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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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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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What is the story of suryagrahan and chandragrahan as per scriptures?

I have read in a quora answer that rahu and ketu desired to eat surya and chandra as revenge for what happened to them. They chased surya dev and chandra dev who took surrender in lord shiva. Seeing ...
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Mahadeva/Shiva's origin [duplicate]

I read Brahma originated from of Narayana's naval lotus. How did Shiva originate? He was there to marry Daksha's daughter; he was made lord of Rudras. Interested to learn about his birth/origin.
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Is there any Vedic reference of Lord Shiva or Lord Rudra worshipping Maa Siddhidatri to attain Siddhis?

Here is what I found on Wikipedia: Siddhidhatri is the ninth form of the Goddess Durga or Parvati, the meaning of her name is as follows: Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and ...
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Does Manu Smriti mention Lord Shiva?

In Manusmriti, Brahma and Narayana are mentioned. But i didn't found mention of Lord Shiva. Is he also mentioned there?
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Which scripture says that panchakshar mantra is supreme?

"VidyAsu SrutirutkrishTA rudraikAdaSini Srutau | tatra panchaksharl tasyAm Siva ityakshara dvayam ||" "Among all sources of knowledge (vidyas), the Vedas are supreme. In the Vedas, Sri ...
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How can one become brahma/vishnu/shiv?

I heard that one can become Indra if he does 1000 rajsuvi/ashwamedha yajna(not sure). But is there anywhere in shastras written how can one become one among tridevs?
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Was Shiva really cursed and did his phallus really fall to the ground as claimed in this image?

This Instagram handle posted the following image claiming Shiva's phallus fell to the ground after he was cursed by a rishi. Is this story really present in the said scripture? May be translation be ...
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Does popular worship of Lord Shiva in Northern India comes under any Shaiva sect or is it Advatic/Smartha by nature?

We know Saiva Siddhanta,(a dualistic Shaiva sect) and Veer Shaiva,(another dualistic Shaiva sect) exists in south, I don't think there are any such sects in north India. Except maybe Kashmir Shaivism, ...
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Form of Devi attached to Ardhanarishwera form of Shiva

As per this video, Devi Siddhidatri, 9th form of Goddess Durga is attached to Ardhanarishwera form of Shiva. Is it correct? If not, then which form of devi Durga is she? Looking for scriptural ...
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Lakshmi and Parvati teasing each other's spouse - is this folklore or scripture?

The Srivaishnavite preacher Velukkudi Krishnan quotes the original Sanskrit and also explains in Tamil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIr8TBNKj04 Is this scripture or folklore? Very rare instance of ...
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In the Rigveda, is there any story about lord Shiva?

Is there any story about lord Shiva in the Rigveda?
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Do Srivaishnavites and Madhwites differ on the taratamya of Siva and Vishwaksena?

For Srivaishnavites, Vishwaksena is a Nityasuri who lives in Vaikuntha. For Srivaishnavites, it is my understanding that Siva is Anapahatapapma - a sinner, a jiva full of Tamo guna, who is subject to ...
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Does the Srivaishnavite sect say that Vishnu created Chaturmukha Brahma?

Siva is said to have incurred sin by cutting off Brahma's fifth head. The Srivaishnavite sect accepts this and if I recall correctly, some Vaishnavite temples in the South have sthalapuranams that ...
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Maha Deva as Trivishtapa : The Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas

Maha Deva is also caled " Trivishtapa " or the Provider of the Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas. What are Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas?
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Are there prayers that address Siva's entire family (Siva,Parvati,Ganesa and Kartikeya) collectively and/or individually?

The Ganesa and Kartikeya stories don't seem to intersect that much. Has Siva's family been praised collectively in prayers?
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Has each member of the family of Siva - Siva,Parvati,Ganesa,Kartikeya been called Brahman? [duplicate]

For Siva we have numerous examples. For Kartikeya we have a reference from Mahabharata. How about Ganesa and Parvati?
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Did Siva come to Gokula to view the baby Krishna?

