Why doesn't Lord Shiva have a crown?

Every deity is shown wearing a crown except Lord Shiva. He is shown as having the hairs tied (jatA). Does anybody know why there is no crown? Maybe any story in scriptures or a 'tAntric' reason or ...
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God Shiva's Beeja Mantra

Please let me know the correct pronunciation of God Shiva's Beeja or moola mantra- is it hauh or hraum or haum?
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Difference between Palankarta and Palanhaara

We all are aware of the fact that Lord Vishnu is Palankarta because he takes care of all the lokas like a mother and protects them like a father. He plays Father and Mother role for all lokas. He is ...
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Which is the Shaiva Itihasa that Linga Purana is talking about?

By Itihasa we usually only mean the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. But have a look at the following passage/verses from Linga Purana (Tr-J.LShastry-Part1, Ch-26): For the propitiation of the ...
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What is Shiva doing in this picture from a temple?

I saw this murti in a temple and I am wondering what Shiva is doing here. It looks like he is pouring milk over himself. I never heard of him doing abishek on himself or worshipping himself. Can ...
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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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In which Yuga did Shiva destroy Tripura?

In two days we will be celebrating Dev Deepawali. I want to know in which Yuga and which Manvantar did Shiva destroy the three citadels of Tripura? Is the information mentioned in any Puranas?
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Are there any Puranas that corresponds to a Kalpa where Brahma creates Vishnu?

According to the thirteenth chapter of the Vayavivasamhita of the Shiva Purana, Brahma has created Vishnu and Rudra in certain Kalpas: Vayu said, I shall narrate how Rudra was born and how Brahma ...
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What is the symbolic meaning behind the siva-sakthi triangle?

What is the symbolic meaning behind the siva-sakthi triangle? I know there are several variations of symbols that can represent her, but what does this upside-down triangle with the dot in the ...
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Can I pour water on the shivling for abhishek as many times as I want?

I go to a temple where there is a shivling set on some soil at the base of a tree. So all the water poured goes in the root, and I feel good about giving the tree so much Shiva Nirmalaya to drink. ...
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Where can I find a sanskrit text version of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Shivashtakam?

Where can I find Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Shivashtakam rendered in Sanskrit? Can someone on this website do it as a huge favour? I want to chant it but can't be sure of the pronounciation since the ...
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On what basis Pushpadanta states that chanting his Shiva Mahimna Stotram is greater than Spiritual initiation, austerities, etc?

Verse 36 states: Shiv Mahimna Stotram - Text 36 Diksha danam tapas tirtham jnanamyaga-dikah kriyah, mahimnah stava pathasya kallam narhanti shodashim Initiation into spiritual life, ...
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Can we touch the shivling to spread the contents of the offering like curd or ghee around it while doing Abhishek?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puja that - Fingers should not be put in water, milk and ghee etc., because the touching of nails makes these things inauspicious. But when I offer ...
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Saying Sanskrit Stotram with incorrect pronunciations? [duplicate]

Not everyone is well versed in reading Hindi and let alone Sanskrit. I recently started chanting the Shiva Mahimna Stotram. However, some of the pronunciations are quite difficult for me. My ...
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How to get a Boon From Shiva [duplicate]

I have heard that Lord maheswar is very merciful. He grants boon easily. I want to see him please let me know how can i see him. I just want his devotion. Is there any siddhi to please him.Please dont ...
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Did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also write a Shivashtakam?

I have seen in atleast three places saying that he has written a Shivashtakam (apart from the one by Sri Adi Shankaracharya). 1. backtogodhead (cites the source "Recorded in Murari Gupta’s Sri ...