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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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Sri Rudram and other mantras in Pada Patha

Namaskar! Is there some place in which I can find audio files of the Sri rudram and other mantras in Pada Patha (Sometimes called Moola patha)? Here is the Ganapati Prarthana in many different Pathas ...
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Where is thiru chei nallur? [on hold]

Thiruchei nallur is the place for chandikeswarar. Where is it located near Kumbakonam?
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What is the scriptural source of the DHYANA SLOKA of Sri Padmanabha Swami?

What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Padmanabha Swami as shown in the enclosed image? Why is Shiva shown in Linga Form and not in His original form while all other deities are in ...
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Shiva and Mohini [duplicate]

I am more interested in knowing why did the incident between Shiva and Mohini happen. Is it merely to accept Homosexuality in Hinduism? He says the seed did not take fruition, but was Lord Ayyappa ...
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Why do Lord Vishnu's incarnations worship Lord Shiva?

In Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, Lord Vishnu tells Lord Shiva- 'O powerful Rudra,in every age in My different incarnations I too shall worship you to delude the demons. Following these doctrines,...
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How did shiva get the name Trikagni kaala?

Shiva stotram has a beautiful stanza at the ending which goes: Namaste astu bhagwan vishweshwaraya, mahadevaya, tryambakya, tripurantakaya, TRIKAGNIKALAYA, kalagni rudraya, neelkanthaya, ...
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Which scriptures describe the Dupahariya flower? [closed]

I was reading an ayurvedic book so i need to know about the flower Dupahariya .I can't tell you all the name of the book as shiva told not to tell anyone about this in that tantra. What Hindu ...
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Shiva and Brahma's severed head

I came across this video on youtube, which mentions Shiva's dance after severing Brahma's fifth head and being explained the nature of what was created; can this story be found in any scripture? ...
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What's exact “ShukropAsita Mrityunjaya Mantra”?

Can someone tell me the exact "ShukropAsita Mrityunjaya Mantra" which is the combination of mrutyunjay mantra and gayatri mantra?
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What is the reason of this two Shivas under Kali?

In some images we see two Shivas under Goddess Kali and in some images She stand on a single Shiva. What is the scriptural reference of the two Shivas ?
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Why Lord Shiva called as Samvatsarakara?

In Shiva Sahasranāmstrotram, one of names of Shiva is Samvatsarakara. Why is he called so? Is/Was there a calendar associated with Lord Shiva?
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Whose Idol is this?

In the Sri Sri Taraknath temple,Tarakeswar, West Bengal (a very very famous Shiva Temple of Bengal), an idol with two hands holding a trident is seen just beside the anadi-linga of Baba Taraknath. So ...
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Why Lord Shiva consume Kanjaa or some other drugs? [duplicate]

A person who is more than all and if he consider as supreme by all, doesn't fall love on anything by nature.But Lord Shiva loves to consume drugs. My question is that is he consume drug for a bad ...
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Can someone explain this Mudra being done by Ramakrishna Paramhansa in Samadhi?

"Ramakrishna in bhava samadhi at the house of Keshab Chandra Sen. He is seen supported by his nephew Hriday and surrounded by brahmo devotees." Can any scholar here, identify this hand Mudra done ...
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Shiva? [duplicate]

I heard that Hanumaan and Ashwathama were incarnations of lord Shiva. What were the other forms of Him?
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Who is this God in the picture?

I found the below pic in a Facebook post. I know the middle one is Kartikeya and right end one Lord Ganesha. But who is the God in the picture who is seated on the lap of Lord Shiva at the left end ?
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Tripurasur was actually Mohammad [duplicate]

According to Shiv Puran here is as it goes: Tripura Tarakasura had three sons named Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha and Viryavana. These three began to perform tapasya. For a hundred years they meditated ...
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Does every Lords including Lord Shiva worship each other in different scriptures? Why? [duplicate]

Does every Form of God worship Other Forms like Shakti worships Vishnu and Vishnu worships Shakti? Is it true for Lord Shiva also? What is the reason?
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On chastity of gods [closed]

Tilottama was born to kill the twin brothers Sunda-Upasunda and when Shiva first sees her, he's captivated by her beauty and develops many heads on each side so he can keep looking at her. Why do ...
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Did anyone ever receive Lord Shiva's Trishul as a boon?

In Hindu mythology,different weapons have been received from Lord Shiva.But I was wondering if there is any mention of anyone receiving Lord Shiva's Trishul as a boon.
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Why should one not whisper in Nandi's ears?

I visited the ancient Lord Shiva temple in the lane of Mahalaxmi temple in Mumbai, As I started whispering in the ears of Nandi, the pujari there told that me that we should never whisper in his ears ...
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What is the postion of Lord Shiva as per Srimad-Bhagavatam

I read somewhere that Lord Shiva is regarded as a devotee of Sri Krishna as per Srimad-Bhagavatam.The name of Shiva or Rudra is mentioned as a name of the Para-Brahman in many parts of the Vedas. ...
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Age of River Vaigai

During Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, Ganga is supposed to have flown out Lord Sundareshwarar's locks (Lord Shiva) to quench Gundotharan's thirst. And this stream came to be known as Vaigai. Meenakshi ...
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Which one of these two mantras is more powerful?

This was new for me when I heard the mantra: Aum Namah Shakti Shivay Normally we chant: Aum Namah Shivay My questions: For knowledge sake I would like to read references from our scriptures ...
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Is Dwarapalaga in Shiva temples is Nataraja?

In certain Shiva temples I have seen Nataraja posture idol as Dwarapalaga at entrace of Shiva linga sannadhi. Is it Nataraja being Dwarapalaga or is it just a posture? What Shaiva agama says about ...
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Is worship of Lord Hanuman associated with Vaishnavism or Shaivism?

