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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why aren't Shiva Purana and Vishnu Purana updated?

The Shiva Purana and Vishnu Purana contains some deeds of the Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively which had happened. Both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu exist even today, now they might be doing some ...
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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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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 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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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 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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4 of 12 Jyotirlinga are in Maharashtra ; please confirm?

Tryambakeshwar Bhimshankar Vaidyanath Ghrishneshwar Hello. am confused with some maps showing Vaidyanath to be located in Parli, Maharashtra and some in Deogarh, Jharkhand. Any literary proof to ...
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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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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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What Mantra should be chanted while wearing Five-faced Rudraksha?

I wear a Rudraksha with 5 faces / Panchamukhi. I read somewhere that there are certain mantras to be chanted while wearing it. can anyone tell how can I know which one is associated with the ...
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How can Shiva puranam and Vishnu puranam be interpreted?

I would like to know how have those things happened as stated in the puranas. For example, In Shiva Puranam, we talk about mother Parvathi's kalyanam (marriage). How did it take place? Did both Shiva ...
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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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What is the meaning of three-headed Bhairav idols and Shiva Purana 3.8.2?

Shiva Purana 3.8.2 states: Bhairava is the prior form of Siva, the great soul. Fools who are deluded by Śiva’s Māyā do not know about it. Bhairavaḥ pūrṇarūpo hi śaṃkarasya parātmanaḥ | mūḍhāstaṃ vai ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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What are Prakriti and Purusha?

What exactly are Prakriti and Purusha? I came across the term Prakriti while reading the Shiva purana and searched to understand the true meaning of it, but there are a lot of mixed views and ...
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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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Why is this line " Worshipping thy lotus feet " present in all puranas?

Be it shiva purana or Bhagavadam , the praises for most of the gods begin with similar kind of line like O Brahmins! I bow down to the gentle lotus feet, known in the three Lokas, of the Devî ...
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The other bow of Shiva - Ajagava

Lord Shiva had 2 bows - Pinaka and Ajagava. There are few stories associated with the first bow Pinaka like Sita swayamvar. Are there any distinct stories/incidents associated with Ajagava that have ...
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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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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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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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Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths?

Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths? If yes, please provide the list and source.
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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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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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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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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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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 Maha Shivaratri won't fall on Karthika Masam?

Karthika Masam is sacred days dedicated only to Lord Shiva. Then Why Maha Shivaratri won't fall on Karthika Masam?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...