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Shiva (The auspicious one) is the "Destroyer" among the Trimurti. He is considered as supreme Brahman according to Shaivism. Use this tag to ask questions that concern about Shiva in any of his forms

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Do any Deities, other than the Pancha Mahadevatas, have Swayambhu representations?

The Pancha Mahadevatas are Ganapaty,Shiva,Vishnu,Devi(Ambika) & Surya. There is a Smarta tradition of worshiping them together in the Panchayatana Puja..In this Puja instead of idols or images of ...
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What bodies (Koshas or layers) do Devas, Trimurthis and their Shaktis (consorts) have?

The two questions What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human? and Where does a Soul attached to the Body? explain various koshas (Sheaths) of human body. Trimurthi and their respective Shaktis are ...
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Who is Soma Natha?

For Kaliyuga, Lord Shiva has appointed 12 great gurus each for 500 years. Which will keep repeating till the arrival of Satyuga. Therefore, henceforward twelve Great Souls shall uphold My Law ...
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When was Shiva a disciple of sage Angiras?

One of the most famous wars between the gods and the Asuras (demons) was the Tarakamaya war. The war was started when Chandra the moon god kidnapped Tara, wife of Brihaspati guru of the gods. (...
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Does Sadashiva ride a tortoise?

In this excerpt from the Manava Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, a certain ritual for worshiping Shiva is described. As part of this ritual, the five-headed form of Shiva is ...
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Where is the meeting of Rama and Hanuman in their childhood mentioned?

I have read somewhere that rama firstly met hanuman when he was 5, As per the story Lord Shiva took a madari form and took Hanuman with him to let him meet his lord. and later when they arrived ...
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Do the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda mention Brahma and Vishnu's contest?

This excerpt from the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana relates a famous story involving a contest between Brahma and Vishnu. (To read the whole Shiva Purana, see my answer here.) In this ...
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Exceptions from adherence to strict rules of mantra chanting

While reading a book "Ancient Science of Mantras" by Om Swami, I have come across a chapter called exceptions. According to this book Shiva at one occasion found a devotee wrongly chanting the Maha ...
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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any Prayaschitta mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during holy month of Shravana?
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What is the difference between Raudra and Saumya sects of Shaivism?

The term "Shaivite" is often overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they are actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss ...
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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Are the four Kumars incarnations of Lord Vishnu or Shiva?

According to the Bhagvat Purana the four Sanat Kumars are described as the incarnations of Lord Vishnu but I cam across this remark in the comment section of Vishnu Puran: Linga P. describes the ...
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What is the source of the legend of Vyāghrapāda?

Which Hindu scripture narrates the story of Vyāghrapāda (the name literally means tiger-footed)? From Wikipedia: Vyaghrapada was a rishi and he was entrusted with the task of picking up fresh ...
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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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Do any scriptures apart fom Sabarimala Sthala Purana foretell the birth of Ayyappa?

One of the most popular religious destinations in the world is the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala; it gets far more visitors per year than Tirupati and the Vatican combined! The story of the temple ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean when he says there are 5 gurus in Vaishnava tradition?

In Kularnava Tantra. Chapter 13, Lord Shiva talks about guru and his characteristics. He says following verse : śaive gurutrayaṃ proktaṃ vaiṣṇave guru pañcakaṃ vedaśāstreṣu sataso gururekaṃ ...
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What do scriptures say about Lake Manasarovar?

I have heard it said that Lord Shiva abides in yoga on Mt. Kailasha and that darśana thereof destroys attachment to delusion. I found information about Mt. Kailash in the question How is Mount ...
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Which scriptures describe swayambhu linga lakshanas (signs) and what are those?

I have a small book called Shiva Tattva PradipikA which discusses the various facts associated with Lord Shiva by quoting from scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Agamas. In it we find the ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean by saying that in Shaiva traditions Gurus are three?

In KulArnava Tantram's 13th chapter, Lord Shiva discusses about Guru and its signs in great details. In that context he says the following verse: Shaive Gurutrayam Proktam Vaishnave Gurupanchakam | ...
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What is the story of Shiva becoming the Lord of Silver after worshipping Lakshmi?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consist of detailed procedures to ...
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When was sage Valmiki accused of killing a Brahmin?

In this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, different sages tell Yudhishthira about the benefits they received by praying to Shiva. In particular, the sage Valmiki, author of the ...
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Similar stotram

In vyankatesh stotra the following is mentioned: देवीदास विनवी श्रोतयां चतुरां । प्रार्थनाशतक पठण करा । जावया मोक्षाचिया मंदिरा । कांही न लागती सायास ॥ १०६ ॥ एकाग्रचित्ते एकांतीं । अनुष्ठान कीजे ...
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History of “Daridrya Dahan ShivaStotram”

Sage Vashistha created this beautiful stotram in praise of lord Shiva. You can read it in Sanskrit on this website https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_shiva/daaridryadahan.html?lang=sa And, the stotra ...
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Are there any Shaiva groups?

Like ISKCON is a Vaishnava group, are there any Shaiva groups? If I ever wanted to meet Shaivas, where would I find them?
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Age of River Vaigai

During Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, Ganga is supposed to have flown out Lord Sundareshwarar's locks (Lord Shiva) to quench Gundotharan's thirst. And this stream came to be known as Vaigai. Meenakshi ...
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What are the details of Lord Mahadeva's SarvaMedha yajna?

