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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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What is the goal of the Shiva Purana?

Each Purana has a particular goal or intention; a primary thing that it tries to convey. Ramanujacharya in the Vedartha Sangraha says: All other Puranas with other aims must be interpreted ...
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How many types of Pralayas are there?

According to Hindu Puranas, repeated creations and dissolutions happen in a cycle. How many types of Pralayas are there according to the Puranas? What is the difference between Pralaya and Mahapralaya?...
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What are these incidents mentioned by Lord Shiva as examples of helping his devotees?

While reading the Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita Parvati Khanda I came across the following declarations by the Lord: The vow of the king of Assam (Kāmarūpa) was made fruitful. I saved king Sudakṣiṇā who ...
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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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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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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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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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How to attain a state of Samadhi?

How can one attain a higher state of consciousness or samadhi?
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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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Is Shiva a Yogi, who became Shiva by Yoga?

Who is Shiva ? Was he a normal human like us who became a Yogi just by Sadhana?
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Hanuman God's birth history

In Shiva Puran according to some sources it is narrated that Parvati and Shiva has had carnal relation through which Hanuman God was born in the form of Vanara and after that, not wishing to carrying ...
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Do 'Tamasa' Puranas ask its readers to practice Adharma?

We are aware that practice of adharma leads to sin, paapa and one will have to reap the fruits of paapa in hell, naraka. The Padma Purana says: सात्त्विका मोक्षदाः प्रोक्ताः राजसा सर्वदा अशुभाः । ...
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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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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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Panchakshari Mantra is "Om" and not "Om Namah Shivaya"?

I came across this article, and it seems to introduce many controversial ideas about the Mahamantra. He provides references and quotes, too. https://www.jagatgururampalji.org/en/shiv-puran/om-namah-...
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Varaha Avatar story versions

Though I don't know much about hindu Mythology , I know that Bhagavan Vishnu takes avatars to destroy evils. When I was reading Lord Vishnu's stories. I came to know that varaha avatara was taken by ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

I came across two answers Bhagavata-Purana Considered as best and Devi Bhagavata Purana Considered as best. On the same lines, are there any claims about other puranas claiming themselves or others ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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Who is Khandoba Mahadev?

There is a temple in Maharashtra named 'Khandoba Temple'. In the temple, people worship Khandoba Mahadev. Who is he?
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Do scriptures support the offering of Turmeric to Shivling?

Many people oppose the offering of Turmeric (Haldi) on Shivling by claiming that Haldi is of feminin nature while Shivling is of masculine. By that logic, Kumkum should also be prohibited for ...
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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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Who is Kalaka, and is there any other information about Mahesha, Sarada, and Vaitala?

In the answer to my question, I learned about the name 'Kalaka'. But, who is Kalaka? I found some background behind Shiva, Parvati, and Bhairava's incarnations, Mahesha, Sarada and Vaitala in this ...
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How did Tarakasura know about future incarnations of Lord Vishnu?

In Shiva Purana Rudra-samhita, Tarakasura boasted and also disrespected Lord Vishnu before his war with Kartikeya. During his boasting, he also mentioned Rama avatar and Krishna avatar which happened ...
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Was Ravan actually a big devotee of Lord Shiva?

Was he actually a huge Shiva bhakt or was it exaggerated to make him look good?
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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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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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On which day/tithi did Shiva-Parvati get married?

To my knowledge, it has to be the day of MahaShivaratri when Shiva-Parvati got married. However as per this answer, Maha Sivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva appeared as Linga to stop conflict ...
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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 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 sanskrit verses for lingdharanam in shiv puran

Sanskrit verses for lingdharanam
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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 so,...
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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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Where is the quote satyam shivam sundaram taken from?

Satyam shivam sundaram where does this quote occur in scripture
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Is Lord Shiva dark in complexion?

We know that the complexion of Lord Vishnu / Krishna is dark (shyam varna) but what is the complexion of Lord Shiva, dark or white?
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Why Lord Shiva is considered as the destroyer of world?

I don't know that why Lord Shiva is considered as the destroyer of the world? Please somebody answer my question! Every Hindu in the history of the world today knows the following: Brahma, Vishnu, ...
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Correct translation for Shiva purana -4:12?

Can someone please provide the correct translation for Shiva Purana : kotirudra Samhita : 12 chapter
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What is complete authentic story of demon Tripurasura?

According to this wikipedia page of Tripurasura, Tripurasura was killed by Lord Shiva because he followed a Adharmic Religion which was created by Lord Vishnu to lure him to the path of Adharma. After ...
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When did Lord Shiva slash Lord Vishnu's head off.?

In Lord Shiva's thousand names according to Shiva Maha Purana there is a name which is number (755) Vishnukandharapatana which translates to "the one who slashes Vishnu's head." Here in ...
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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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Do Vedas or Shruti describe Lord Shiva as Sattva (सत्व)?

There are many misconceptions that Lord Shiva is Tamasic God and scriptures of Him are Tamasic Scriptures. Some people even suggest not to read His stories as they are ostensibly believed to be ...
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Why is Shiva purana called a Tamasic purana?

I have this confusion from a long time as to why other texts categorize Shiva Purana as a Taamasic Purana. None of the holy books say bad things, same is with this book. I have read this and I don't ...
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Did Parvathi ji die ? In which Yugas did Shiv marry Sati and Parvathy?

Did Parvathi ji die ? In which Yugas did Shiva marry Sati and in which Yuga he married Parvathy ?
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Regarding a story in Shiva Purana

Shiva Purana mentions a story in shows an argument between Vishnu and Brahma on who is superior, Then Shiva resolves the dispute by taking the form of an infinite light which expands on both sides, ...
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What is the relation between Shiva and Bhairava?

Would it be correct to call kaal bhairava (and it's various forms) an avatar of shiva Or are they ansh of Rudra like Nandi, Hanuman, Veerbhadra etc ? Should Bhairava be seen as a shivagan or shiva ...
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Significance of Linga svarupa compared to Moorthi svarupa of Lord Shiva

What is the significance of Linga svarupa compared to Moorthi svarupa of Lord Shiva Why we see so many lingas all around the world What is the significance of the linga svarupa or shape
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I have made vow to Lord Shiva if i get particular college i will shave my head but now everybody's suggesting me that it will look bad in colllege?

Instead of shaving my head and showing my devotion to the lord shiva what I can offer to the lord? Because shaving my head will not benefit anyone but instead of shaving can I give some donation?