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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Lord shiva is called shankara, 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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Do trika shaivism have mandalas like its there in tantra buddhism

For eg lord nilalohita surrounded by different forms of rudra like ishana , bhava, sarva , pahupati etc. in atharvaveda
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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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Daksh in vayu purana addressed shiva as buddha. Can you provide the story

English translation and transliteration of that verse in which daksh describes shiva as buddha.
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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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Are any descriptions of Rudra's aspect?

Are any descriptions of Rudra's aspect ? If yes, where we can find them?
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Did the demon Hiranyaksha receive Andhaka from Lord Shiva?

If Hiranyaksha received Andhaka from Lord Shiva, does that mean Shiva and Parvati were already married long before Lord Vishnu's Varaha Avatar where Hiranyaksha was killed?
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Help translating this stotram

At the end of Dakshinamurty Stotram is written : Angushtha Tarjanee Yoga Mudraa Vyaajena Dehinaam Shrutyartham Brahma Jeevaikyam Darshayanno Vataat Shivaha (...) Mounavyaakhyaa prakatita para brahma ...
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Actual references in scriptures which says Lord Shiva consumes cannabis? [duplicate]

Since we know that Lord Shiva exists in many different forms and worshiped through various forms throughout history, I've heard quite a few stories from people where they say, Lord Shiva consumes ...
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Bhagvata Purana contradicts the fact that Lord Shiva is unborn

Bhagvata Purana Canto 3 chapter 12 describes the birth of Lord Rudra. Brahma gives him many names: (Brahma said) The following are your names: Manyu, Manu, Mahinasa, Mahan, Shiva, Ritudhvaja, Ugra-...
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Are there any events when Lord Shiva tested his devotees?

I know that Lord Shiva tests his devotees' devotion towards him, but I would like to know the references in any Hindu texts that confirm this.
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Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? [closed]

Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? I got this random thought whilst reciting Shiva Chalisa...I want to do something different that ...
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Which Shaiva / Shaivite sect was started by or joined by Vishnu & Brahma?

According to Skanda Purana 1.3b.16 this happened after Shiva commanded his 2 creations - Vishnu & Brahma - to worship him as per the Agamas:- Viṣṇu and Brahmā wore matted hair and applied sacred ...
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Vishnu & Brahma worshiped Shiva in which cremation grounds (Shamshan Ghat) for 16000 years?

Shiva's supremacy was established after the Fiery Linga incident and he commanded Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas. They did so for sixteen thousand years. Skanda Purana 1.3b.16.62 :...
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Who is an “Adhishtathri”?

I have heard that Lord Shiva made Mother Parvati the “adhishtathri” of tantra sidhdhi. I have also heard ISKCON Acharyas saying that Mother Parvati is the “adhistathri” of maya. I would like an answer ...
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Drona pleasing Lord Shiva

I heard this description of Drona: He that pleased Lord Shiva using a shower of arrows Is this true?Please give scriptural references.
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Which Aghori practices are different from Kapalika (Skull-Bearer) practices?

The legendary Kapalika sadhus, mentioned in Shaiva scriptures (including Puranas) were known for their rituals which took place with skulls and bones involved. Human dead body meat, blood, sacrifice ...
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Have sects like Kaulas, Nath, Aghoris and Kamakhya got skull/bone mantras and rituals from the Kapalikas?

Or did their skull/bone mantras and skull/bone rituals originate on their own?
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What is the story of Parvati closing the eyes of Shiva?

There is a story in our scriptures where Goddess Parvati closes the eyes of Lord Shiva and the entire Universe went dark due to it. Lord Shiva has been described as Tryambakam (one with three eyes) in ...
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What is the story of the "Shaiva Itihasa" or Shiva Rahasya Itihasa?

The Shaiva Linga Mahapurana mentions the Shaiva Itihasa in Chapter 1.26 For the propitiation of eighteen Puranas beginning with Brahma, for the propitiation of eighteen Upapuranas beginning with ...
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What is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...
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Exact difference between Rudras and Ksetrajnas

Ksemaraja, a disciple of Abhinavagupta, opens the commentary on the Shiva Sutras with this statement: I surrender my body and mind to that supreme God consciousness of Siva, who is the whole universe ...
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Is listening to music bad for moksha?

Many people listen to music,this is a fact,Carnatic Music being one among them. A spiritual aspirant is advised to shun all sense pleasing actions. Since listening to music that he/she likes,...
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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...
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Can someone please list some Linga shaped mountains/hills? What are their stories?

To give an example, here are 2 Linga peaks - Kailash (which is associated as abode of Lord Shiva) and the birthplace of Hanumanji, Anjaneri How many more mountains and hills have this kind of shape ...
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Why are only temples of Lord Shiva open,even during eclipse?

The following sentence was seen in Quora(If the reader wants,I can give the link) “Only Lord Shiva temples kept open During Solar , moon Eclipse, beacause nothing can effect lord Shiva , beacause lord ...
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What is the story about origin of the chandaal or dom caste? [duplicate]

In the below video a dom caste man is saying that they were once brahmins by caste but were made untouchable by a curse of Lord Shiva . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5a4iq2T4xw The same thing is ...
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Who is Yogeshwara? Is it Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva?

I have heard that Lord Shiva is the source of Yoga, the one who taught it to Mother Parvati, and then later on to others, and hence is called Adiyogi. But Wikipedia says that Lord Krishna is ...
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Relation between Riddhi,Siddhi and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of Swami Mukundanand 5:22-5:37 Swamiji says: Lord Shiva said:”I don’t want material things.Kuber,is my servant.Riddhi and Siddhi are my maidservants....... Is the part in bold,true? ...
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Is there any difference between Mantra-Brahmin and other kinds of Brahmin?

The following is from Shiva Purana's Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā (Chapter 17). It is about how Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras can become Brahmins. क्षत्रियः पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रत्वमपनेष्यति । पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण ...

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