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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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Complete Stotra of Shiva [duplicate]

It looks like the below stotra or mantra is not complete. This stotra of Shiva is taken from Yajurveda. Can anyone provide details about where in Yajurveda, this stotra is mentioned and also the ...
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As per Hindu scriptures does lord Śiva explicitly claim himself to be a deity that has to be worshiped?

Note: I have limited knowledge in these matters. But I am a curious person and go with reasoning. I want to know that in which all Hindu's divine/sacred scriptures lord Śiva has claimed or explicitly ...
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how can I start Tantra sAdhnA? which all are the scriptures I need to study to have in-depth knowledge?

I am new here and have many questions. I am interested in Tantric sAdhnA and first I need to study the Tantric scriptures in details. I have studied yogA-VedAnta and Buddhism in detail also mahAmUdrA ...
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Which is correct Vishnu saharsranama or Shiva sahasranama? [closed]

In Vishnu Shahasranama Yudistira asks Bhishma and he gets answers about Vishnu being supreme God but in Shiva Sahasranama it is stated that same Yudistira gets answers from Bhishma that Shiva is the ...
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What does the word Shambhu mean? [closed]

Shambhu is modified word from Swayam bhu which means "Self Born" and is another name of Brahman or Purush from Upanishads. No other Deity is called Shambhu or has a Nirakaar form like Shiva Lingam. ...
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How are gods and goddesses such as Shiva and Shakti seen in the Vaishnava sampradayas?

How is Shakti/the consort of Shiva (including her various forms such as Kali, Durga, Parvati, Tara, etc.) seen in the various Vaishnava sampradayas? I have read that, since she is the chaste stri of ...
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Ambika, the sister of Rudra? [duplicate]

The Shatapata Brahmana Section 2.6.2 mentions something very interesting: He offers 1, with the text (Vâg. S. III, 57 a), 'This is thy share, O Rudra! graciously accept it together with thy ...
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What are the legends associated with Kānwar Yātrā (कांवड़ यात्रा) and which scriptures mention them?

Kānwar Yātrā (कांवड़ यात्रा): In the month of Shravan, Millions devotees (from North India) walk for hundreds of miles to collect holy water from the Ganga to offer in their local Shiva temples. This ...
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What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?

I found the following date calendar for Masik Shivratri, till date I was only aware of Shivratri and Maha Shivratri but Masik Shivratri is totally new for me. So wanted to understand the importance ...
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Why Lord Shiva is in tapasya?

Lord Shiva is said to be in 'tap' (तप) for Yugas, but Lord Shiva is one of the Trimurti gods and also the Mahadev, then why is he in tap? . It is said that he prays lord brahma, and Lord brahma ...
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Did Lingodbhava incident take place twice in this Kalpa?

In Thirukandiyur near Thanjavur district, there is a temple for Brahma dev by the name Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple. It is believed that lingodbhava incident of where Shiva appearing in linga form ...
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What's the story of Bhasmasura in which Lord Vishnu came as a Brahmin and Mohini?

I came across two different avatars of Vishnu for killing Bhasmasura while reading about Lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. In one tale Vishnu came as Brahmin to deceive Bhasmasura and in another he came as ...
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Vishnu's avataras

I would like to ask if somebody can help in identifying some of Vishnu’s avataras and two figures belonging to Shiva in the attached image. The image shows Harihara with Vishnu on the right-hand side ...
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Is devotion of Lord Hanuman is equal to devotion of Lord Shiva?

Hanuman is the partial incarnation of Lord Shiva. So if someone is devoting Lord Hanuman then it's mean he is devoting to Lord Shiva? For example: If one being told (from aspect of kundali or any ...
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Interpretation of Shivadvaitha

Vedantha and Nigamantha are different in terms of philosophy. Saiva Sidhantha is Agamic and if so, how is it different from vedantha or upanishads
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What is the significance of seeing Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi and Shiva together in a dream? [closed]

I had dream and saw Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi, and Lord Shiva in my dream. I don't remember few things about that dream(don't know why) but Here is what I saw.. It was dream in which they were giving ...
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What is exact meaning of UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती), STITHI(स्तिथी) AND LAYA(लय)

As we know the works of trimurti. Lord Brahma's work is UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती). Lord Vishnu's work is STITHI(स्तिथी). Lord Shiva's work is LAYA(लय). I want to know what are the exact meanings of those ...
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Importance of Bhairav in Kul

Kuldevi is considered to be important in day to day worship. Also, heard about Kul-Bhairav, shankar and ganesh specific to the particular Kul along with Kuldevi. What is significance of the ...
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What are the 16 impurities (ashuddhi) in a human body?

