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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shiva with four hands | explanation

Can anyone explain below form of Lord Shiva: I have few specific question: What’s the name of this form. Front two hands are showing some mudras. What’s the object attached to His Trishul. Meaning ...
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Mantra/Sloka to chant before we lit a lamp

For water we usually chant gange cha sloka, which provides all auspiciousness of these holy rivers: ganga. yamuna. godhavari. saraswati. narmada. sindhu. kaveri. Question: Is there anything similar ...
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Form of Shiva to visualise during chanting

I am searching for references to understand iconography of lord Shiva that we can visualise during om Namah Shivaya chanting.
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Which deity is associated with knowledge, intelligence ,omniscience ,intellect all at once?

We know that Rama devotee Hanuman is the bestower of knowledge, Maa Saraswati is the bestower of literature, Maa Durga and lord Shiva as the bestower of omniscience and omnipotence and Lord Ganesha as ...
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Clarifications on self-initiation to assume Dakshinamurti as guru

Background This post Procedure to make God(s) our Guru gives answers and references on how one can self-initiate and assume Dakshinamurti as guru. Because this is a complex topic, there are a lot of ...
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Does Romance exist between Shiv-Parvati and Vishnu-Lakhshmi?

Romance definitely exist between Krishna and Radha. But my question is regarding other two couples - Shiva-Parvati Vishnu-Lakshmi Or Are their relationship platonic ? Platonic relationship can exist ...
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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 Shiva a Yogi, who became Shiva by Yoga?

Who is Shiva ? Was he a normal human like us who became a Yogi just by Sadhana?
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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 did Vyasa write Bhagavatha and not any Shiva scripitures?

Lord Shiva was mentioned in vedas which was written by Vyasa sage, but he did not write Shiva purana but he wrote Bhagavata that too with the help of Lord Shiva son Vinayaka. Is there a reason for him ...
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Can Lord Shiva give positions of all Gods including the position of Vishnu and Brahma?

I want some verses where it's said that Lord Shiva can grant the post of Brahma, Vishnu and Indra and other gods to his devotees. Give verses with exact locations from shashtras.
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"वैष्णवानां सहस्रेभ्यः शिवभक्तो विशिष्यते" from where this verse is taken from?

What does this verse mean ? Also specify the exact location of the verse?
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How is Shiva's incarnation Lord Bhava connected to Lord Hanuman?

How is Shiva's incarnation Lord Bhava connected to Lord Hanuman ji?
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What are the instances in Hindu mythology where Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva are said to have met?

What are the instances in Hindu mythology where Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva are said to have met? I came across these bhajans which mention meetings between Bhole Bhandaari (Lord Shiva) and Braj Ki ...
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Can anyone share the source of famous sloka gange cha yamune chaiva?

Famous sloka for water purification or during bathing: गङ्गे च यमुने चैव गोदावरि सरस्वति । नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरि जलेऽस्मिन् संनिधिं कुरु ॥ Can anyone share the source of this sloka? Based on my ...
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What is the story of Panavattam under Shiva Lingam?

Is there a story of Panavatta that we keep under Shiva Linga in temples? Panavatta also gets the equal importance as Shiva lingam by attaching itself continuously to the Shiva Linga. Whatever we pour ...
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Which is the Shiva beej mantra?

Which is the beej mantra of Shiva Haum or Hraum and what is the difference between the two? Can someone who is not initiated still chant these beejas?
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Important tithis for Mahadeva?

What are the important tithis for Mahadeva? Examples: Mondays are called auspicious for Mahadeva. sukla paksha asthami is auspicious for Devi Durga. what are the tithis for Mahadeva?
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Is Śiva a Vaiṣṇava? Does Shastras speak of Viṣṇu being the greatest devotee of Lord Śiva? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether shastras say otherwise ie viṣṇu being the greatest Śaiva. I always see Vaiṣṇava Katha vachakas constantly quoting from Śrīmad Bhagavatam about Śiva being limited to only ...
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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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From which scripture is this Mahiṣāsura Mardini Stotram come from? [duplicate]

अयि गिरिनन्दिनि नन्दितमेदिनि विश्वविनोदिनि नन्दिनुते गिरिवरविन्ध्यशिरोऽधिनिवासिनि विष्णुविलासिनि जिष्णुनुते । भगवति हे शितिकण्ठकुटुम्बिनि भूरिकुटुम्बिनि भूरिकृते जय जय हे महिषासुरमर्दिनि रम्यकपर्दिनि ...
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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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How to purify water for shiv abhishek or Japa?

If we keep water in copper vessel, and plan to use that water for abhishek of shiva linga or want to keep it during japa. Here are the following questions: What mantra to chant on the water? What is ...
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What do the arms mean on Shiva with six arms?

In St. Louis years ago I ran across a large statue (at least 26" across) of Shiva Nata-raja dancing within the circle of fire and the regular four arms. But this one had six distinct arms. It was ...
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About combined Elephant and Bull

In Batu Caves, i saw first picture that head of elephant and bull are combined together. Also, it's likely to be connection of Shiva and Vishnu. So my question is, do any scriptures mentions about it ...
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What are the rules which will make "namah shivay" mantra more effective?

I read chapter 12, 13 and 14 from Shiv Mahapuran(Vaivhav samhita). Shiv gave few rules in discussion with Parvati. Any "matrin" answers below questions i will be grateful. What lamp or oil ...
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Brahmasutra Lingam and its types

I found some lingams with lines carved on them but for some lingams there are no lines carved. I've heard that the lingam which has these lines is more auspicious than the regular ones. So I'd like to ...
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Hanuman God's birth history

In Shiva Puran according to some sources it is narrated that Parvati and Shiva has had carnal relation through which Hanuman God was born in the form of Vanara and after that, not wishing to carrying ...
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Do Any of the Puranas mention stories of Asuras overcoming Shiva or Vishnu in a Battle?

Vishnu and Shiva are regarded as two of the ultimate Godheads in Sanatana dharma and they both revered as the Ultimate Vanquishers of Demons. However, Are there any instances in Puranas where certain ...
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