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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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Worship of Lord Skanda in Varanasi

So there is a common story, in short, the one about Divodasa, in which the king removes Lord Shiva from his own city. All the devatas come one by one but end up staying in the city themselves. As ...
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What are the dimensions of original Visvesvara Linga as per scriptures?

As there is already a question about Jnanavapi, where answers are quoting from Skanda Purana, Kashi Khanda to give the details information about Jnanavapi. It says: Īśāna who was identical with Rudra ...
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Are there any scriptures available (or mention) that are related to GyanVapi mandir?

Shivling has been found in Gyanvapi, Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, and the supreme court today ordered to seal the area The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Varanasi District Magistrate to protect the ...
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An attempt to malign our religion by an Islamist in the Article. Can I get good refutations of this man claims?

here is the link of the article. You can use Ctrl+F and use Hindu to find all the stuff he says about our society and our gods. Some Quotes from the Article There is a sacred ritual described in ...
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What scriptures mention the story of goddess Durga stopping war between Vishnu & Shiva?

As per this official website on goddess Durga (known specifically as Shanta-Durga), it says - About Devasthan Shree Shantadurga is one of the forms of Goddess Adimaya Durga. It is believed that once ...
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Is Siva's third eye normally hidden?

In Siva's iconography, he is mostly depicted with two eyes. In Tamil, "opening the third (forehead) eye" is a metaphor for becoming extremely angry. Does Siva manifest the third eye only ...
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Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third works?

Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third person of the Trimurti works? I.e: when Brahma creates, Vishnu and Shiva stop working (preservation/destruction), when Vishnu preservates, ...
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Mark on Vishnu's chest

Mahabharata Bibek Debroy translation p 4861: Hari, the lord of the universe, spoke to the god Ishana. ‘He who knows you, knows me. He who follows you, follows me. There is no difference between you ...
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Regarding meat eating

Is there any process or procedure available in Hinduism before eating meat like halal in Islam or some other process in Christianity? Any prayer or deity to be remembered before eating meat? Please ...
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What is the mantra at the end of the documentary?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKxD46wFxaQ Starts at 47:20 If you have a link to the original song, that would be good
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How is the name Shiva connected with the aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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Do the followers of Shirdi Sai Baba regard him as an incarnation of Vishnu and/or Shiva, etc.? [duplicate]

The other day on TV, I heard the Vishnu Sahasranāma being chanted while worshipping Sai Baba. Then in one of their songs, they say something like "some call you an incarnation of Vishnu, while ...
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What is the difference between Sada-Shiva (सदाशिव) & Maha-Sada-Shiva (महासदाशिव)? And which scriptures discuss their iconography? [duplicate]

God Sada-Shiva (सदाशिव) is depicted as a five-faced deity, with 10 hands and 15 eyes. As per Kamikagama he must be of white color, as shown below - Sadashiva (सदाशिव) While God Maha-Sada-Shiva (महा...
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Is Siva ever depicted as having a childhood or adolescence?

Satapatha Brahmana has the story of his birth as an infant, sinful son of Prajapati (which is actually a metaphor for Rudra absorbing the sin of Prajapati's incest with his daughter) but that infant ...
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Did Shiva kill Yama? If so, then who does the work of Yama now?

The wrathful Yama assumed a fearsome form and threw his noose to capture Markandeya, who hugged the linga tightly. When the noose touched the linga, Shiva emerged from it in all his wrath and struck ...
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Are these the most powerful astra of each of the tridevas?

I have come across people who say the most powerful astra of Tridevas are: Lord Shiva- शिवज्ज्वर अथवा माहेश्वरज्जवर(Shivjjwar or Maaheshwarjjwar) Lord Vishnu- विष्णुज्वर(Vishnujwar) Lord Brahmaa- ...
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Mahatmya of the five shiva temples of Ceylon

In Ceylon, there are 5 main shiva shrines collectively called the pancheswaram. They are Naguleswaram, Thiruketheeswaram, Munneswaram, Thondeswaram and Koneswaram. It seems these places are among the ...
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from where and when can i get initiated? [closed]

im 17yo. i've a lot of bhakti towards Shiva and Devi. Im a student and i try to perform any kind of spiritual activity i can perform myself without Guru. my family is not that dharmik they have no ...
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Was Sri Krishna actually “unable” to repeat the Gita,what’s the Vaishnav/Shaiva stance on this? [duplicate]

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=90RFARD8Rfk&list=PLoKnMdfD1SWLFMIDJojhUTHHIuEQ9esAT&index=14 2:24-2:43 Above is the basis of my question.If this is actually true,then does it mean Sri Krishna ...
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What is the pauranika mahatmya of the Sri Katasraj Shiva temple in the Punjab?