Lord Hanuman, as we know is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama (Lord Vishnu's incarnation). But at the same time He is said to be Lord Shiva's incarnation. So is Hanuman worship more associated with ...
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Why according to Vyasadeva, Shaiva-mata is inconsistent with the Vedas?

In our Vedas/ Upanishads, Vishnu/Narayana, Shiva/Rudra and Uma/Devi are all names of the Supreme Godhead. They same holds for different Puranas also. Why does then Vyasadeva declare the Shaiva Mata ...
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Does Shiva have avataras? [duplicate]

Since Shiva resides in Kailasa (which is on Earth I think), does he have avataras? For example, is his test of Arjuna, where he blesses him with the Pasupata-astra considered an avatara?
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What does Sri Ramanuja mean by saying "Pasupati-Mata' is 'Anadaraniya'?

According to Sri Ramanujacharya, 'pasupati-mata' is non-adorable as it is against the Vedas: "pasupati-matasya vedavirodhaad asaamanjyasyaad cha anaadaraniyaa iti uchyate" (Ref: Mahaprabhu Sri ...
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Did Shiva ever give back the power all the other Gods gave him to destroy the Tripuras?

Chapter 34 Karna Parva of Mahabharata contains the legend of destruction of Tripuras. It is said that all Gods gave power to Shiva. "'"Sthanu said, 'All your foes should be slain. But, I shall not ...
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Do the demons ever try to conquer Brahma loka or Shiva loka?

When Daitya Hiranyakashipu conquered the universe, he conquered up till Swarga. Text 13: O my dear King, Hiraṇyakaśipu was always drunk on strong-smelling wines and liquors, and therefore his ...
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Is there any instance of Shiva showing his vishwaroopa in the Mahabharata?

In Mahabharata, Krishna/Vishnu shows his viswaroopa 4 times. Is there a similar instance of Shiva showing his viswaroopa? Question is specific to Mahabharata.
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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Which scripture contains the event of Shiva beheading Vinayaka?

Consider the sequence of events : Parvati making Vinayaka, Vinayaka disallowing Shiva, Shiva beheading Vinayaka, Shiva joining Elephant's head on Vinayaka's body, etc., Which scripture contains this ...
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Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu

Is it bad if a devotee of Lord Shiva would like to worship Lord Vishnu at the same time?
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Why should prasad offered to a shivling not be consumed?

I have heard from a few sources that the Prasad offered to Shivling should not be consumed by us. On searching stackexchange I found this post "Can devotees drink Abhishekam water" which talks about ...
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Which one of Vedas has referred to Dhyanalinga consecrated by Sadhguru?

In Sadhguru : A Life, one of his disciples mentioned a priest in Trichy mentioning Dhyanalinga is consecrated by a Grihasta Yogi, and he remembers reading about this in one of the Vedas. Does anybody ...
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Is there any name customarily associated with Siva/Rudra that Vaishnavites would not claim also applies to Vishnu?

They seem to claim that Satarudriyam is dedicated to Vishnu or Narasimha (but i doubt if they would recite it). Rudra and Siva are of course names of Vishnu in the Vishnusahasranama. Svetasvatara ...
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What is the status Of Rudra's alleged delusion by Krishna?

There is a claim that Krishna has stated in the Mahabharata that he has illusioned Rudra and others: http://www.vrindavana.net/academy/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/visnu-sahasra-nama-baladeva-I.pdf ...
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Can Vaishnavas worship other Gods(anya devata)? [duplicate]

Generally Vaishnavas don't worship Gods other Sri Vishnu and His incarnations(Swaminarayan Sampradaya being a notable exception).Is there any mention in scriptures if the worship of anya devata is ...
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Do the long term actions of Avataras survive the end of the respective Avataras?

There is a claim that Krishna has stated in the Mahabharata that he has illusioned Siva and others: http://www.vrindavana.net/academy/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/visnu-sahasra-nama-baladeva-I.pdf ...
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Why does the Srimad-Bhagavatam say that mumkshus reject worsipping of the fierce forms of God?

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1/2/26 says: mumukṣavo ghora-rūpān hitvā bhūta-patīn atha nārāyaṇa-kalāḥ śāntā bhajanti hy anasūyavaḥ English Translation: Those who want salvation reject the fierce ...
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Correct Trayakshar Mrityunjaya mantra

Which is the correct Trayakshar Mrityunjaya Mantra- Om Haum Joom Sah OR Om Joom Sah
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What is the Shiva Stuti?

What is the Shiva Stuti? Please explain what the Shiva Stuti is.
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How do mantras works?

I am practicing the mantra "om namo vagawate rudrays" this days, but although i feel the peace inside after chanting them for few minutes like 15-20 minutes with full devotion. My mind keeps asking ...
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Does goddess Lalita have her own loka?

I have heard about Vaikuntha for Vishnu etc.. Does devi Lalita and Lord Shiva have separate regions/lokas outside this mortal world? What is the name?
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Will I get Moksha if I commit suicide?

Ramayan preached by Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao garu. As per Ramayan, those who listen to Ramayan will get Moksha (Phala sruthi I.e. fruits of listening). Not only the one who listened, family member ...
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Does Moksha Dharma Parva contain this alleged quotation from it?

In an answer to the question How were the Trimurthi born? The following material is quoted: ' As Krishna says in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, "The ancestors of civilization, and entities ...
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What are the legends behind Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaikuntha_Chaturdashi never heard of it till I stumbled on the wiki article. So what are the legends behind celebrating Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?
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Is Adi Shankaracharya partial avatar of Siva? [duplicate]

Is it true that Adi Shankaracharya is an Ansavatar of Siva?