I came across in Lord Shiva context, where Narada muni told Mata Parvati to get rid of 16 toxicities and purify yourself, can somebody please throw light upon this concept? Source: Devon Ke Dev ...
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Harihara literature

Which references exist in the academic literature on the concept of Harihara (= Vishnu + Shiva)? At which time was this concept developed? What is the precise meaning of the Harihara concept? Which ...
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Vedanta and Vishnu correlation

Except for Adi Shankara and Bhaskara, it is seen that all the Vedanta expounders are Vaishnavas viz. Ramanuja, Madhava, Chaitanya, Nimbarka and Vallabha. Is there any correlation of Vedanta and Vishnu?...
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In which Kalpa did Markendya's story take place?

We had read about the sage Markendaya story where Lord Shiva saves the 16-year old boy from Yama and blessed him with immortality. Do we have any reference to which Kalpa, Mahayuga, Manvantra it ...
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What is the meaning of Shivaaya?

We know Shiva is the Lord. But it is not clear what is meant by Shivaaya ? My question is : What is the meaning of Shivaaya ?
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What is the significance of number 3?

This three is more significant in all religions too. In Vishnu temples - for Brahmans, they give 3 times the tulasi jalam, Shiva has trishool, Nadis - Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, EYES = 3 - Pituitary ...
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On whom does Lord Rudra meditating in Kailash? Any reference to scriptures about it?

We have seen Lord Rudra in Kailash sitting firmly in deep meditation. Does anyone of us have come across on whom does he meditate? He meditates on Parabrahman or whom?
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How are the River, Vimana and Sthala Vruksha appropriately associated with respective temples?

The divyadesams of Vishnu has a connection comprising River, Vimana and Sthala vruksha. Example God Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam temple has cauvery as river, Vimana is Ranga Vimana and Sthala Vruksha [...
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Whose skull is in Siva’s necklace that Virabhadra mentioned to Narsimha?

Virabhadra while trying to subdue Narasimha mentions about some form of Vishnu leaving his skull in Siva’s necklace during Kurma avatar. Which story Virabhadra is referencing about? This is mentioned ...
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What is the story of Shiva fighting Rama and Hanuman?

This page mentions a battle between Lord Rama and Shiva at the time of the Ashwamedh Yagnya and states that it is from the Shiva Purana: A war that went unnoticed among us. Shiva Purana mentions a ...
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How to consider Lord Dakshinmurthy as my Guru?

It is said that if a person doesn't have a Guru, then they can consider and worship Lord Dakshinamurthy as their Guru. Is there any ritual or mantra to do so?
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Did Lord Shiva first teach Tripura rahasya to Lord Vishnu or his avatar Dattatreya?

Tripura Rahasya is considered as one of the important books that expounded advaita vedanta philosophy. As per the introduction given in the book "Tripura Rahasya" by Sri Munagala S. Venkataramaiah ...
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How to do Prana Pratishtana of Shiv Lingam?

