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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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How & when did Lord Shiva had started to wear tiger skin?

Does Shiva purana have any story which describes about when did Shiva had started to wear tiger skin or when & how he started to hold trishul & damru?
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Visarjana Mantra or Stotram for Shivapuja

I would very much appreciate the Sanskritam (Devanagari), transliterated, and English for a visarjana mantra or stotram for Shivapuja.
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What are the specific qualities of Lord Shiva's trishul?

Does any epic or purana describes about Lord Shiva's trishul briefly? Specially Shiva Purana & Mahabharata, if I'm not wrong, Upamanyu had described something about Shiva's trishul to Lord Krishna ...
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How goddess Parvati had started her penance?

I want to know about her tough penance. What did her routine during that period ? How she had worshipped Lord Shiva as per Shiva Purana? Did Lord Shiva had appeared as a brahmin & insulted himself ...
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Shivarahasya Purana original Sanskrit book free available online?

I have found an English version of Shivarahasya Purana on archive.org. But unable to find the original Sanskrit version. Kindly share if anyone know of the original Sanskrit book other than scanned ...
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Verses and Mantras in Veda/ any Hindu Scripture, which speak about Time, Space and Space-time relationship (Spacetime curvature) [closed]

Are there Verses/Mantras in Veda, any Hindu Scripture which speak about Time, speak about Space, speak about Space-time relationship (Space-time curvature) (I dont know what Spacetime Curvature is; I ...
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What is the origin and importance of “Shivambu”? [closed]

I recently learned that Shivambu means ones own urine. However, I do not know why it is called that and how is Shiva's name associated with it. I would like to learn more about it if someone is ...
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What is Beyond Paraparam in Saiva Siddhanta?

2945: Transcendental Union Beyond Word and Speech As salt in water, in Lord I mixed, Transcending Param and Paraparam states, Beyond word and speech I in union merged; "How was It?"-you ask "...
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Is there a Multiverse Theory in any Shaiva philosophy?

We know there's a multiverse theory in Bhagvat Purana also in Vaishnav philosophy.But Is there a Multiverse Theory in Shaivaism?? Trika philosophy or in Saiva Siddhanta etc?Where it says Shiva is the ...
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On which basis Adi Shankaracharya was considered shivavtar? [duplicate]

What is the reference of consider bhagwatpad Adi Shankaracharya to be an incarnation of shiva ? Did he proclaimed himself to be so anywhere ?
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Have any scholar like Dr.Gopinarh Kaviraj written any book about Nayanars and Saiva Siddhanta?

If yes can you tell me the name of the book? Also which language It was written in? Can you give me a pdf link of it? Thanks for help.
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Why the word “baba” was used for Lord Shiva?

I have listened from many peoples, they are calling Lord Shiva as baba, baba vishwanath etc. Does this word have an Urdu origin? Is there was a specific reason behind calling him baba & when it ...
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What's the difference between Nayanars' Shiva and Chaitanya's Krishna?

Can you tell me difference about their philosophy? As far as I know both follows path of Bhakti.
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In Trimular Shaiva Siddhanta What's the difference between Parashiva,Param,Paramam,Paraparam and Para Maha Shivam?

2285 Further Beyond Para Siva State is Paramam , Paramparam and Para Maha Sivam Beyond Para Siva is Paramam; Beyond Paramam is Paramparam; Thus are states ascending; From Para Siva Jagra, to Para Siva ...
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Which Purana talks about the incident of Lord Shiva saving Lord Markandeya?

There is this popular story that Sage Markandeya was saved from death by Lord Shiva. Does any one know the source of this account? In which Purana is this described? As far as I know there is no ...
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Does anyone have a complete list of Demons that Shiva Killed and a list of Demons who worshiped Shiva?

In my attempt to understand the Gods(their Tatvarth), I wanted to know what demonic tendencies were not approved by Shiva and what demonic tendencies worshiped Shiva. We all know some of the demons, ...
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What do the Devas do with offerings of sacrificial blood in Yajnas?

It is known that whatever is offered to the Devas in Yajnas is consumed by them. So things like milk, butter, ghee, soma, meat, liquor etc are all eaten and drank by the Devas. For example, Vyasa ...
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Does epic like Mahabharata mention about Lord Shiva's personal life events?

Does it mention about - 1. Marriage of Shiva & Parvati 2. Birth of Kartikeya & Ganesha 3. Consuming poison during churning of ocean 4. Birth of Andhaka Or some other ...
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What is the exact story of the origin of goddess Annapurna?

Which scripture talks about goddess parvati taking the form of Annapurna? Did she take this form on the auspicious day of Akshay tritiya? Why did Lord Shiva beg in front of her? I want to know the ...
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Where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu used to originally reside?

Lord Shiva is a resident of mountain Kailaasa which is in the Himalaya i.e. in-laws place. Lord Vishnu is resident of Kshirsagar i.e. also a in-laws place. So my question is - Where did Lord Shiva and ...
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What is the story of Shiva's grandson Adi?

While going down the rabbit hole of identification movie question long back I fall on this Wikipedia page which mentions about Asura Andhaka's son Adi (also Shiva's grandson) who takes the form of ...
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Why God doesn't show any minor sakshatkaram as a ray or lightning in present 21st century? [duplicate]

Unless God shows some sort of his/her power when devotee prays atleast by a ray or lightning mode of sakshatkaram in present 21st century belief will gets diminished? Are there any Maha Guru's ...
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Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the Champaka flower

Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya has the verse below: रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं हिमजलैः स्नानं च दिव्याम्बरं नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदाङ्कितं चन्दनम् । जातीचम्पकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च ...
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Nyasa for Shiv Rudra mantra “Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraya”

I have come across this mantra in a book from Shrimali ji. It contains the viniyoga but there is no mention of the nyasa for this mantra. Is it possible that this mantra does not have a nyasa or it ...
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Meaning of the word Samkaram [closed]

What is the meaning of the word Samkaram? For example i know that samkaram stumah mean bowing at the Feet of Lord Shiva.
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Why does all body parts of Mata Sati fall on India?

Respects, As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of Mata Sati in space when Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra cut the body into 51 parts which eventually fall on Earth. Q. Why ...
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How Kartikeya was Born?

I have read some stories and often they contradict themselves regarding birth of Kartikeya. In some stories, it has been said that he was born with carnal desires of Shiva and Parvati. How kartikeya ...
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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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In 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 the attached picture?

Which form of Shiva is it in this picture? Why did he take 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