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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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Does this sculpture of Lord Shiva really exist somewhere?

Does this sculpture of Lord Shiva really exist somewhere? Or is this only a painting. I found it online many weeks ago and have been awe-struck by its sheer beauty. I would like to visit the place ...
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What are the exact 18 Mahapuranas? [duplicate]

What are the names of 18 Mahapuranas?Some resources have Bhavisya Purana but do not have Shiva Purana in their list, while some have Shiva Purana in place of Bhavisya Purana. I came across this ...
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Was baby head and elephant's body joined after Lord Ganesha was created by Shiva?

This video from a movie where he explains that baby head and elephant body was joined to form a God called Hanesha, is this story true? Video Link regarding God Hanesha from a movie Is this story ...
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Does the word Shiva have different meanings and interpretation in different texts?

Upon reading the insightful answer What is the meaning of the word Shiva I was both enlightened as well as perplexed. In the answers, various references to different texts give different meanings to ...
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Were the Shiva and Lingam independent concepts prior to the emergence of Puranas?

I read somewhere that concept of lingam is absent in vedas and onle emerged with the advent of Puranas. Is there truth in it?
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Location of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga [duplicate]

Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga's Story states that ravana on the way back to Lanka had to keep it down, the location of either temple doesn't fall Enroute to Lanka from mount Kailash
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False religion in kali yuga? Are we following false people in kali yuga? [closed]

In Shiva purana, lord vishnu creates a jinx with bald head with cloth to his face and a book in his hands. He asks jinx to propagate false religion to asuras saying it is the actual vedic dharma. He ...
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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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Why is monday considered an important day in Shaivism?

Monday is usually thought of as a holy day dedicated to Shiva. Why is it so? Is there any significane of monday according to our Shastras?
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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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What are the specific qualities of Lord Shiva's trishul?

Does any epic or purana describes about Lord Shiva's trishul briefly? Specially Shiva Purana & Mahabharata, if I'm not wrong, Upamanyu had described something about Shiva's trishul to Lord Krishna ...
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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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Do gods need to come back to earth Chakra in order to procreate?

Do gods need to come back to earth root Chakra in order to procreate? For those who have become turiya/equal of gods, is procreation is possible or not without coming back?
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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 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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What are the some dynamic Sanskrit shlokas for Lord Shiva?

I have read a shloka for Lord Vishnu - ugram veeram mahavishnum jwalantam sarvato mukham, nrisingham bhishanam bhadram mrityur mrityurnamamyaham. Can anyone will provide me same types of dynamic (or ...
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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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Are the Mahapuranas 18 in number? Cause I found 19 [duplicate]

I found three different sets of 18 Mahapuranas. Common in all are: (Vishnu Purana,Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Garuda Purana, Varaha Purana, Agni Purana, Vamana Purana, Bhagavat Purana, Skanda Purana,...
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Was Lord Shiva/Rudra compared with a tiger or a lion in both the Vedas and the puranas?

I have read in the Mahabharata that during the tripura dahana incident lord Shiva was described as a tiger among gods and as per Shiva purana parvati also compared him to a tiger. I want to know that ...
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Where from I get Ribhu Gita?

Can You Tell me where from I get the Ribhu Gita in Sanskrit-Hindi Translation/Transliteration. I searched everywhere in markets and also on Internet.Help me if you know This rarest book?
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When Shiva & Parvati had met for first time and what was the situation?

According to Shiva purana, I have found that parvati with her father had went to meet Shiva. It was happened before the kaam dahana. Then how they met with each other and what was the situation. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does Shiva purana says about Shiva wear tiger skin and hold a trishul with damru? [duplicate]

[ According to Shiv puran when did Lord Shiva start to wear tiger skin and hold a trishul with damru? Does it describes any story about it. I have heard that Shiva had killed a tiger and wrapped the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...