Questions tagged [shiva]

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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Is it true that Indra was a supreme God in Vedic time?

Many Indologists say that Indra is the greatest deity in Rigveda. Is it true that Demi God Indra was greater than Shiva and Vishnu ?
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What are the exact benefits of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?

I want to know about the benefits of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and what are the good times to chant Shiva mantra.
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What is the beejam of Lord Dakshinamurthy?

Every God and Goddess have their beejams. For example, Lord Dattatreya has beejam "Dram". What is Lord Dakshinamurthy beejam?
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Which texts should I read to know about concept of energy and Shakti?

Which texts should I read to know about concept of energy and Shakti? Also, which text is referred to write the information in the picture above? Which song is being sung in the video. Youtube Video ...
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Which Shiva mantras can be chanted without initiation?

I have heard that nama japa can be chanted without initiation. If this is true, then can someone advise such mantras?
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Is it mandatory to chant laghunyasam before chanting Sri Rudram?

I would like to know Is it mandatory to chant laghunyasam before chanting Sri Rudram?
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Was Manasa the daughter of Shiva or sage Kashyapa?

I am little confused here, I thought Manasa was the daughter of Shiva but wiki says she was daughter of sage Kashayapa: The Puranas are the first scriptures to speak about her birth. They declare ...
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Mention of Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi as Masik Shivratri Tithi in Hindu Shastras other than Skanda Purana?

Aside from one previous reference I found in the Skanda Purana (What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?) is there any additional reference to Masik (monthly) Shivratri in the Hindu ...
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History behind Daridraya Dukha Dahana Shiva Stotram?

I was listening to this stotram on YouTube. Wanted to know more about it! For knowledge sake just wanted to know some facts about it for instance: Who wrote it and when? What was the prime reason ...
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Mantra, Stotras on Nataraja, Dakshinamurty?

Is There Any Mantra, Stotra, Sukta..etc..anything related to Nataraja, Dakshinamurty..etc..especially connected to Apasmara.. What is the story, Is Apasmara under Dakshinamurty OR Nataraja...Want to ...
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Lord Kartikeya Origins

I recently was reading on Wikipedia : Kartikeya is an ancient god, traceable to the Vedic era. Archaeological evidence from 1st-century CE and earlier,[9] where he is found with Hindu god Agni (fire),...
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Do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent Cosmic Energy, Cosmic Space and Cosmic Time?

Are there any interpretations of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva representing Cosmic Energy, Cosmic Space and Cosmic Time? If not, what exactly do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent symbolically?
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Condensed form of Shaiva Purana

Just wondering if there are any works like Narayaneeyam which is a condensed version of Srimad Bhagavatham, similar to Purana of Lord shiva, Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, etc., in Sanskrit language?
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Significance of 79 in Hinduism? [closed]

They all are located at 79° longitudes. What is surprising and awesome is that how the architects of these temples many hundreds of kilometers apart came up with these precise locations without GPS or ...
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What is the background story behind the creation of Sri Rudra Kavacham by sage Durvasa?

What is the background story behind the creation of Sri Rudra Kavacham by sage Durvasa? Who was he telling it to? It is found in the Skanda Purana.
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The other bow of Shiva - Ajagava

Lord Shiva had 2 bows - Pinaka and Ajagava. There are few stories associated with the first bow Pinaka like Sita swayamvar. Are there any distinct stories/incidents associated with Ajagava that have ...
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References of Santatita Kala

Where is the exact reference about Santatita Kala in the Saivagamas? Please provide scriptural references.
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Is it true that Ravana was invited when Rama established a Shiva Lingam in Rameshwaram? [duplicate]

I keep hearing a story which follows as Rama needed a bridge to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. He decided to conduct a Yagna to worship Lord Shiva at Rameshwaram. As he ...
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Siva Purana Transliteration - Not the same as Translation

Are there any Siva Purana books with english Transliteration? This is not the same as translation. This would be the Sanskrit sloka written in english. I could only find this book, but thats only the ...
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Lord Shiva wearing Rudraksha

How many Rudraksha Lord Pashupati is wearing over the Wrists (lower and higher near the shoulders) and is there any reference over the Scriptures about it?
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Was Sudarshan Chakra given by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Many puranas says that Lord Shiva had given Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. But what epics like Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata says about it? Does anybody had created it? Who was the creator of ...
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Why is Om believed as Pranav mantra? although humming sound Mmm.. in the AUM chant is the Pranav/moola mantra

Mmm, the humming sound of a bee, is the Pranava mantra. This is the sound of our Pranan or breathing. That's why it is called Pranava - the sound of breathing. Why is this fact not preached? Often ...
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What is the story of Kakabhusundi [duplicate]

When I searched for Kakabhusundi on wikipedia, it was written that ----- The conversations happen between Shiva and Parvati, Sages Bharadwaj and Yajnavalkya and finally Kakbhushundi and the king of ...
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Akash verses Earth verses

Are there aNY verses present in Yajur or Sama or Atharvana verses on Akasha mainly or earth?, not Rig appreciate your response
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Exiting from the cycle of rebirth according to Saivism

In the Buddhist tradition , starting from Gautama, The Buddha opened a way to practically exit from Samsara. What about the Saivism? It is said that Shiva can grant to the devotee liberation from the ...
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Where is the oldest sculpture of Shiva in world?

Where is the oldest sculpture of lord Shiva situated, or was the oldest one destroyed during attacks from other nations? How old is the sculpture?
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Does this sculpture of Lord Shiva really exist somewhere?

