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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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What is the story of Harihara?

I know Harihara is a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva, but Is any stories about this form described in any scriptures? (Note: It is not a duplicate of Harihara litearture. That question is just ...
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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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How to worship a shiva linga?

How does one practice to worship shiva linga in house? What are the specific days and events which are essential to be performed, and do we have to put milk,curd,honey and ghee each week to maintain ...
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Why are shaivas so rude to Vishnu. Why can’t they admit both are one and worship eachother? [closed]

I see so many toxic shaivas blame EVERYTHING on ISKCON, even tho very little of us are iskcon and most are Sri Vaishnavas. Shiva worships and loves Vishnu and vice versa. If we as a religion can’t ...
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Is there a written Aghori/Aghor Shastra or are teachings based purely on guru-shishya transmission?

If there are shastra that are specific to Aghora can you please name it or them? I know Aghoris have their own mantras but I don't know if they are written down and based purely on memory.
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Why Bhagwan Shiva is not seen on Kailash?

What is the reason why Shiva is not seen on Kailash ? Does he live in invisible form ? Although Shiva is devta, so he obviously doesn't have human like body. Are all devtas invisible to humans ? Why ?
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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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what is the source of Sivakalpataru mantra?

I can remember only a few lines. Prabhumisha manisham ashesha gunam. Gunahina Mahisha Garabharanam. Rananirjita Durjaya Daitya puram Pranamami Sivam Siva Kalpatarum. What is the source of this bhajan/...
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How rishi markandeya can be the composer of Mahamrityunjay mantra?

If Mahamrityunjay mantra was described in Vedas very before then why it was said that it was composed by rishi markandeya? Does it was added later in the puranas to highlight this mantra?
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I want to set up a public welfare organization aimed at linking Kailash and Shiva believers and uniting all believers. Is it feasible

Our organization is dedicated to connecting Hindu believers with Mount Kailash, and I know the importance of this goal because I myself have found inner peace and strength there. Mount Kailash is a ...
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Is the roudra weapon really the same weapon as the pashupata weapon?

As I know, when Arjuna did penance to Indra, Shiva referred to the pashupata weapon as "roudra" but also as a pashupata, implying that it is another name of the weapon according to Shiva: '"O great ...
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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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Age old divine confusion: Shiva or Krishna?

My spiritual journey: I was not a firm believer for the better part of my life. The lure of science (especially physics (my career) and the theory of evolution) led me to stray off of my somewhat ...
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Scriptural Reference for the following below statement marked in bold

An User in his comment says the following.: yes. Vishnu = owner. brahma = ceo. shiva = coo. indra = MD. vayu, agni, varuna, yama, kubera = VPs. all are posts except Vishnu. each manvantara or kalpa ...
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Sankalpa of naam japa

What are the rules for Sankalpa of naam japa? If someone is chanting 108 or 1008 storam of a deity. How to decide the following: number of days to continue. number of times per day. Day to start ...
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Are there any Female manifestations of Shiva and Vishnu (other than Mohini)?

Has Lord Shiva Ever taken any Female manifestations in the Puranas or Shaiva Agamas/Tantras? Similarly, Does Lord Vishnu have any feminine manifestations? (Other than Mohini because I know that one) ...
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What is the meaning of the word "Shiva"?

Is "Shiva" just a name of a God or does the word actually denote something? In other words, what is the real meaning of the word "Shiva" (also spelled as Śiva or शिव)?
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List of Shaiva sages mentioned in scriptures

Which Sages are described in the scriptures(Vedas,Upanishads,Puranas) to be Shaivas (Devotees of Shiva)? Please provide a list of Shaiva sages as long as possible.
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About Bhuthathan's birth from Halahala poison

Most of us know that Lord Shiva swallowed the Halahala. But, I have recently heard that a being called Bhuthathan was born from that poison. (You can learn about him from here) AFAIK, the Maha Puranas ...
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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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Who is Mantramaheśvara mentioned in Shiva Sutras by Jaideva Singh?

In Shiva Sutras, section III, Sutra 7, Shiva says what happens when conquering moha/mãyã: मोहजयादनन्ताभोगात्सहजविद्याजयः ॥ ७ ॥ "By an all pervasive conquest of delusive Maya is there mastery of ...
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Explanation of the terms Pinda, Pada, Rüpa and the Rūpātīta

In Ullasa 13 of Kaularnava Tantra, verse 76, Shree Shiva says to Shree Devi one of the characteristics of Guru: पिण्डं पदं तथा रूपं रूपातीतं चतुष्टयम यो वा सम्यग्विजानाति स गुरुः कथितः प्रिये ।। ७६ ।।...
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Why was Rudrani born as Devi Sati and Parvati?

I’m assuming Rudrani=Sati/Parvati for the purposes of the question. Lord Rudra emerges from the forehead of Brahmaji and takes on 11 names and places (Ekadasha Rudra). Here Brahmaji also gives these ...
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Can Lord Shiva kill anyone who is immortal ? Or can Lord Shiva break any boons given by other Devatas?

Can Lord Shiva kill anyone who is immortal ? Or can Lord Shiva break any boons given by other Devatas ?
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Where is the Shanti Mantra for Sri Rudram mentioned in Scriptures (Vedas/Puranas)?

The Shanti Mantra for Shri Rudram is as follows: हरि: ॐ इडादेवहुर्मनुर्यग्न्यनिब्रुहस्पतिरुक्तथामदानि स(गुन०)सिशदविश्वेदेवा: सुक्तवाच: प्रुथिविमातर्मा मा हि(गुन०)सि: मघुमनिश्ये मघुजनिश्ये ...
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What is the best time to read Sri Rudram?

