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The Shiva Purana or Shiva Mahapurana is one of the puranas (a genre of Hindu religious texts), dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It contains twelve Saṁhitās and 100,000 shlokas (verses).

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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

There is a difference between Bhagwata Purana and Shiva Purana: Bhagwata Purana states that Vishnu is more supreme than Shiva, and from Vishnu, Brahma and by Brahma, Shiva was born. But if that is ...
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What is the position of Lord Vishnu as per Shiva Purana?

What is the position of Lord Vishnu as per Shiva Purana? Is he given the status of Supreme anywhere in Shiva Purana?
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What is the source of “ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param” (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)?

Prabhupāda, starts a lecture in August, 1972 by quoting a verse from the Śiva Purāṇa. To strengthen his argument he cites another verse (ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ...) supposedly from the Padma ...
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Is Shiva Purana authentic?

On Quora, I have seen many people (mainly ISKCON priests) say that Shiva Purana was "adulterated by Shaiva kings" or something along this line. Is this true or false?
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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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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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Did Rama know that he was Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

This chapter of Ramayana narrates the meeting of Garuda with Rama. न च कौतूहलं कार्यं सखित्वं प्रति काङ्क्षिणा । कृतकर्मा रणे वीर सखित्वं प्रतिवेत्स्यसि ॥६-५०-५७ "O, hero! You need not ...
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Who is Aja Ekapada and why is this form of Lord Shiva very rare in Hinduism?

From what I have researched so far,Aja Ekapada is considered as one of the Rudras of Lord Shiva.The various forms which depicts include Ekapada Shiva,the one legged shiva,the ekapad trimurthy(Brahma ...
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Good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada/English

I am searching for a good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada or English language. But till now most of the websites suggest "The Immortals of Meluha" trilogy. I would like to know is it worth reading "...
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In which Kalpa did Markendya's story take place?

We had read about the sage Markendaya story where Lord Shiva saves the 16-year old boy from Yama and blessed him with immortality. Do we have any reference to which Kalpa, Mahayuga, Manvantra it ...
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Are there two gauri Kunds?

Are there two gauri Kunds? Wikipedia says Gauri kunda is the base camp of Kedarnath trek https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauri_Kund There's another gauri Kund on the route of Mount kailash ...
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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Can any one give the exact explanation of this mantra? What is the logic behind chanting this Mantra? How the mind of a person related to this and is it true that we can save the life of a dying ...
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Is Kamadeva (Manmatha) still alive or dead?

I heard a story about Kamadeva, here it is: While Lord Shiva was doing deep meditation, Kamadeva disturbs him by inducing love and desire into Shiva, which caused disturbance to Shiva and made Shiva ...
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Is there an English translation of the book Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya?

I wanted to learn more about Shiva Ashtotthara Shatanama Stotram. So here was an answer which showed me the source of the stotram. And this answer also referred to Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya written ...
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Is the complete Shiva Purana available online in English?

I already have a PDF of 812 pages in Hindi language but I find that the language/words used are sometimes a bit tough to understand. I have visited some sites which have downloadable versions in ...
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How and where can i get the original version of Shiva Mahapurana? [duplicate]

Please help me to get the original version of Shiva Mahapurana. And please let me know how to recognise the original version ?
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Who is the father of Shathabisha, the king who tried to kill Sati?

In Devon Ke Dev Mahadev serial, I see that Shathabisha was rejected from entering the Brahma Lok to meet Brahma Dev. He and his father tries to harm Daksha Prajapati. His father organizes a Ritual and ...
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Why Lord Shiva likes Kashi?

Lord Shiva's favourite place is said to be the city of Kashi. But what are the reasons? Why Lord Mahadeva likes Kashi but not other places?
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As per Shiva Purana what are the 28 avatars of Shiva as said to Brahma?

As per Shiva Purana which 28 avatars of Shiva did he tell to Brahma? Also Shiva said the names of Sage Vyasa of each Mahayuga. What are those?
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How to please Lord Shiva to get grace?

How to please Lord Shiva to get grace? Please enumerate simple & practical ways by which he becomes pleased & showers grace.
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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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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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Does the body parts of Devi Sati get cremated?

I have heard somewhere that, after Devi Sati's dead body (after her self immolation in her own yogAgni) was cut into several pieces by Sri Vishnu's chakra, they fall in various places on earth. For ...
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where in Shiva purana, it is mentioned that “Shiva” is formless God, and “Shankara” is the form which dwells in Mount Kailsha [duplicate]

Where in scriptures it is mentioned that "Shiva" is formless God, and "Shankara" is the form which dwells in Kailasha ? Kindly give exact verse number.
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Do Shaivites believe in something greater than Sadashiva?

In this excerpt from the Vayaviya Samhita of the Shiva Purana, various time scales are described: Brahma's one day is equivalent to a kalpa. He is of unmanifest origin. A thousand kalpas make a ...
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What does Shiva's third eye signify? [duplicate]

I am not a scholar of Hinduism but I think Shiva's third eye is not a physical eye but it represents the deepest knowledge of nature and its actions. Shiva reached the deepest state of meditation ...
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Is consuming food with left hand considered bad? [duplicate]

I was reading Siva Puran and one verse stated as follows: My question: Why is it a sin to consume food with left hand? What if the person is left handed?
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What is the chronological order of appearance of Jyotirlingas?