Recently I got a Shiva Lingam for my home altar. Since its not a Swaymbhu or Banalinga, It must first be energized through Prana Pratishtana. But I do not know the method and mantras for doing the ...
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Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? and why could not he save his own son (Ganesha) from curse? [duplicate]

Kashyapa cursed Shiva: "Just as you pierced my son's chest with a trident, your son's head will be chopped off one day," said Kashyapa. My question is, Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? ...
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Importance of using ḍamaru-hasta and trident in Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva using ḍamaru-hasta and Trident almost we aware of it. However, When the ḍamaru are using by Shiva that means in which situation he is using the Damaru-hasta Who is given or when he is have ...
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Which scripture says Shiva first created Brahma-Vishnu and delegated rest of the creation to them? [duplicate]

I watched a serial that narrates how Shiva created Vishnu and Brahma to create and save Earth and all the souls. I have not read this in any of the scriptures but could someone point me to the source ...
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How does the mudra connect the the little red snake with the Bindu

Who knows the hand mudra that is used when uniting the little red snake Maha Kundalini Sakti with the red Bindu ?!( This works for me ](https://i.stack.imgur.com/9oyVj.jpg)( The triple eyed double ...
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How Ekadashi is performed in Shiva Temples?

In vaishnava Temples Ekadashi is performed as by Vaishnava sampradaya. Is there is any instructions about how to perform Ekadashi in Shiva temples in any Puranas/ Sacred books?
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Why did lord Shiva choose Mount Kailash (earth) as his abode?

Neither Vishnu nor Brahma stay on the earth but why did lord Shiva choose Mount Kailash ( which is on earth) as his abode?
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Shiva Linga realization within the body

The Shiva Linga is generally symbolized in stone as an external object of worship. Can the true Shiva Linga be seen within the body of man via the minds' eye?
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Why is Hanuman considered as a partial avatara of Lord Shiva as opposed to a full avatara?

HanumAn is said to be an ansha avatar of Lord Shiva. With an ansha avatar being defined as a partial avatar. Where is the proof of HanumAn being a ansha avatar from the hindu scriptures?
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Can someone provide a link to verses and their respective English translation of Brihad-Jabala & Bhasma-jabala Upanishad

Can someone provide link to verse to verse translations of Brihad Jabala Upanishad and Bhasma Jabala Upanishad There should be verse in Sanskrit with corresponding translation in English.
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What is the mantra for Shiva and Parvati equivalent to “SITA RAM” and “RADHA KRISHNA”?

Even Vishnu has mantras like "OM LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAMAHA" but what is the famous mantra for the couple SHIVA/PARVATI?
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Can one worship Lord Shiva after smoking weed?

I am immersed in devotion after smoking weed. Can I worship Lord Shiva after smoking weed? Or it will be worship of weed not Shiva?
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Is Om namah shivaya mantra in Atharva Veda , SamaVeda or RigVeda? [duplicate]

If Om Namah Shivaya given in AtharvaVeda, SamaVeda or Rig Veda then please share the verse.
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Was Seeta ji born as a blessing from Shiva?

We know that Shri Rama took birth to rid the three worlds of the tyranny of Ravana. But I recently came across a verse in the Valmiki Ramayan that says that Seeta was also born for the same purpose! ...
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When did Vishnu destroy trident of Shiva?

Vishnu Sahasranama stotram consist of thousand names of Lord Vishnu. The most popular one is from Anushasana parva of Mahabharata which was said by Bhishma to Yudhishtira. But there are other versions ...
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Is Sai Baba an incarnation? If so, of Shiva, Vishnu or Rama?

Some people say Sai Baba is an avatar of Shiva while others say it's either Vishnu or Rama. What is the official position (if any) on this? Does Sai Satcharitra mention anything about this?
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Linguistic connection between Rudra and Marudgaṇa

I'm wondering if the rud portion of Rudra is etymologically connected to the rut portion of Marut. My understanding is that rudra literally means "howl" or "roar" and marút means "wind," "air," or "...
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Is Shiva lingam mentioned in Vedas?

If so, please provide the verses. It would also be helpful if you provide a link.
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If some of the early Alwars used to consider Venkateswara as Shiva and Vishnu both then what's the proof of it?

Venkateswara, AFAIK, is a form of Lord Vishnu. And, Alwars a group of Tamil Vaishnavite saints. But, the article, Sri Venkateswara on the Kamakotimandali.org, says that initially, the Alwars used to ...
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Worshipping Lord Sharabha in Tantra

According to Shiva Puran, Lord Shiva had to take avatar of Sharabha to stop Lord Narasimha from destroying whole universe out of anger after killing Hiranyakshipu. His power is intolerable for a ...