I would like to know the best time to read Sri Rudram (Namakam Chamakam) and also the order in which we need to read. Are there any rituals that should be performed while reading Sri Rudram? The ...
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For Maharudram or Athirudram how many priests should chant the rudram?

For Maharudram or Athirudram, how many priests should chant the rudram?
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Which verse of Sri Rudram of Yajurveda has the word "Shiva"?

People generally believe that "Shiva" is not mentioned in Vedas but "Shiva" is mentioned in the Śatarudrīya in the eighth anuvaka of the Sri Rudram of Yajurveda. That text is the origin of the Pranava ...
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What is significance of Athi Rudra Mahayagnam?

There are five methods of chanting the Rudram viz. Ordinary method (aka 1 Rudram) = where first Namakam (all 11 anuväkas) are read followed by the Chamakam. Rudra ekadasini= where after ...
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What is the nothingness that Sadhguru speaks of when discussing Shiva?

Is that nothingness a void, or perhaps something related to Buddhism?
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WHY DO EVERY INDIAN GIRLS DESIRE A HUSBAND LIKE LORD SHIVA?

Why Lord Shiva is treated as ideal husband material by Indian women. Why Every unmarried Girls dream to have a Husband like Mahadeva for an example in our area they do 16 Somvaar Vrat, Shivratri Vrat ...
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What was the War Cry in Ramayana and Mahabharata war?

I saw somewhere that in both Ramayana and Mahabharata, the warriors of both sides(as in Ramayana and Mahabharata most of the characters were Shiva devotees) used to say "Har Har Mahadev" as ...
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Anushthana of naam japa

I have heard about anusthana of mantra japa. For mantra and anusthana guru is necessary for permission and others valuable reasons. But to get a actual guru in kaliyug is tricky. In other hand, ...
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Do most scholars agree that Shiva and Vishnu are both free from Maya?

Are Shiva and Vishnu, both of them, free from Maya, and do all or almost all schools of Hindu theology believe they are?
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what is difference between Rudra Avatar and normal Avatar of Shiva? is Veerbhadra just Avatar or Rudra Avatar?

Shiva has 11 Rudra Avatar but these name doesn't include Hanuman as well as Veerbhadra. I have seen an answer regarding Hanumaan but have curiosity about Veerbhadra , he is for sure avatar but is he a ...
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Does Siva kill Varaha?

I recall reading that lord Siva killed Varaha, Visnu's boar incarnation. Is it true? Is this in any scripture? Apparently, Narad, the sage, took offense seeing the mother suckling her cubs. Somehow ...
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We say Siya Ram and Radheshyam why we say Shiv Parvati why don't we say Parvati Shiv?

There is always name of female before male like Siya Ram, Radheshyam then we say Shiv Parvati not Parvati Shiv.
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Anant (Infinite) - Is this Bhagwan Shiv Ji's name or Bhagwan Vishnu Ji's name?

Given that it is said 'Hari Anant Hari Katha Anantha...', and at other places, how Mahadev is Mahakaal i.e. 'beyond time' kind of infinity, and also in the story where Shiv Ji took form of infinite ...
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How to properly separate from Shiva Linga?

I have not been a good devotee to the Shiv Ling and feel that I can't take care of it the way it deserves, what should I do to separate from it?
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Alternative to mantras

Chanting mantras without initiation is not fruitful. I found few references: Sin of chanting mantras without initiation. Mantras without initiation not possible. I read shiv puran(English ...
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Are the 11 rudras mentioned in the Vedas?

Do Vedas describe about the 11 rudras? What are the names of those rudras according to Vedas? How did they emerge from the supreme Rudra?
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Why "Rama" Nama is called Taraka mantra?

At Manikarnika Ghat of Varanasi (Kashi), Lord Shiva liberates the dead by saying "Taraka mantra" in ears of the dead. Many Puranas assert this fact. Chapter 30, Purvavadha , Kasi Khanda of Skanda ...
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What is Sanatana Dharma?

I have heard somewhere that it's Shaivam that makes Sanatana Dharma eternal. Are there some reference from shastras?
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara all the three supreme gods are worshipped at once?
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What scriptures describe Shiva whispering Rama's name to those who die in Kashi?

The Rama Bhujanga Stotra is a hymn to Rama composed by the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. Here is what he says in verse 3 of the hymn: yadāvarṇayatkarṇamūle'ntakāle śivo rāma rāmeti ...
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meaning of the verse - yugapad jñānā utpatti manaso liṅgam

what does the shloka mean yugapad jñānā utpatti manaso liṅgam युगपत ज्ञाना उत्पत्ति मनसो लिंगम meaning of each words: युगपत (Yugapat): Simultaneously or together. ज्ञाना (Jnana): Knowledge or ...
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How was Vishnu born?

It is being said that when Shiva poured Amrit on his left hand, Vishnu was born. I want to know it in details. Where it is written ? Apart from the above, Is there any other story of birth of Vishnu ?
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Is there any fight between Vṛshava Avatara of Śiva and Viṣṇu?

I saw this in Devon ke Dev Mahadev and Vighnaharta Ganesha serial.But does this have any scriptural reference? Did Śiva killed viṣṇu here and his sons ? Did Śiva really gave another Sudarshana chakra ...
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Can the mantra Om Namah Shivaya be chanted as a general prayer to Shiva?

I read online that this mantra translates into "I bow to Shiva, who represents the inner self" and helps the chanter attain realization of the inner self. Can this mantra also be used as a general ...
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Is there any any naam kirtan of Shiva?

Do we have any naam-kirtan of god Shiva similar to the Hare Krishna for Sri Krishna, in the shastras?

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