Does this sculpture of Lord Shiva really exist somewhere? Or is this only a painting. I found it online many weeks ago and have been awe-struck by its sheer beauty. I would like to visit the place ...
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Does the Adiyogi of Sadhguru have a scriptural basis

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has a large following in India and abroad. His main sculptural work is the Adiyogi Statue in Velliangiri hills, Coimbatore. Does the Statue have any Sthala purana or is it ...
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Which form of god is referred to as Dhanakapuri Dakurnath in Hinduism?

I was curious about the origin of the name Dakurnath, specifically. It is my priest's given name after my birth and initiation to a Hindu family. I googled it and found google book like 'Dhanakapuri ...
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Are the Pandavas the sons of Gods, or Gods themselves?

I am currently reading the Mahabharata, (Adi Parva) by Bibek Debroy, and it has a Chapter called the Vaivahik Parva, which explains how the Pandavas came to be. The relevant section has been explained ...
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Story where rishi Durvasa cursed Mother Saraswati

In particular, I'm looking for the story, where rishi Durvasa cursed mother Saraswati, because he couldn't pronounce something that lord brahma had taught him and mother Saraswati laughed at him when ...
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Where all, in Hinduism, can we find connection with modern scientific ideas? [duplicate]

Hinduism, in my knowledge, has a lot of philosophical ideas that staggeringly matches modern science. I've heard (in various stories, which i don't remember) some mentions of infinity (Lord Shiva's ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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Siva Sahasra Nama Strota translation

I’m searching for an English translation of the following Shiva Sahasra Nama Stotram https://www.vignanam.org/veda/shiva-sahasra-nama-stotram-english.html Can anyone provide a reference? thank you!
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Shiva Tandava Stotram [duplicate]

I am trying to write an article on the origin and meaning of Shiva Tandava Stotram for the general audience. I know the basic background story of how Ravana wanted to impress Lord Shiva and how this ...
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Origin of Shiva aavahan mantra?

The Shiva Aavahan mantra recites: शिव आह्वाहन मंत्र ॐ मृत्युंजय परेशान जगदाभयनाशन । तव ध्यानेन देवेश मृत्युप्राप्नोति जीवती ।। वन्दे ईशान देवाय नमस्तस्मै पिनाकिने । आदिमध्यांत रूपाय मृत्युनाशं करोतु ...
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Can you reverse a diksha?

I took a shiva diksha today at my local temple. I have been a non-vegetarian all of my life. Today the priest at the local temple who initiated me told me that I had to give up eating meat. I agreed ...
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Are Shiva , Vishnu and Brahma non vedic Gods?

I got to know that Shiva is non Vedic god that got assimiliated into mainstream hinduism on the Puranic age. Are Vishnu and Brahma also non Vedic gods? As those three are considered manifestation of ...
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Are there any Puranic or other references / pictures to Shiva having Five-headed Vasuki?

Are There any Puranic or other references / pictures to Shiva having Five-headed Vasuki? Or for Lingam or Amba. Appreciate Your help!
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Shiv Lingam Position

What is the correct orientation of a domestic Shiv Lingam? Where the Yoni should face? Any position is formally allowed or should be positioned for example facing North or South? In this case , can ...
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the problems with an unchanging Atma in Advaita Vedanta?

The Samkhyas,wich influenced every major Hindu theology,asserted a static cause.a static Cause is logically unfathomable,and if it were the case that a static cause could exist,its effect to would be ...
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Was baby head and elephant's body joined after Lord Ganesha was created by Shiva?

This video from a movie where he explains that baby head and elephant body was joined to form a God called Hanesha, is this story true? Video Link regarding God Hanesha from a movie Is this story ...
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Does the word Shiva have different meanings and interpretation in different texts?

Upon reading the insightful answer What is the meaning of the word Shiva I was both enlightened as well as perplexed. In the answers, various references to different texts give different meanings to ...
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what happened when the Devas asked who are you to Lord Shiva?

The Shiva Gita has the following slokas: मंदरं प्रययुः सर्वे मम प्रियतरं गिरिम् । स्तुत्वा प्राञ्जलयो देवा मां तदा पुरतः स्थिताः ॥ ८॥ तान्दृष्ट्वाथ मया देवान् लीलाकुलितचेतसः । तेषामपहृतं ...
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Cutting Bael tree branches, Sin?

I have a Bael tree in my home ,every year the branches encroaching on the outside public road , we have no option but to cut the branches, does doing so is direct invitation to some misfortune..
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Is Hinduism related to Jainism? [duplicate]

I see a lot of stuff that sort of show that Jainism is related to Hinduism.For example, Was Parsvanatha, the 23rd tirthankara of Jainism, an avatar of Lord Shiva? Asks if Parsvanath, the 23rd ...
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purity of soul according to gita

I have gone through some translation of the following verses of the shiva gita: तस्यैवांशो जीवलोके हृदये प्राणिनां स्थितः । विस्फुलिङ्गा यथा वह्नेर्जायन्ते काष्ठयोगतः ॥ २८॥ अनादिकर्मसंबद्धास्तद्वदंशा ...
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In Ramayan, where is it mentioned that Atikaya held the trident of Lord Shiva?

There is a story that says that once Atikaya went to Kailash and for some reason Lord Shiva got angry and he released his powerful trident on Atikaya. However, Atikaya caught hold of the trident and ...
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Importance of penance in life

I have been once informed by my GURUDEV that everything one gains in life is because of some or the other penance performed earlier,i.e., we have enjoyments at the cost of losing something or being ...
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not understood slokas of the shiva gita

I was reaching some mid part of the shiva gita, and I reached sloka 15 of the second adhyaya, which says: अमूर्तः पुरुषः पूर्णो द्रष्टा देही स जीविनः । या तन्वङ्गी मृदुर्बाला मलपिण्डात्मिका जडा ॥ १५॥ ...

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