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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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What is the meaning of Shivay?

We know Shiv is the lord. But it is not clear what is meant by Shivay ? My question is : What is the meaning of Shivay ?
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What is the significance of number 3?

This three is more significant in all religions too. In Vishnu temples - for Brahmans, they give 3 times the tulasi jalam, Shiva has trishool, Nadis - Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, EYES = 3 - Pituitary ...
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On whom does Lord Rudra meditating in Kailash? Any reference to scriptures about it?

We have seen Lord Rudra in Kailash sitting firmly in deep meditation. Does anyone of us have come across on whom does he meditate? He meditates on Parabrahman or whom?
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How are the River, Vimana and Sthala Vruksha appropriately associated with respective temples?

The divyadesams of Vishnu has a connection comprising River, Vimana and Sthala vruksha. Example God Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam temple has cauvery as river, Vimana is Ranga Vimana and Sthala Vruksha [...
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Whose skull is in Siva’s necklace that Virabhadra mentioned to Narsimha?

Virabhadra while trying to subdue Narasimha mentions about some form of Vishnu leaving his skull in Siva’s necklace during Kurma avatar. Which story Virabhadra is referencing about? This is mentioned ...
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What is the story of Shiva fighting Rama and Hanuman?

This page mentions a battle between Lord Rama and Shiva at the time of the Ashwamedh Yagnya and states that it is from the Shiva Purana: A war that went unnoticed among us. Shiva Purana mentions a ...
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How to consider Lord Dakshinmurthy as my Guru?

It is said that if a person doesn't have a Guru, then they can consider and worship Lord Dakshinamurthy as their Guru. Is there any ritual or mantra to do so?
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Did Lord Shiva first teach Tripura rahasya to Lord Vishnu or his avatar Dattatreya?

Tripura Rahasya is considered as one of the important books that expounded advaita vedanta philosophy. As per the introduction given in the book "Tripura Rahasya" by Sri Munagala S. Venkataramaiah ...
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How to do Prana Pratishtana of Shiv Lingam?

Recently I got a Shiva Lingam for my home altar. Since its not a Swaymbhu or Banalinga, It must first be energized through Prana Pratishtana. But I do not know the method and mantras for doing the ...
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Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? and why could not he save his own son (Ganesha) from curse? [duplicate]

Kashyapa cursed Shiva: "Just as you pierced my son's chest with a trident, your son's head will be chopped off one day," said Kashyapa. My question is, Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? ...
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Importance of using ḍamaru-hasta and trident in Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva using ḍamaru-hasta and Trident almost we aware of it. However, When the ḍamaru are using by Shiva that means in which situation he is using the Damaru-hasta Who is given or when he is have ...
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Which scripture says Shiva first created Brahma-Vishnu and delegated rest of the creation to them? [duplicate]

I watched a serial that narrates how Shiva created Vishnu and Brahma to create and save Earth and all the souls. I have not read this in any of the scriptures but could someone point me to the source ...
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How does the mudra connect the the little red snake with the Bindu

Who knows the hand mudra that is used when uniting the little red snake Maha Kundalini Sakti with the red Bindu ?!( This works for me ](https://i.stack.imgur.com/9oyVj.jpg)( The triple eyed double ...
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How Ekadashi is performed in Shiva Temples?

In vaishnava Temples Ekadashi is performed as by Vaishnava sampradaya. Is there is any instructions about how to perform Ekadashi in Shiva temples in any Puranas/ Sacred books?
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Why did lord Shiva choose Mount Kailash (earth) as his abode?

Neither Vishnu nor Brahma stay on the earth but why did lord Shiva choose Mount Kailash ( which is on earth) as his abode?
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Shiva Linga realization

The Shiva Linga is sybolized in stone as an external object of worship. Can the true Shiva Linga be seen within the body of man via the minds eye?
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Why is Hanuman considered as a partial avatara of Lord Shiva as opposed to a full avatara?

HanumAn is said to be an ansha avatar of Lord Shiva. With an ansha avatar being defined as a partial avatar. Where is the proof of HanumAn being a ansha avatar from the hindu scriptures?
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Can someone provide a link to verses and their respective English translation of Brihad-Jabala & Bhasma-jabala Upanishad

Can someone provide link to verse to verse translations of Brihad Jabala Upanishad and Bhasma Jabala Upanishad There should be verse in Sanskrit with corresponding translation in English.
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What is the mantra for Shiva and Parvati equivalent to “SITA RAM” and “RADHA KRISHNA”?

Even Vishnu has mantras like "OM LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAMAHA" but what is the famous mantra for the couple SHIVA/PARVATI?
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Can one worship Lord Shiva after smoking weed?

I am immersed in devotion after smoking weed. Can I worship Lord Shiva after smoking weed? Or it will be worship of weed not Shiva?
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Is Om namah shivaya mantra in Atharva Veda , SamaVeda or RigVeda? [duplicate]

If Om Namah Shivaya given in AtharvaVeda, SamaVeda or Rig Veda then please share the verse.
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Was Seeta ji born as a blessing from Shiva?

We know that Shri Rama took birth to rid the three worlds of the tyranny of Ravana. But I recently came across a verse in the Valmiki Ramayan that says that Seeta was also born for the same purpose! ...
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When did Vishnu destroy trident of Shiva?

Vishnu Sahasranama stotram consist of thousand names of Lord Vishnu. The most popular one is from Anushasana parva of Mahabharata which was said by Bhishma to Yudhishtira. But there are other versions ...
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Is Sai Baba an incarnation? If so, of Shiva, Vishnu or Rama?