It is said that he wanted to see the beauty of the baby Krishna. For the 100 millionth time, the other question doesn't even remotely answer this question and has no direct citations from scripture ...
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According to Smarta, all of three of the “Trimurti” are equal. But why isn't Brahma given the same significance as Vishnu and Shiva?

Even Puri Shankaracharya said that chanting the name of Narayana and Shiva would have the same benefits. However, why don't anyone give such importance to Brahma?
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Sri Vishnu Gita is present in which Puranas or ancient texts or scriptures.?

I have came accross some questions in other public forums saying there is a vishnu gita claiming there lord vishnu gave his gita gyan to lord shiva. After searching a lot thankfully I came across this ...
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Are Shiva, Parvati, and their children, the only Gods who dwell on Earth?

I was referring to Mount Kailasha. Among the Trimurti, Vishnu, along with Lakshmi, and Brahma, along with Sarasvati, appear to dwell in other realms. So do the other Gods.
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Why do only the mounts of Shiva and Vishnu have actual names (Nandi and Garuda)?

Do the VAhanas of Durga (lion), Ganesha (mouse), and Skanda (peacock) have names of their own, just like Shiva's mount is named "Nandi"?
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Different methods of doing Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam?

What are different kinds and methods of Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam? Several priests and jyotiṣika (astrologers) recommend doing abhiṣekam with water (जल ), milk (दुग्ध ), bhasman (भस्मन्), sugarcane ...
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What is the exact location of nagesh jyotirlinga?

There is a controversy regarding the location of Nagesvara Jyotirlinga. Is it in Jageshwar, Almora (Uttrakhand)? Or is it located in Nageshwara or Darukavana, Dwarka (Gujrat)?
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Maha Shivaratri in Margashira or Magha masa?

In this answer it is stated that Shivaratri is celebrated in Margashira masa (Dec). But Shivaratri festival is celebrated in Magha masa (Feb-Mar). Why the celebration in a different month? Are there ...
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How Shiva tests his disciples?

Where can be found references about ways of Shiva testing his students And disciples? Please provide some texts in the answers.
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Is the modern Indian state Tripura somehow related to the three cities Shiva destroyed in his Tripurantaka form?

Please read Edit 1(At the end) Does the state, Tripura, derive its name from the Three legendary asura cities which Lord Shiva destroyed in his Tripurantaka form? Most searches return that the name is ...
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The real story behind Baijnath and Gokarna

A similar story goes for two different cities. Baijnath and Gokarna. Which one is the correct one? If both of them are true, did Ravana carry Shivlinga twice?
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Classification of Brahman(ब्रह्मन्)

I was watching this program on TV and the person in there further classified the Ultimate Reality we call as Brahman / Par Brahman into three categories : Nirãkãr Brahman (निराकार ब्रह्मन्) Sãkãr ...
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Mṛta Sanjeevani Mantra

Despite having the knowledge of Mrit Sanjeevani Mantra (मृत संजीवनी मंत्र) - which could bring back anyone dead back to life again, Why didn't (or not able to maybe) Shukracharya revive Hiranyakasha, ...
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What is the symbolic significance of Maa Lakshmi offering bel fruit (Shree Phal) during her Shiv Puja.?

The story of origin of Bel Fruit is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. The link. While in skanda Purana it is said that the bilva tree appeared from maa parvati's sweat and she resides in it. The ...
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Why Maa Lakshmi says that neither Lord Brahma nor Lord Vishnu only Lord Shiva commands her to move from one place to another.?

According to Mahabharata.: “śrīruvāca na mā̃ virōcanō vēda nāyaṁ vairōcanō baliḥ. āhurmā̃ duḥsahētyēvaṁ vidhitsēti ca mā̃ viduḥ.|7 bhūtirlakṣmīti māmāhuḥ śrīrityēvaṁ ca vāsava. tvaṁ mā̃ śakra na ...
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What is the Aghora Mantra mentioned in Shiva Mahimna Stotram Verse 35?