There is a popular tirtha of Shiva in the Punjab by the name of Sri Katasraj Dhama. It is a large complex and like many pauranika temples, houses a kunda. Although now infrequently visited and without ...
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What is relationship between Krishna and Shiva so they worship each other? [duplicate]

How Krishna and Shiva are related to each other so they worship each other? Are they same?
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Who is the Purusha?

Who is the Purusha(in Vedas/Purusha Suktam)? 13:10-13:15 says that Lord Shiva is the Purusha. Are there any contrasting verses?How do Vaishnavas interpret this?
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Whose Vishwaroop did Arjuna actually see?

It is common knowledge/understanding that Lord Krishna showed the Vishwaroopa to Arjuna on his request. A video (1:23-1:59) says that it is Lord Shiva who showed the Vishwaroop. What is the actual ...
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What's Mahā-mokṣa? Which scriptures refer to the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya mantra as the “Mahā-Mokṣa mantra (महा-मोक्ष मंत्र)”?

In some of the books and blogs, I came across the term "Mahā-Mokṣa (महामोक्ष) Mantra" being used for the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra. For instance: This book says - In Sanātan Hinduism, this ...
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Questions on marriage DAY of Shiva and Sati

Shiva married divine mother twice, once when She was incarnated as Sati and another when she was incarnated as Parvati. Mahashivaratri is popularly known for Shiva-Parvati marriage. Was both marriage ...
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Meaning of a sentence in Sri Rudram Namakam

नमः सोमाय च रुद्राय च नमस्ताम्राय चारुणाय च What I found on other sites is this... Salutations to Him who is with His consort Uma. Salutations to Him who is red and rosy-red also. My questions are... ...
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Before Shiva-Parvati vivah, the Ganapati who was worshipped as per RCM wasn't Ganesha but 'Karviraksha'. Any scriptural reference?

Kindly give any scriptural reference from puranas, agamas, nigama, etc. only. RCM = Ramacharitamanasa.
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Meaning and origin of the word आद्विक

I am trying to understand the meaning and origins of the word आद्विक.
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Why is Bhagwan Shiv called as "Bhola"? [duplicate]

Why is Bhagwan Shiv called as Bhola ? What is the reason behind it ?
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Did Parvathi ji die ? Is Bhagwan Shiva single now ? In which Yugas did Shiv marry Sati and Parvathy?

Did Parvathi ji die ? Is Bhagwan Shiva single now ? In which Yugas did Shiva marry Sati and in which Yuga he married Parvathy ?
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Which scripture contains the origin of Nataraja stotram composed by patanjali muni?

I got a story from a website regarding Nataraja Stotram. It goes as follows: Once upon a time, as the story of the origin of the hymn goes, Nandi, Shiva's carrier would not allow Patanjali Muni to ...
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What does snake in the hands of apasmAra signify?

In Shiva's Nataraj form, there's a demon crushed by Shiva called apasmAra which holds a snake if one looks closely. What does this snake signify according to scriptures?
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Ninefold devotion? [duplicate]

In 39th verse, 17th Ullasah of Kaularnava Tantra, Shiva defines Purana to divine mother: पुण्यपापादिकथनादाक्षसादिनिवारणात् । नवभक्त्यादिजननात् पुराण इति कथ्यते ।। ३६।। Purana: Because it tells of ...
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Rudra prashna vs Rudraashtadhyayee

What is the difference between Shri rudra prashnah vs rudraashtadhyayee.I have seen few people chant the former where as later is also chanted with same popularity while performing rudrabhisheka. What ...
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Hymn of lord Shiva by Ma Saraswati

