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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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Who is the Kiratarupi Maharudra Rishi mentioned in the Dattatreya Vajra Kavacham?

The seer for the Dattatreya Vajra Kavacham is identified as 'Kirātarūpī Mahārudrṛṣiḥ'. This is inferred from the lines in the kavacham, as taken from the Himavath kanda of Sri Rudrayamala: asya ...
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Where in the Ramayana is it said that all the gods worship sage Agastya while the sage himself worships Śiva alone?

Śrī Appayya Dīkṣita mentions this in his Rāmāyaṇa-tātparya-sārasaṃgraha-stotra. It is apparently from the Rāmāyaṇa verses in the Araṇyakāṇḍa. But where exactly is it said that all the gods worship ...
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Shri Vishnu and Mata Parvati

I came across an article with a very weird title: The Tale of Lord Vishnu and his consort Parvati It mentions stories I have never heard or read about in any sources. So I wanted to know whether there ...
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About Lord Shiva in sleeping position

In have seen Lord Shiva in Sayana position sometimes, in fact there was a temple of Lord Shiva called Palli Kondeswara Temple. It's interesting and also i wanted to ask it for some days. So, my ...
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Why was Bhisma unable to glorify Lord Shiva as he previously glorified Sri Hari Vishnu without hesitation?

In Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva we see that when Yudhisthira asked Bhishma to say about Lord Shiva , Bhisma expressed his inability to do so but when Yudhisthira asked to glorify Vishnu ji then ...
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Why is the water of samkha (conch) forbidden from being offered to Shiva even though it can offered to all other Gods?

Devi bhagavata mentions that water of Shamkha is particularly pleasing to all the Gods except Shiva. The water in the conch-shell is also very holy and pleasing to the Devas. What more than this, ...
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Is there a verse in the Bori Mahabharata in which Shiva says that he was born from Vishnu?

Is there a verse in the Bori (critical edition) Mahabharata in which Shiva says that he was born from Vishnu?
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Did Lord Shiva really cut off his own phallus in the Following verses of the Mahabharata?

In the Mahabharata , Sauptika parva ch 17 KMG English translation - After the creatures had multiplied and the Grandsire had become well pleased, the first-born rose from the water and beheld the ...
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Why Śiva is so vehemently denigrated as Sadā-aśiva etc. only in the Brahmakhanḍa of Garuḍa purāṇa and Śaivas are said to be destined for eternal hell?

In contrast, the Ācāra khaṇḍa, chapter 24 says worshippers of Sadāśiva will become free from death itself. इच्छाज्ञानक्रियाशक्तिस्त्रिनेत्रो हि सदाशिवः ॥ एवं शिवार्च्चनध्यानी सर्वदा कालवर्जितः ॥५७৷৷ ...
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Medha Dakhinamurthy Chakra

Namaste, I was looking for a Medha Dakshinamurthy Chakra to supplement my Medha Dakshinamurthy Mantra Sadhana. I have a version of the chakra in Kannada but the print is not clear. It would be very ...
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Which texts narrate about Gopeśvara Mahādeva (Śiva as Gopa) and are there versions of it in non-vaishnava texts?

This website: The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal, describes "Once, deep in meditation on the sacred Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was enraptured by the sweet melodies of Krishna's divine flute. ...
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chandra, bruhaspati and his wife Tara

I have read this story of chandra and Tara, wife of deva guru, bruhaspati. It is kind of hard to digest despite soma and bruhaspati considered as demi gods. What is this story trying to tell? Why did ...
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Can I do nimajjan or immersion of a shiva lingam in the sea or a lake?

I wanted to know if we can do nimmajan of shiva linga in the ocean or a lake as we are unable to do abhisheka owing to personal reasons(Sutakam). Also the shiva linga might be slightly damaged.
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IS the beej mantra mentioned in this video authentic and will it work..?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqgBLCibUqQ please guide on this matter .. if not authentic can you please tell what mantra to chant to collectively please all planets and if know please recommend ...
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How and when can god listen our pray?

The concept of time in Hindu mythology has remarked that one day of god is equal to billions years of human. for example( correct me if wrong) One day of Brahma = 4.32 billion human years One year of ...
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How can there be fire inside Mahakal garbhagraha and harm the priests there?

Is this some leela? I know the rational answer is some chemical reaction but Mahakal is above all this. If he wants he could have stopped it and the injuries to devotees and priest. Not to say this ...
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Effect of sound on nature

Are there any scientific/mathematical studies or research on the effect of sound (MANTRA/BIJMANTRA) on human beings, or living beings? Can they be used for the treatment of diseases?
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Are there any mantras of arunachala shiva

Just like the above question. I want to know if any specific mantras exist for lord arunachala of Tiruvannamalai
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Was any verse in bori Mahabharata in which Shiva said that he was born from Vishnu or Vishnu said that Shiva born from Vishnu

Was there is any verse in bori Mahabharata in which Shiva said that he was born from Vishnu or Vishnu said that Shiva was born from him
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How was Bhagwan Shiva born?

It is being said that Shiva is the father of Vishnu, Vishnu is the father of Brahma and Brahma is the father of Shiva. I want to know how did Brahma give birth to Shiva ?
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Tungnath Lord Shiva Temple

Tungnath Temple How old could be the Tungnath Temple? Which century and who constructed the Tungnath Temple?
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Significance of Sharabha avatar defeating Narasimha?

