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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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Dignified Shiva Pose Question

I know little to nothing about Hinduism. So, please be gracious to me. I was just joking once and did the Dignified Shiva (statue) pose. I notice, however, that there is little to no information on it ...
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Ardhanarishwaras creation

Who created Ardhanarishwara? I have taken the case that Ardhanarishwara created Shiva and Vishnu. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardhanarishvara Refer to this link for information
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If Siva has five faces, then why Statues of Siva has only one?

Does Siva have five faces (Panchanana)? Is there any scriptural reference? If he has five faces, then why do the statues (Murtis) of Siva have only one face? What happened to the other four faces?
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What is the most important Purana for Saiva denomination?

For Vaishnavas, Bhagavad Purana (Srimad Bhagavat) is the most important Purana. For Saktas, Devi Purana (Srimad Devi Bhagavat) is the most important Purana. What is the most important Purana for the ...
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How are Ashtabhairavas related to Kalabhairava?

We know that Kalabhairava was created from Siva's forehead. "Mahadeva then created a wonderful person, Bhairava, from the middle of his brows to quell the pride of Brahma. - Siva Purana ...
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Who's devi Koutavi who shielded Banasura from Krishna?

Koutavi (also identified as Vijaya) in Harivamsa tries to shield Banasura from Shri Krishna by standing before the Lord. She even sheds her clothes and stands naked in front of Krishna, pleading for ...
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Bhairavas and Navagraha

Are these correspondences between Bhairavas and different Grahas correct? Vatuka Bhairava - Mars Mahakala Bhairava - Saturn Kala Bhairava - Lagna (also like Mahavidya Bhairavi) Asitanga Bhairava - ...
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Recitation of rudra sukta and sri rudram at home

What is rudra sukta ? Can rudra sukta or srirudram be recited daily at home while performing routine pooja of shiva linga at home ?
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Which astra or celestial weapon contains the power of Shiva's third eye?

Shiva has many astras that are considered to be very destructive such as the Raudrastra and Pashupatastra. My exact question is which astra or celestial weapon contains the power of Shiva's third eye?
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Is there any form or aspect of Lord Shiva as Lord of speech or knowledge except Lord dakshinamurthy?

Is there any aspect or form of Lord Shiva which is related to knowledge and speech apart from Lord Dakshinamurthy ?
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what is omkar Upasana and how to do it? what's its benefit. if you guys have any reference book which was written on omkar Upasana let me know

what is omkar Upasana and how to do it? what's its benefit. if you guys have any reference book which was written on omkar Upasana let me know.
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How should one worship shivalinga at home

I wish to know about what material of shivling can one have at home. I have read that crystal and narmada shivling are best to be kept at home. At the same time, I have also read that mud shivling is ...
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How will Shiva destroy the universe?

Shiva is said to have been the destroyer whereas Vishnu is the preserver and Brahma is the creator. How will Shiva destroy the universe?
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What are Sadakhya Tattva, Ishwara Tattva, and Suddha Vidya Tattva?

I was going through a book when I came across these terms- Sadakhya Tattva, Ishvara Tattva, Suddha Vidya Tattva. I'm not sure what they mean. The author didn't explain their meanings. Perhaps some ...
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What phase of moon is represented by crescent on the head of Bhagwana Shiva?

As discussed in Why lord Shiva has a crescent moon on his head? and Why is Moon on Lord Shiva's head only shown as crescent?, we know that a crescent is always shown on head of Shiva. It's not a full ...
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How to do om namah shivaya pranayama(shiv panchakshari pranayam)

I have read in shiv mahapuran that in form of pranayam,shiv Panchakshari is 100 times more beneficial. Do somebody know how to do it?
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Are these 2 lines of Shiva Geeta still valid in the Kali Yuga?

Shiva Geeta Chapter 1, verses 9, 10, 11 and 12: नित्याग्निहोत्रिणो विप्राः संति ये गृहमेधिनः त एव सर्वफलदाः सुराणां कामधेनवः [9] भक्ष्यं भोज्यं च पेयं च यद्यदिष्टं सुपर्वणाम अग्नौ हुतेन हविषा ...
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Who possessed Pashupatastra other than Arjuna and Shiva?

Shiva gave Pashupatastra to Arjuna but who possessed it besides those two?
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Ganpati Pujan in Ramacharitamanas during Shiv-Parvati Vivah [duplicate]

There is a doha in Ramacharitmanas in Baal Kaand during Shiv-Parvati Vivah मुनि अनुसासन गणपतिही, पूजेऊ सम्भू-भावनि| कोउ सुनि संसाय करई जनि, सुर अनादि जिय जानि|| But Ganpati was the son of Shiv and ...
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Why is Shiva called as Brahman by Tulasidasji?

Tulasidas ji writes "jeev anek, ek srikanta" Or there are many jivas but only one god, the husband of Shri. So that would imply that one and only God is Lord Rama ie husband of Sri, then why ...
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Is Tripundra mentioned in the Smritis?

I would like to know about whether Tripundra is mentioned in any of the Smritis? Does any Smriti talk about Tripundra? Does any Smriti ask Brahmins to keep Tripundra?
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Clarification for verses 40-46 in Chapter 10 of Shiva Geeta

In Shiva Geeta Chapter 10, Verses 40-46 speak of Jiva Swaroop and Atman and Paramatma in the following way: For the Jiva, in the wakeful state when the enjoyments of Karmas decline, moving away from ...
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Are there any methods to ask one's Ishta for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives with apparently equivalent pros and cons?

Are there any methods enjoined in scripture or the traditional commentaries as to how to ask one's Ishta (chosen personification of god) for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives ...
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Where can I find the meaning in English , of Shree Rudram Laghunyasam?