Shiva Mahimna Stotram Verse 35 महेशान्नापरो देवो महिम्नो नापरा स्तुतिः। अघोरान्नापरो मन्त्रो नास्ति तत्त्वं गुरोः परम्॥ Maheśānnāparo devo mahimno nāparā stutiḥ| Aghorānnāparo mantro nāsti tattvaṁ ...
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5 Incarnations of MahaDeva

In the Mahabarata are referred five different incarnations (Vamadevascha ) of Mahadeva: Sadyojata of White Colour ; Vama Deva of Red Complexion; Agoresha of blue complexion; Tatpurusha of Yellow ...
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Why did Lord Shiva never take birth in human form as Lord Vishnu has? [duplicate]

Over the 3 yugas that have passed, we have seen Lord Vishnu take birth in human form (as Ram, Krishna etc.). We all know how Kalyug is going to end - with the bad being wiped out from this world by ...
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4 of 12 Jyotirlinga are in Maharashtra ; please confirm?

Tryambakeshwar Bhimshankar Vaidyanath Ghrishneshwar Hello. am confused with some maps showing Vaidyanath to be located in Parli, Maharashtra and some in Deogarh, Jharkhand. Any literary proof to ...
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Is the Shiva Tandava Stotra a mantra? Can anyone sing or chant the Shiva Tandava Stotra?

I am not a Brahmin, and I am not initiated either (is it called "diksha"?), meaning that I do not have the adhikara. Hence, obviously, I cannot chant mantras, but is it okay for me to chant ...
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In Lingashtakam, does “Sanchit Paap” refer to “Sanchita Karma” or are these two separate concepts?

In this verse of Lingashtakam, कुङ्कुमचन्दनलेपितलिङ्गं पङ्कजहारसुशोभितलिङ्गम् । सञ्चितपापविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥५॥ What does "Sanchita Paap" refer to? Is it the same as ...
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When did Lord Shiva slash Lord Vishnu's head?

In Lord Shiva's thousand names according to Shiva Maha Purana there is a name which is number (755) Vishnukandharapatana which translates to "the one who slashes Vishnu's head". Here in ...
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What is the reason behind the hindu scriptures not prescribing meat? [duplicate]

Both plants and animals have the same soul, emotion and feelings. I know that meat is tamasic and is not suggestible for spiritual aspirants. Other than that, is there any exact logical reasoning for ...
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The eighteen faced goddess

I was drawing a comparison between a local goddess from Kullu in Himalaya, one from mainstream Hinduism. Could you help me with it? Here's the information the temple priest gave me, and here I quote, ...
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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

I know that Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are representations of creation, protection, and destruction cycles. Do they really exist as entities with a specific appearance?
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Story of Adi Shankaracharya as per Siva Rahasyam

What is the life story of Adi Shankara Charya as per Siva Rahasyam
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Who composed Chandrashekara Ashtakam? And what is its accurate verbatim meaning?

I want to know who composed this ashtakam and where to find its precise meaning. Not a mere latu sensu translation but a verbatim one with genuine original Sanskrit even polysemic restrictively ...
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Does Shiva embody all the Gunas?

This is the source question asked by another user, with respect to which the above is asked.
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Who was Lakulesh

In which kalpa Lakulesh was present, was it the current kalp ? as the devo ke dev mahadev serial doesn't give this information. The serial also shows that he did penance through multiple kalpa. How ...
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Are there Non-sectarian texts in Sanatan Dharma? it is not a duplicate Q [duplicate]

Disclaimer: The following question has been edited in order not to be confused with another pre-existent question which has been linked below in the body of this question. Many times it is read ...
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Lord Shiva’s Curse and the Origin of Chandalas

An answer to what are the duties of children born from an intermixing of castes?, beautifully describes that a chandala is one born of the pratiloma union of a Sudra man and a Brahmin woman and their ...
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Are Samhitas apauresheya? [duplicate]

About the Samhitas books. I wish to know who composed these books, what are these books related to (itihasa, smritris, srutris or others) in the canon of Sanataan Dharma. I mean: which integrant part ...
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What's the relation between Shiva and Maa Lakshmi?

I am asking this because it happened that I have noticed the mention of one portion of Sri Sukta dedicated to Maa Lakshmi, into a complete full Rudra Path chant (namakam and chamakam together); also I ...

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