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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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Is ‘Vayu Purāṇa’ a synonym for the Shiva Purāṇa and what is the reason for it having two names?

The Matsya Purāṇa, while enlisting the 18 mahapuranas says the following with reference to the fourth one, also known as the Shri Shiva Purāṇa With reference to the Śvetakalpa, the dharma which Vayu ...
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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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Where do Vedas state that Destiny is the nature of Time?

Shiva Purana Kailasha Samhita chapter 13 (13.29-30) states; मायां तु प्रकृतिं विद्यादिति माया श्रुतीरिता । तज्जान्येतानि तत्त्वानि श्रुत्युक्तानि न संशय ।।29 It has been propounded in the ...
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Did Shiva's incarnation Lakulisha meet Krishna or other Mahabharata characters?

In this excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana, Shiva tells Brahma about his incarnations (avataras) in the Dwapara Yugas of the various Mahayugas in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (the ...
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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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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 scenario when Shiva consumed halahal (poison) as per Shiva purana

Please describe briefly about the incident, when Shiva had consumed poison in the request of gods & to keep low the body temperature of Lord Shiva, moon was placed on his head & how gods have ...
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Can someone give reasons as to why the Gods and Rishis often discharged their semen after being overcome by lust?

I saw many refrences regarding gods and rishis "dropping their semen" after seeing another godess or an apsara. How is this justified? Aren't they supposed to follow brahmacharya? Or was it ...
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Are there any commentaries on the Shiva Purana by any Shaiva acharya?

I'd like to read Shiva Purana with commentaries. Is there any commentary by any Shaivacharya available for it?
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Is the Hinduism we follow today baseless from a Vedic Perspective?

The Vedic (Rgvedic primarily) texts are quite different from the Puranic stories we know (and love) today. Does this mean the Puranic deities* we worship and stories we read are false from a Vedic ...
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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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If Sati's body was fully burned, then how 51 shaktipeeth came into existence?

I have read that (according to Shiva Purana) Sati's body was turned into ashes. 6-7. She desired to cast-off her body due to her anger with Dakṣa. She desired to burn off the body and retain the ...
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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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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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What were the exact reasons of birth of all the Shivansh?

After going through stories of Shivansh, following patterns happened to be common in all- All were against Lord Shiva. Even they wanted to kill Mahadeva! All were against Devas despite of the fact ...
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Where did the beheading of the elephant (which later became the head of Lord Ganesha) happen?

My home town is Tiruchirappalli (i.e Trichy) which is the abbreviated form of Thirucchiram arutha palli (Tamil). In English, it literally means 'the place where the holy beheading took place'. As I ...
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Where is the quote satyam shivam sundaram taken from?

Satyam shivam sundaram where does this quote occur in scripture
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How should one worship shivalinga at home

I wish to know about what material of shivling can one have at home. I have read that crystal and narmada shivling are best to be kept at home. At the same time, I have also read that mud shivling is ...
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How to do om namah shivaya pranayama(shiv panchakshari pranayam)

I have read in shiv mahapuran that in form of pranayam,shiv Panchakshari is 100 times more beneficial. Do somebody know how to do it?
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How & when did Lord Shiva had started to wear tiger skin?

Does Shiva purana have any story which describes about when did Shiva had started to wear tiger skin or when & how he started to hold trishul & damru?
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How come Veerbhadra mentions Vamana avatar during his encounter with Narasimha?

In Shiv Purana posted here (I think it was by Keshav Srinivasan), Veerbhadra was asking Narasimha to leave this form. He cited several reasons one of them being that even Prahalad grandson has been ...
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Can we use conch shell (shankh) during the worship of Lord Shiva?

I know that as per the story (like found in Shiva Purana: Rudra-saṃhitā: Yuddha-khaṇḍa: Chapter 40) of Shankhchud killed by Shiva, it was banned from his worship. But still I have seen many people, ...
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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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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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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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Who is the 9th Shiva?