Some people say Sai Baba is an avatar of Shiva while others say it's either Vishnu or Rama. What is the official position (if any) on this? Does Sai Satcharitra mention anything about this?
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Linguistic connection between Rudra and Marudgaṇa

I'm wondering if the rud portion of Rudra is etymologically connected to the rut portion of Marut. My understanding is that rudra literally means "howl" or "roar" and marút means "wind," "air," or "...
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Is Shiva lingam mentioned in Vedas?

If so, please provide the verses. It would also be helpful if you provide a link.
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If some of the early Alwars used to consider Venkateswara as Shiva and Vishnu both then what's the proof of it?

Venkateswara, AFAIK, is a form of Lord Vishnu. And, Alwars a group of Tamil Vaishnavite saints. But, the article, Sri Venkateswara on the Kamakotimandali.org, says that initially, the Alwars used to ...
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Worshipping Lord Sharabha in Tantra

According to Shiva Puran, Lord Shiva had to take avatar of Sharabha to stop Lord Narasimha from destroying whole universe out of anger after killing Hiranyakshipu. His power is intolerable for a ...
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Is Sati meeting with Rama a form of time travel?

In the Shiva purana it is mentioned that Sati went to see Rama. Is this a form of time travelling to the future as Rama did not exist when Sati was alive?
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Is Panduranga the name of Lord Shiva?

As most people may know, Panduranga-पांडुरंग is another name of Vithoba, who is a Hindu god predominantly worshipped in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and ...
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What is the story behind the famous Shiva linga of Amarnath, India?

is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean when he says there are 5 gurus in Vaishnava tradition?

In Kularnava Tantra. Chapter 13, Lord Shiva talks about guru and his characteristics. He says following verse : śaive gurutrayaṃ proktaṃ vaiṣṇave guru pañcakaṃ vedaśāstreṣu sataso gururekaṃ ...
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Is Duryodhana awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva?

I want to know if there is any reference in our puranas saying that Duryodhana is awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva. The reason for his birth is a boon to Rakshashas or something along ...
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What are the Scriptural Recitals During Shukravara Chandramaulishwara Puja?

What are Parayanams(Scriptural Recitals) of Chandramaulishwara Puja held every Friday at Shringeri Sharada Peetham? Apart from Rudra Prashna and Durga Suktam?
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What do scriptures say about Lake Manasarovar?

I have heard it said that Lord Shiva abides in yoga on Mt. Kailash and that darśana thereof destroys attachment to delusion. I found information about Mt. Kailash in the question How is Mount Kailash,...
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Are Shiva & Vishnu etymologically connected?

It has always struck me as interesting, or perhaps odd, that the root phonemes of Shiva, [sh]+[v], are the reverse of the root phonemes of Vishnu, [v]+[sh]. Is there any accounting for this?
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Which scriptures mention Siva beheading Brahma?

This is not the same as Rudra stabbing Prajapati at the request of the other Gods for his incest with his daughter.
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Which scripture does Pillai Lokacharya reference in which Shiva enjoins his devotees to offer human sacrifice?

In Pillai Lokacharya's Prapanna Paritrana, Shiva is said to enjoin his devotees to offer human sacrifice. Nor again is Rudra any better. For he is to begin with the Destroyer par excellence. Water ...
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Do some people have more Grace of God and some have less?

There are millions of people in world, some are more successful and reach their goals while some try hard to reach their goals or there favorable profession, but fail to; or some people are more ...
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What scriptures describe Shiva discussing selling salt in the Banasura story?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Siva sankalpa mantra meanings

I'm interested to know the meaning of Siva sankalpa mantras. In particular the following two mantras: एका च दश शतं च सहस्रं चायुतं च नियुतं च प्रयुतं चार्बुदं च नयर्बुदं च तन्मे मनः शिव संकल्पमस्तु ...
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Why did lord Shiva defeat Arjuna in Mahabharata?

When Pandavas went into exile, Arjuna was searching for divyastra. That time Lord Shiva met him in a disguise. He fought with Arjuna and then Arjuna was defeated by Lord Shiva. Why did he fight with ...
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Was Shiva a minor god during Vedic times?

I know Lord Shiva is one of the Trinity. A lot of temples dedicated to him especially in South India. The god is worshipped by millions. But I came across a link which is about a different proposition....
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Does God really care about us?

When i read about horrific massacres against hindus during 1400 years of islamic invasion, i wonder if there is a bhagwan or does he really care about his devotees.Why he didnt punish muslims, where ...
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Is it true that lord Vishnu gave his own eye to lord Shiva?

Lord Vishnu was worshipping of Lord Shiva and he was also anointed with 1,000 Lotus flower on the shivalinga. In the end, when he saw that a one Lotus flower was less then he could not get out of the ...
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In which all scriptures Om Namah Shivaya mantra is present?

Please share the list of scriptures as well as the exact place and link of the scriptures "Om Namah Shivaya" mantra is present.
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Has Siva spoken in favor of the varnashrama system?

What has Siva said about the caste or varna system?
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What are some popular names of Vishnu which are also the names of Shiva in the Shiva Sahasranama?

In the Vishnu Sahasranama (thousand names of Vishnu), the names "Shiva" and "Rudra" are mentioned which Smarthas believe to be indicating nondifference between Vishnu and Shiva. Are there any popular ...
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Is the mahamrityunjaya mantra the same mantra given by Shiva to Shukracharya to revive the dead?

Shukracharya apparently asked that the Asuras to be compensated for being cheated out of Amrita and after his austerities Shiva gave him the mrita sanjivani mantra. Is it the same as the ...
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Is there any mention of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the Puranas?

The Mahamrityunjay Mantra is a famous verse found in the Rig Veda which glorifies a "three-eyed deity". According to Shaivites, the mantra refers to Lord Shiva whereas Vaishnavas believe it to be ...