I have found the meaning of Shree rudram Namakam and Chamakam on net already but The Laghunyasam part is not available with English Meaning or commentary anywhere as I have searched. If anybody can ...
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Significance/ Allowability and examples of adding the Pranava against deities’ names

So as per the Skanda Purana, Śaṁkara Saṁhitā, Śivarahasya khaṇḍa, Skanda as a teacher describes the meaning of the Pranava to Lord Shiva, as his student as: सुब्रह्मण्यों स्वरस्यार्थस्त्वं चाहं च सदा...
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Goddess kubjika importance in trika shaivism

Kubjika important in trika shaivism
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Lord shiva is called shankara, mayobhava, mayaskara,shambhava, etc in vedas. Can i get their description according to shilpashastra

I want description of lord shiva according to different shilpashastra
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Are there Mandalas in Trika Shaivism (like in Tantra Buddhism)?

For example, Lord NilaLohita is surrounded by different forms of Rudra like Bhava, Sarva, Pashupati, Rudra, Mahadeva, and Ishana in different directions in Atharvaveda Vratya Sukta (chapter 15). Are ...
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The yogasutras 1:33 the key to peace is a inspiring verse . Can i get beautiful teachings from tantraloka of sri acharya abhinavagupta

I want beautiful verses which deals with compassion, peace, freindship and humanity of tantraloka in English translation and transliteration
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If Akrodha is considered a virtue, then why most sages and Devtas do not possess it?

Akrodha is a virtue according to Hinduism and Krodha is consider a tamas quality. Absence of anger (akrodha) means being calm even when insulted, rebuked or despite great provocation. Akrodha does not ...
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Ashta Bhairavas. Their mantras and why they were created with scriptural references

Please provide English translation and transliteration
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Are there any living traditions in the tantra and the agama today?

May I request members, if they get the time, to guide on the following: A large number of sampradaya-s in the Tantra and Agama are vanishing/have disappeared, and are now historical details. But ...
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Is there a concept of hell in trika shaivism

Shiva puranas gives a detail account of different hells and cells . Is it relevant in trika shaivism
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For Lay Followers can you give beautiful verses which shows greatness of lord shiva in ishwara and shiva gita . English translation &transliteration

Verses which denotes power, universal form, beauty, greatness and might of shiva
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Are Ashtamurti Swarupa, 11 Rudras, Pancha brahma shiva, Ashta(8) Bhairavas important in trika shaivism

Please give a detailed account of trika beliefs regarding ishwara gita and shiva gita too. Currently I have assimilated some verses from shaiva upanishads and vedas,aranyaka and samhitas in my prayers ...
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There is refuge in buddhism(buddha, dharma,sangha). What is refuge(triratna)in trika shaivism

I know there para apara parapara in trika shaivism but I want a mantra like buddham sharanam gacchami which denotes refuge in buddha. What is refuge(triratna)in trika shaivism . If there is sanskrit ...
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Which out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older?

Which one out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older? I've heard that Shaktism is essentially derived from Shaivism but am not sure how much of that is correct because Shaktism as far as I know has Shakti ...
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Reason behind fight between Gods in Hinduism [closed]

Why there are many stories where one GOD is fighting with another god, I watch a youtube video where Lord Hanumana is Fighting with Lord SHIVA, also, lord shiva fight with Vishnu. Why a god needs to ...
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Why did Mahadeva help Ashwatthama in his heinous endeavour? [duplicate]

Ashwatthama entered the Pandava camp in the dead of the night and massacred the mighty warriors when they were asleep. However, initially, he was stopped at the gate and could not enter the camp. He ...
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Is doing a good deed conscious of the resulting karmic reaction, bad?

If one wants to do some good deeds like feeding stray dogs,and he/she is consciously well aware that they are accumulating good karma based on the karmic law, Does the deed count as good karma?
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Some other incidents by which Rudra's neck become blue due to snake poison?

Krishna explains to Arjuna that Rudra's throat became blue by snake poison. When Rudra addressed himself for the destruction of the triple city belonging to the Asuras, the preceptor of the Asuras, ...
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Does the Satapatha Brahmana actually discuss Shiva and the Daksha Yajna?

There is an incident described in the Śatapatha Brahmana 1.7.4, where the devatas get angry with a certain behaviour of Prajāpati, and consequently Lord Shiva punishes him. The more one reads this ...
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When and why did Lord Shiva punish Vedavyasa?

Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita says Lord Shiva expelled Vedavyasa from Kashi and got him punished through Nandi. O goddess, for the sake of a devotee, I angrily expelled Vyāsa when he had a vicious ...
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Vatuka Bhairava references

Where I can find some scriptural references about Vatuka Bhairava? Where does Vatuka appear the first time?
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Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths?

Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths? If yes, please provide the list and source.
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Is it true that Mother Lakshmi married Lord Vishnu because She thought He was the best? [duplicate]

(I read this long back,so I cannot verify whether this true,even Google searches seem in vain.) Is it true that Mother Lakshmi thought Lord Vishnu was the best among deities,and so wedded Him? I feel ...
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Why does the half-moon symbolize timelessness in Hinduism?

I've often seen Lord Shiva with 'half-moon' on his head which, I was told, as the timelessness of Lord Shiva; meaning Lord Shiva is beyond 'time' or he's the master of time and space as per Hindu ...
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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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Who is god Kala and who was the king released by Lord Shiva from god Kala?

In Skanda Purana Kedara Khanda Chapter 1, There is a mention of a god named Kala who was burnt down and thereafter a king was released. 16-18. Blessed are they, noble-souled are they, who always ...

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