Questions tagged [shiva-purana]

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 happens to Lord Shiva's trishul during dissolution of universe?

I've read Kashi is absorbed into trishul at the time of Dissolution. But Trishul too has to be absorbed. Can anyone give references about the Trishul? As it has to be absorbed, So Kashi ultimately ...
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What are some Stories of Lord Shiva which show tremendous Love of him to his devotees?

Can anyone provide some proofs that show Lord Shiva really includes his devotees as part of his own? A serial based on Mahadeva, they sometimes show as if Lord Shiva has unequal vision for his ...
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What is the correct source of this verse?

I read this verse stated by Lord Shiva to Devi Parvati - ārādhanaṃ sarveṣāṃ viṣṇor ārādhanaṃ paraṃ of all kinds of worship, worship of Lord Vishnu is the best. Further - tasmāt parataraṁ ...
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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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Did Shiva's army molest women during Daksha Yajna?

In Shiva Purana I heard it's mentioned that Shiva's army consisting of Bhūtas (bhūta gaṇa), Vetālas etc., molested many women who attended the Daksha Yagna. Is this true? If yes, how is this action ...
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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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How should contrition (repentance for sins) be performed?

If I worship or chant a mantra, is it considered contrition i.e., repentance for my sins or is contrition done differently? What do scriptures say about contrition? The right way to do it? I heard ...
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Why it is believed that it will give positive effects only if it is Lord Shiva's own wish to perform Tandava and not of others?

Why it is believed that it will give positive effects only if it is Lord Shiva's own wish to perform Tandava and not of others? It is believed if someone else ask GOD to do Tandava it gives negative ...
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Who is Lohitang? What is his story? [duplicate]

Lothiang was the ‘ansh’ of lord shiva and was born from the ‘Shwet bund’ perspiration and sweat of Lord Shiva when he was performing tandav. What is his story?
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Siva Purana - Kalavati, the daughter of King of Kasi

Which Chapter and Khanda of Siva Purana has the story of Kalavati, the daughter of King of Kasi gets the panchakshari mantra from Sage Durvasa ?
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What are offerings to shivalinga and what are fruits of it?

What are offerings to shivalinga and what are fruits of it? It is said that if we offer water of river Ganga, we attain Moksha after death, similarly milk is offered for long life. But this ...
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How many times has Shiva opened his 3rd eye?

According to Hindu mythology, how many times has Shiva opened his 3rd eye and why?
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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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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 Lord Shiva became Tripurari?

How shiva became Tripurari ? I have heard that Brahma became charioteer and other deities became chariot? And still they say shiva does not need anything but was playing with the stuff of devas?
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Why Lord shiva is the most powerful GOD? [closed]

Why Lord shiva is the most powerful GOD?
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Did Lord Shiva and Lord Rama ever meet in person?

I am reading Shiva and Sati's story where I can see that Prajapati Daksha, Lord Shiva and Sati all lived in the Treta yuga. I can also recall that Bhagavan Sri Ram also lived in the Treta yuga. ...
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Why is Moon on Lord Shiva's head only shown as crescent?

The story that of, how the Moon god ended up in Lord Shiva's hair, goes like this: Moon god had to get relief from the disease that he got by his own fault. He came to know that the only remedy for ...
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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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Why Lord Shiva has a snake around his neck? [duplicate]

I have never read about the story why Shiva has a serpant around his neck. Is it to stop the poison from entering his body ?
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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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Battle between Shiva and Vishnu [duplicate]

I am following the mega serial Dev ke dev Mahadev. In an episode they are showing a battle between Shiva and Vishnu. Is this true? or It is cheap attempt by the show just to increase their TRP?
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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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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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Who is Rudra deva?

I know Rudra is Lord Shiva. But why is Lord Shiva called as Rudra deva?
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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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What are all Varaha Avatars of Vishnu?

In the Chapter Manifestation of Rudra - Rudra Samhita Section one of Shiva Purana (Pg 224), Brahma said this to his son Narada, A boar has the power of steadily going deep below. Hence, Vishnu ,...
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What is the story of Rishi Durvasa and King Ambarish?

I want to know the story of Rishi Durvasa and King Ambarish. Please somebody answer my question!
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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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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!
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Was Shiva ever incarnated by taking birth from womb?

Krishna and Rama were born to humans by taking birth from womb. What about Shiva?
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Rudra's confrontation with the Devas at Yajna and slaying of Prajapathi

I am referring to this blog where the following is stated: There is a persistent motif of the deva Rudra (Śiva) being originally refused ritual offerings of the yajña to which the other deva-s ...
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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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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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Did Lord Rama show Vishwaroopa Darshan to Sati Devi?

I know Krishna showed his Vishwaroopa Darshna during Mahabharatha War. But Shiva Puranam by DSR Anjaneyulu, which was translated to English from Telugu by RM Chella says, Rama had shown Vishwaroopa ...
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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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According to Vishnu Puran, Vishnu created Shiva and according to Shiva Purana it's vice versa. What's the truth?

According to Vishnu Puran, Lord Vishnu created Lord Shiva and according to Shiva Purana it's vice versa. In Devi Bhagavata Purana, Adi Shakti created both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. So, what is the ...
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About visiting 108 Shiva temples

Visiting 108 Siva temples in one's lifetime is said to absolve one of all sins and attain bliss. Is there a specific list of 108 temples or does it refer to any 108 out of the thousands of Siva ...
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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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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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Why Lord Shiva is depicted as Lord of Time?

Kali Mata was named as Kaali because she is wife of Lord Shiva, who is said to be Lord of time. As He is Lord of time, few avatars or Amsas of Him are named after him such as KaalaBhairava. What is ...
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Did Mother Sati become a ghost after committing sucide?

This answer states that after suicide a person becomes a ghost. Then did mother Sati become ghost after committing suicide?
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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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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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Is Taj Mahal really a Shiva Temple in the past?

I have seen many blogs which claims that Taj Mahal was a Shiva temple in the past. Links for few those blogs are 1. The Tajmahal is Tejomahalay, A Hindu Temple 2. Taj Mahal A Shiv Temple Is there ...
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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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Was Nandi really a bull?

The general belief about Nandi (related to Lord Shiva) is that he is a bull who is generally in human form but at times changes into the form of a bull. But after reading Shiva Purana, I feel that ...
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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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What is the story of Siva's Incarnation (ईशान) Ishan?

According to what I have studied yet the 23rd incarnation of Lord Shiva is (ईशान) Ishan (The ruler). The story related to this incarnation is not described much deeper or it can be my fault that I ...
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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 ...