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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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Does any scripture refer to Brahma of five faces?

I have always seen references to Brahma of 4 faces (caturmukha Brahma). There is a story of Siva cutting off one of Brahma's heads - which means that he must have been pancamukha (5-headed) before ...
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Why is the greatest Vaishnava a Tamasic entity per Vaishnavites?

there is a famous verse in Srimad Bhagavatam, a "satvika" purana, that says Just as Ganga among rivers, Achyuta among gods, Shambu among Vaishnavas, This (Bhagavatam) is the same among Puranas. ...
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Who is the supreme God in Swaminarayan Sampradaya?

Swaminarayan Sampradaya claims itself to be a Vaishnava association. But unlike other Vaishnavas it prefers a rather Smartha way of worshipping all deities equally. So my question is who is the ...
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What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? [duplicate]

What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? A temple, mount Kailasha, swarga, etc? Does any scripture talk about Shiva's most sacred spot according to him?
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How the war between Lord Shiva & andhaka had taken place?

I know what happened as per puranas , but does Mahabharata also mentions the same or different? How andhaka had taken birth, did he wanted to be husband of goddess parvati? At last how the war ...
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staying awake during shivaratri

It seems people seem to be mentioning benifits of staying awake during the MahaShivatri festival. What is the time in the morning till which they have to stay awake? Does it end after midnight 12 o'...
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How to energize Rudraksha?

So recently I got a four-faced Rudraksha which I am planning to wear on MahaShivaratri. But it is said that it should be first energized before wearing. How can I do that by myself?
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History of “Daridrya Dahan ShivaStotram”

Sage Vashistha created this beautiful stotram in praise of lord Shiva. You can read it in Sanskrit on this website https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_shiva/daaridryadahan.html?lang=sa And, the stotra ...
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Why is monday considered an important day in Shaivism?

Monday is usually thought of as a holy day dedicated to Shiva. Why is it so? Is there any significane of monday according to our Shastras?
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Can anyone describe me about the look of Krishna, Shiva & Parvati as per Mahabharata?

I know there are many descriptions from puranas but I want to know as per Mahabharata that how Krishna, Shiva & Parvati does looks? What are their physical features & descriptions ? How was ...
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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Why is Shiva also known as Mahakala?

Shiva is known by various names like Mahadeva and Shambhu.There is another term used for Shiva that is Mahakala. I would like to know if Mahakala is only a name for Shiva or another form of Him. Also ...
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Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
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Which Shaiva sampradayas do twelve Jyotirlinga adhere to?

The Jyotirlingas are twelve of most holiest tirthas for Shaivas. They are - Somnath in Gir Somnath, Gujarat Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh Mahakaleswar in Ujjain, Madhya ...
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What is the story of Ashokasundari, third child of Lord Shiva and Parvati?

Kartikeya and Ganesh are two commonly known sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati, but very few know that they had three kids. When and how did that third child Ashokasundari born? What is the full story ...
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Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is an Avatar of Lord Shiva? [duplicate]

Is it true that "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a medieval suggestion? Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar? I ask about: whether "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a ...
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Shiva Temple structure

Why does only very few temples have ADHIKARA NANDHI. What's the procedure to pray and story behind it. Could someone explain please.
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Stories about Rudrani and meaning of Hreem

Can you please give me some rare and interesting stories about Rudrani in particular? Also why is Devi said to be the embodiment of Hreem?
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does sri rudram say Rudra rides a bull?

namo babhlushaya in Shri Rudram anuvaka 2-what does truly mean in sanskrit?is it saying he rides a bull? what does babhlu mean?
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Did Lord Shiva write a stotram of Shri Krishna while coming to meet him at Gokula?

Is there any Stotram of Shri Krishna which Mahadev wrote and sing for the beauty of Baby Shri Krishna (BalKrishna) while coming to meet him in Gokula.
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Why Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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Why should the absolute Brahman of Shaiva be Shiva and of Vaishnava be Vishnu?

Absolute Brahman resembles One possibility of Perfection, not all possible Perfections, i.e: He is surely Perfect, but resembles One mode (model) of Perfection. Absolute Brahman is One. The ...
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Why god Shiva does tapas and expiatory wanderings?

Why god Shiva does tapas and expiatory wanderings if he is the Supreme or one of the Godhead?. Did he do mistakes or wrongdoings, thus he exposes to karma laws?
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How Lord Shiva can be defeated by someone?

I have read that as per Mahabharata (Anushashana parva) where upamanyu says that - there was no deity like Shiva , there was no refuge like Shiva. There is no one who can give so many boons like him &...
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Was deed of Indra in demolishing the citadels of gold, silver, and iron, of Danavas, source for the story of destruction of 3 cities by Shiva?

In this answer, the deeds of Indra was described. There was an Āsuri, daughter of Prajāpati, Vikunthā by name. She, desiring a son like Indra, performed very severe austerities. She then ...
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Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation?

Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation? Many verses say only Brahman existed before creation. But what about Brahma and Shiva?
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Is Shiva not freed of sin?

I found a verse in shatpath brahman:- “Pragâpati said to him [Rudra], 'My boy, why do you cry, when you are born out of labor and trouble?' He said, 'Nay, but I am not freed from sin; I have no ...
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Who is Anāśritaśiva mentioned in the article?

Quoting from Swami Lakshmanjoo Maharaj's article on Why the cycle of the universe is Lord Shiva’s energy: “Brahmā, Viṣṇu, Rudra, Iśvara, Sadāśiva and Anāśritaśiva, govern the six states of ...
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Is lord Shiva himself of tamasic guna or he presides only over tamasic guna of the creations?

Is lord Shiva himself of tamasic guna, i.e: he himself has tamasic guna, or he presides only over tamasic guna of people?.
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What is the exact story of Lord Shiva & five Indras? [duplicate]

What was the exact story behind Lord Shiva & five previous Indras as per Mahabharata ? What was happened to them? What happened to the current Indra? How Lord Shiva had punished them?
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Did Krishna or Rama ever worship Narayana/Vishnu?

It seems that incarnations of Lord vishnu always worship Lord shiva. Is it because it is embarrassing to worship themselves?Or because shiva being their kula Daivam? Or Is it because shiva is the same ...
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Is there any dhyana shloka which mentions Lord Shiva's colour as shyam? [duplicate]

At many places, Shiva's colour is mentioned white as karpoor or silver. But, there are many images of Lord Shiva where he is depicted in same colour as of Lord Vishnu. So, is there any dhyana ...
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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 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 The Sage 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? [closed]

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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