Has devi Saraswati composed any hymn herself on Lord Shiva or on any other deity, if yes please provide source. This is inspired from the couplet of shiva mahimna stotr Thanks
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Seeking elucidation on an apparently ambiguous Śloka from the Bṛhaddharma Purāņa

There's a popular Śloka found in the Bṛhaddharma Purāņa. बृहद्धर्म पुराण नास्ति गंगासमं तीर्थं नास्ति विष्णुसमःप्रभु । नास्ति शम्भुसमः पूज्यो नास्ति मातृसमो गुरुः॥ १.२.३४ ॥ There's no tirtha (...
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Why is Lord Shiva called Soma?

Sri Rudram hymn of YajurVeda is one of the most popular hymn from the Vedas. 8th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram has a special significance because of the revelation of the Panchakshari Mantra “Namaha Shivaya”. ...
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Why is god Śiva called Mīḍhúṣṭama (मीढुष्टम)? Is there any specific story?

It is well known that god Śiva is called Āśutoṣa (आशुतोष) - the one who is easily pleased or appeased. Recently, I came across another epithet for Śiva - Mīḍhúṣṭama (मीढुष्टम) while going through ...
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Who is devi Jyoti/jwalamukhi?

According to this YouTube Video, There are 8 children of Shiva. While 7 are known ones, but the last one is devi Jyoti, also known as Jwalamukhi and Rayaki. Can somebody share scriptural reference of ...
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What is kedar-kalpa?

Here it says - The Kedar-Kalpa is a relatively little-known Shaiva text; What is the origin or source of this text, and what all information is available about it? Any extant manuscript? Is it some ...
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For getting Moksha , Whom should we be devoted to - Krishna or Shiva? [duplicate]

Some people say that for getting Moksha , we should be devoted to Krishna . Others say that Shiva is the God of Moksha and we should be devoted to him for Moksha. Most hardcore ascetic sects like - ...
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What is the source of the song "Jagadisha Sudisha Bhavesha Vibho"?

What is the source of the song "Jagadisha Sudisha Bhavesha Vibho"? Link:- https://m.soundcloud.com/jaisanth/sounds
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What is the comparative analysis of avidya on different states/manifestations of Siva: Parasiva, Siva, Sadasiva, Iswara?

According to Advaita, avidya can be defined as the knowledge of the existence of multiple things. In fact, there is one and only one single soul and is manifested in many ways. There are at least four ...
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What are the 7 treasures that are delivered by Soma-Rudra in Rig Veda 6.74.1

Hello experts: I am using the translation of Elizarenkova ( Russian Translator ) for Rig Veda 6.74.1. Please share what are the 7 treasures delivered to all homes by Soma and Rudra? "O Soma-Rudra,...
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How factually correct is the verse translation and order given in Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra to the original Sanskrit version?

For any slow people, reading this quesiton, first of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. It is asking whether the order of the methods are same and ...
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Historical Origin of Deities

Current Hinduism knows several deities as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, ... , each having a meaning in the same religious/philosophical context. According to source research, have all these deities ...
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What is the Bhairavi Yatana given by Mahadeva in Kashi?

It is well known that Mahadeva gives moksha to people in Varanasi by uttering the taraka mantra in the ears of those dying, as said in the Kashi Khanda: Who is competent enough to describe the ...
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Does Shiva Puran support Wife beating?

This is the verse as give in Shiva Puran. Is it true because vedas are against Wife beating The brahmin lady said: ... A chaste lady shall never mention her husband’s name. If the husband scolds or ...
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Scriptural reference for relation between Uttarayana and Vaikunta Ekadashi and Shivarathri and scriptural reference for their date of celebration [duplicate]

Vaikunta Ekadashi and Shivarathri are very popular Hindu festivals. If you observe carefully both Vaikunta Ekadashi which happens in Dhanu Masa, which is one masa before Makara masa and Shivarathri ...
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When did Hanuman worship Shiva?

This picture shows Hanuman worshipping Shiva. Are there any references in Ramayana or Puranas of Hanuman worshipping Shiva? What is the background and purpose of that?
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