12 Jyotirlingas are shown in the pic. I'm interested to sort these Jyotirlingas based on the time of their appearance. ( To analyze the pattern they form once joined based on chronological order of ...
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Why was Indra afraid of Himalaya's devotion to Shiva?

Was there a reason Indra being afraid of Himalaya's devotion to Shiva ?
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What is the difference between red-blue rudra and the karpur gauram shankar rudra?

I know there are multiple rudras, the rudra born from brahma is said to be red and blue in colour, but sankar or ShiVa are said to be karpur gauram and nila kantham, what's the difference between the ...
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Kailāshpati Mahādeva is not the destroyer (one among Trinity)?

There are many planes of existence, grouped into hierarchies. Everything which is inside of human being is fated to be manifested outside ( or vice versa) is the reason of existence of worlds. ...
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What is the meaning of Bhagavan as per Shiva Purana?

Here is a similar question which asks definition of Bhagavan from Vishnu Purana: Definition of Bhagavan as per Vishnu Purana Here I'm asking about definition of Bhagavan as per Shiva Purana. So,...
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What was the scene of Lord MahAdeva's marriage?

Scene of Lord MahAdeva's wedding is highly discussed because of the way Lord MahAdeva & his bArAtis appeared in the ceremony. Some might take this as a metaphoric only where Shiva being ...
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Why did Shiva and Adishakti have to separate to create the universe?

Many Puranas reference the separation of Shiva and Adishakti in order to create the universe. Adishakti then took many forms (Sati, Parvati, etc.) and each time married Shiva, so they can be united ...
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What are the arguments given by some scholars that the Vishnu Puranas are Tamasic?

Some scholars think that the Vishnu Puranas are actually tamasic, but what are their arguments for this?
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Difference between the Shiva Purana and the Linga Purana

Both the Shiva Purana and the Linga Purana are books on Lord Shiva. I have read Shiva Purana. Can somebody please explain what is extra or differently told in the Linga Purana? Also, if possible ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

I see that many people (including me) remain confused about who is the Supreme God. The main reason for confusion is that in different Puranas, different Gods are shown as Supreme God, e.g., in Shiva ...
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Why did Shiva cry and showed such grief when Sati died as he is a god and a god is free from all the Maya which is created by him?

I could not understand, why Shiva showed all the worldly emotions like he cried and showed grief when Sati died, then he married Parvati and then lived with family. If he was a god and it is believed ...
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Is it true Lord Shiva had incarnations too? [duplicate]

Unlike Vishnu Lord Shiva had no incarnations ? If he did then apart from the Rudra in the form of Hanuman what other forms did Lord Shiva incarnate as ?
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Where in the Shiva Purana does Lord Shiva say “ ekam prasamshati yastu sarvAneva prasamshati…”?

Supposedly, in the Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva says to Goddess Parvati the following verse: Ekam prasamshati yastu sarvAneva prasamshati | Ekam nindati yasteshAm sarvAneva vinindati || Meaning ...
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Battle of Krishna and Shiva [closed]

Lord Shiva was involved in long battle with Krishna. Why didn't Krishna know that Shiva was the God of the DevaLoka ?
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

While researching for an answer I came across the reference of Padma Puran having been revealed in the Padma Kalpa which was the last day of the 50th year of Brahma. Currently we are in the Varah ...
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What is the origin of Brahma's four heads?

Brahma, the creator of the universe, is depicted as having four heads. Is there a story behind it?
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Why is Shiva purana called a Tamasic purana?

I have this confusion from long time as to why texts categorize Shiva Purana as a Tamasic Purana. No holy books say bad things, so is this book. I have read this and I don't find any reason for ...
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What is the story behind Lord Rudra (Shiva) holding the skull of Indra?

I read the extract as shown in the image below from Vayuviya Samhita Chapter 14 of Shiva Purana: In the verse # 9 (the highlighted one), it is said that: He (Lord Rudra) is brilliant holding the ...
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How did Lord Shiva create Veerbhadra and Mahakali

How and why did Shiva create Veerbhadra and MahaKali. Who were the nine Durgas accompanying MahaKali?
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Are there more than one origins of Ma Kali?

There are multiple stories related to the origin of Goddess Mahakali: The Rudra Samhita 2.53 of the Shiva Mahapuran mentions that when Nandi informed Shiva about Sati's death, he became very furious. ...
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Who is mother Durga, why was she prayed by all gods including Vishnu to be reborn as Parvathi?

Mother Durga was reborn as Parvathi, the daughter of Mena and Himalaya. So why did the Gods including Vishnu pray to mother Durga to be reborn as Parvathi. Why were they happy of the marriage of Mena ...
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Did Lord Brahma kill any demons?

I was reading Shiva Purana and in Rudrasamhita Chapter 16, I came across the following attached section. Here, in 8th and 9th verse, Lord Brahma said that 'some demons are to be killed by me'. Till ...
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Why does Uma Samhita, Chapter 24 of Shiva Purana insult Women?

The 24 Chapter of Uma Samhita is purely dedicated to insulting women. Here is summary of the verses of the chapter- You won't believe what has been said- 15-16: No one is more sinful than a woman. ...