Mahabharata: Santi Parva: [Rajadharmanusasana Parva:] Chapter 20 यज्ञैरिन्द्रो विविधैरन्नवद्भि; र्देवान्सर्वानभ्ययान्महौजाः | तेनेन्द्रत्वं प्राप्य विभ्राजतेऽसौ; तस्माद्यज्ञे सर्वमेवोपयोज्यम् ||११|| ...
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Which is the Shaiva Itihasa that Linga Purana is talking about?

By Itihasa we usually only mean the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. But have a look at the following passage/verses from Linga Purana (Tr-J.LShastry-Part1, Ch-26): For the propitiation of the ...
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Was Seeta ji born as a blessing from Shiva?

We know that Shri Rama took birth to rid the three worlds of the tyranny of Ravana. But I recently came across a verse in the Valmiki Ramayan that says that Seeta was also born for the same purpose! ...
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Where Lord Shiva used to reside during the time when the Himalaya did not exist?

We know that the Himalaya range was formed out of the Tethys. We also know that Lord Shiva's abode is said to be the Mount Kailash. So, where Lord Shiva used to reside before Himalaya was formed?
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Which shloka explains this statement related to Shiva

If a person falls in dangerous situations such as in front of dangerous animals, then if such person says "Shiva", then the total situation comes under control and the animals don't harm that person. ...
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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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In which worship are these organs mentioned in YajurVeda offered to Lord Shiva?

Association of various bodily organs to Lord Shivas AsthaMurty form (8 forms) are mentioned in YajurVeda. Here is passage from YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 1.4.36: चित्तम् संतानेन भवं यक्ना रुद्र ...
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Why is dakshina murthy suppressing the demon Apasmara and what is his story?

Lord Dakshina Murthi, is considered as the source of all types of knowledge. This form represents Shiva as a teacher of yoga, music, wisdom and giving exposition on the shastras. He is worshipped as ...
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What is the origin of Chandrashekhara Ashtakam?

Chandrashekhara Ashtakam is believed to be created by Sage Marakandeya. It is believed that when Yama is trying to take life of Sage Marakandeya, then he had sung this Stotram and thus Lord Shiva has ...
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What does the meaning of “Vishnu” have to do with the word “Prabhu”?

As I discuss in this answer, the Pancharatra Agamas are the foundational texts of Vaishnavism. Similarly, the foundational texts of Shaivism are known as the Shaiva Agamas, aka the Shaiva Tantras. My ...
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Ram Raksha or Shiva Raksha : Which one was written first?

Ram Raksha Stotra (श्रीरामरक्षास्तोत्रम्) is a Sanskrit stotra, hymn of praise, used as a prayer for protection to Lord Rama. This stotra is Written by Budha Kaushika Rishi. As I discuss in this ...
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What is the story of Mahishi?

You may be familiar with God Ayyappa. He is also known as Manikanta. He is the main deity of Sabarimala temple. He took the incarnation to kill the demon Mahishi who is the sister of Mahishasura. She ...
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Who is sage Jalabimba and what is his connection to Vishnuswami and the Rudra Sampradayam?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...
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Who composed “Lingashtakam” & what are the “Asta Daridras” mentioned there in it?

The Lingashtakam is one of the most popular Ashtakams(a Stotram with 8 verses) dedicated to Lord Shiva which praises Him in the abstract "Lingam" form. You can read it here. However,till date,i ...
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What scriptures describe Sadashiva carrying Vishnu in Vishnu's abode of Paramapadam?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member) places great importance on the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which are mentioned in the poems of the ...
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Source reference for Lord Kartikeya's peeling off skin incident

I came across an information that there exists a temple for Lord Kartikeya in Kurukshetra where entry for women is prohibited. The reason for that is an incident in which there was a competition ...
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Is the worship of white Shivalinga forbidden at home?

I recently got myself a Shwet (white) Shivalinga. But I read somewhere on the Internet that worshipping of shwet shivalinga is only permissible at shamsaan and not at home. Is it true? If false is ...
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Exiting from the cycle of rebirth according to Saivism

In the Buddhist tradition , starting from Gautama, The Buddha opened a way to practically exit from Samsara. What about the Saivism? It is said that Shiva can grant to the devotee liberation from the ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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Who resurrected Kamadeva (Manmatha)? Was it Shiva or Goddess Tripurasundari

It is said that after Kamadeva was burnt to ashes, Ratidevi was devasted and took to penance. Kamadeva is restored in Ananga form. The land where he is restored is known as Kamarupa (as per the ...
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What is Beyond Paraparam in Saiva Siddhanta?

2945: Transcendental Union Beyond Word and Speech As salt in water, in Lord I mixed, Transcending Param and Paraparam states, Beyond word and speech I in union merged; "How was It?"-you ask "...
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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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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.
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Why third eye is vertically placed?

I am bit curious to understand why is the third eye in Shiva/Shakti depicted vertically not horizontally like the other two eyes, is there any specific reason/logic behind that or is it just ...
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Whose Idol is this?

In the Sri Sri Taraknath temple,Tarakeswar, West Bengal (a very very famous Shiva Temple of Bengal), an idol with two hands holding a trident is seen just beside the anadi-linga of Baba Taraknath. So ...

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