There are supposed to be more than one aspect of Lord Shiva. Sri Hanuman is Rudra, the 11th aspect of Lord Shiva, can someone shed some light on the other aspects of lord Shiva? In particular the 9th. ...
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Shiva with four hands | explanation

Can anyone explain below form of Lord Shiva: I have few specific question: What’s the name of this form. Front two hands are showing some mudras. What’s the object attached to His Trishul. Meaning ...
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Authentic English translation of Shiv Puran

I have looked this up on internet and found JL Shashtri translation of Shiv Purana but many people have told me that it is not accurate and author have put his own views instead in many places.So i am ...
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Is there any mention of Shiva agrees to take Ganga into his hair in Shiva Purana?

Is there any mention of Shiva agrees to take Ganga into his hair so as to prevent her mighty flow from destroying the Earth in shiva purana.
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Questions on achamanam and Sankalpa

I have recently started performing Shiva nama japa and wondering if I can do a short version or achamanam by reciting Keshava, naraayana, madhava and finally govinda and not recite the rest of the 20 ...
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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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How to energize Rudraksha?

So recently I got a four-faced Rudraksha which I am planning to wear on MahaShivaratri. But it is said that it should be first energized before wearing. How can I do that by myself?
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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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What are the rules which will make "namah shivay" mantra more effective?

I read chapter 12, 13 and 14 from Shiv Mahapuran(Vaivhav samhita). Shiv gave few rules in discussion with Parvati. Any "matrin" answers below questions i will be grateful. What lamp or oil ...
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What are 108 names of Kaal Bhairava? Can we chant them on synthetic tulsi mala?

Can you share how to worship Kaal Bhairava at home?
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Shiv Puran Section 4 Chapter 12 ( Kotirudra Samhita Adhyay 12) states Shiv ling is Penis and Yoni is Vagina

In the mentioned Chapter, Rishi Suta explains the story behind Shivling. In the translations it states that Shivji appeared in front of wives of Sages holding his penis in his hand and sages curse him ...
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What if I mispronounce words in Shiva tanam stotram?

I am mispronouncing it while reading and finding it very tough because of Sanskrit. Will this anger Lord Shiva? I am just trying to worship him.
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How to make Lord Shiva happy so he fullfills a wish?

This isn't a materialistic wish so please don't think I am trying to trade with Lord.
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linga purana section i.54.9-12 does this prove scientific error in hinduism?

SPEED OF SUN MOVING AROUND EARTH Linga Purana Section I.54.9-12 ; “…Similarly when the sucker of waters (i.e. the sun) moves about in the middle of Puskara the mountain to the north of Manasa, he ...
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How are Ashtabhairavas related to Kalabhairava?

We know that Kalabhairava was created from Siva's forehead. "Mahadeva then created a wonderful person, Bhairava, from the middle of his brows to quell the pride of Brahma. - Siva Purana ...
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Timeline Of Various Puranas

It is well-established by the great yogis, after attaining siddhis, that the stories told in the Puranas are not at all metaphorical and allegorical. It is known when these stories were revealed. ...
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Is there a concept of hell in trika Shaivism?

Shiva Purana gives a detailed account of different hell. Is this the case in trika Shaivism?
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Are there any mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas

Are there any specific japa mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas? Are they mentioned in any sacred text?
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Commentaries for Shiva taking linga form from Shiva Maha Purana

Puranas of Sanatha dharma allows different types of interpretations. Some are historical, some are metaphorical, some are symbolical, some are allegorical, some are scientific facts including ...
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Do devatas have martial tings ? Do Devatas have semen?

Do devatas like Vishnu Shiva krishna ganapati as sense Do they have semen
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How goddess Parvati had started her penance?

I want to know about her tough penance. What did her routine during that period ? How she had worshipped Lord Shiva as per Shiva Purana? Did Lord Shiva had appeared as a brahmin & insulted himself ...
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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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Siva Purana is a Mahapurana or Upapurana?

There are 18 Mahapuranas and 18 Upapuranas according to tradition. Devi Bhagavad Upapurana lists all of them. Here, Sivapurana is listed as an Upapurana. However, Kurmapurana (a Mahapurana) also lists ...
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How to attain a state of Samadhi?

How can one attain a higher state of consciousness or samadhi?
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Are there restrictions or procedure to follow while reading scriptures?

If I read holy scriptures like Puranas or Itihasas as hobby on my laptop do I need to follow specific procedures. Point to be noted here is that I am not narrating it like it it is mentioned in ...
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