What is the spiritual significance of sharabha avatar pacifying Narasimha avatar ?
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List of characters who have been able to Withstand Lord Vishnu's chakra or Shiva's Trisula?

Do the epics and Purānas mention any characters who have been able to resist and withstand the effects of Lord Vishnu's chakra or Lord Shiva's Trisula in a battle? If possible, please provide a ...
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Any mantra/strota to increase courage and have a warrior like will?

Is there any mantra / strota which make you fearless and give warrior like courage
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What are some ways to increase confidence and become mentally strong?

Are there any mantra/strota to gain confidence and mental stability
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Question regarding the Guna based classification of Kalpas and the devatas therein

According to certain Puranas, Kalpas are divided into three categories. In Sattvika kalpas, the greatness of Vishnu is predominant, In Rajasika Kalpas the greatness of Brahmā is predominant and in ...
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How many Shiva Sahasranama is there in Mahabharata, Purana, Agama, Tantra?

How many versions of Shiva Sahasranama is there in Mahabharata, Purana, Agama, Tantra ? Send all with exact location...
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Meditation practice in the name of god

we must Always keep your mind on God and be meditating in the name of god, right. Can anyone please tell me what kind of practice is supposed to be incorporated here. should we be thinking about him, ...
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Where is the story of Lord Śiva beheading Brahmā who was in the form of a stag (deer) found?

Prajāpati Brahmā in a desire to create more perfect and beautiful beings in the universe was obsessed with his beautiful daughter Rohiṇī. Sensing her father’s attraction and intention she assumed the ...
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Meaning of Kapardin " कपर्दिन् "

Lord Rudra is praised as Kapardin in the Ṛgveda and Yajurveda. The meaning is taken as " Braided hair " or " Matted hair " , what proof do we have that the word Kapardin means one ...
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Reference Request: Wild boar and a foolish son of a king who later became wise

What's the source of this story? I don't remember the exact wordings - but I am somewhat familiar with certain lines of it A rishi angered, cursed a king that his son would be born as a murkha (or ...
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Why does Bhavishya Puran say that Shiva or Vishnu can be glorified in front of each other but not in front of Durga?

The Bhavisya Purāna has the following quote - वासुदेवामतश्चापि रुद्रमाहात्म्यवर्णनम् ।। रुद्राग्रे वासुदेवस्य कीर्तनं पुण्यवर्धनम् ।। 2.1.7.३० ।। दुर्गाग्रे शिवसूर्यस्य वैष्णवाख्यानमेव च ।। यः करोति ...
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Why is Shiv Puran called Tamasic?

Lord Shiva, in the Padma Purana (Uttara Khand 236.19–21, 18) describes which Puranas belong to which mode: "O beautiful one, the Vishnu Purana, the Narada Purana, the auspicious Bhagavata Purana, ...
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Brahman versus Ishvara for the 5 or 6 main forms

Vishnu, Shiva, Ambika, Ganapati, Skanda, and Surya are five forms of Brahman or Ishvara. If they're five forms of Ishvara how can they marry, start famillies with themselves?
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Is Vishnu Puran the only correct puran for our time?

I came across this video on TRS Clips by Ranveer Allahbadia where the guest says the reason why our Purans contradict each other so much (for example claiming different Supreme Gods) is because they ...
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Who is Supreme Brahman?

In many Upanishad's such as the Skanda, Ganapati and Ganesha Upanishads, the principle deities of that Upanishad are proclaimed as the supreme Supreme Brahman but how can more than one deity be the ...
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Are Vishnu and Shiva the biggest devotees of each other?

Are Vishnu and Shiva biggest devotees of each other? I read online that Shiva is the foremost Vaishnav and Vishnu is the foremost Shaiv, is this true? If yes please quote your source. It would make ...
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Who is The Supreme God according to Bhagavata Purana?

I've heard from others that Sri Narayana is The Supreme Deity according to Bhagavata Puran (Srimad Bhagavatam) since it is a Vaishnava Text. Ironically upon reading it I actually found multiple verses ...
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Does Lord Shiva have any Mace (Gada)? Did Lord Shiva ever fight with mace?

As we know that Narayana has a mace named Kaumadi.. in the same way, does Lord Shiva also have a mace? Does Lord Shiva know mace fighting?
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Why is Shiva bhakti termed as the religion of Monsters in the Vamana purana?

Vaman Purāna 11.15-16,26 says this Does this mean if I devote myself to Shiva with the exclusion of all other devatas, It would make me a demon?
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What are the Vedic Shaiva Agamas being discussed in the following verses of the Shiva Puranas?

The Shiva Purana mentions the following - The Śaiva Āgama is of two varieties: Śrauta (Vedic) and Aśrauta (Unvedic). The Śrauta consists of condensed Vedic texts; the other one consists of ...
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Do Any Puranas or Upanishads mention the 36 tattva system of Shaivism?

Do any Puranas or Upanishads mention the 36 tattva system of Shaivism? Or is the system purely Tantric/Agamic?
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Why is worshipping multiple idols/symbols of certain deities forbidden in the Narada Purana?

The Narada Purana (I.67.120) says- शंखचक्रशिलालिंगविघ्नसूर्यद्वयं तथा ।। ६७-१२० ।। शक्तित्रयं न चैकत्र पूजयेद्दुःखकारणम् ।। One must not perform simultaneous worship of Two Sankha Chakras or (...
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Did Shiva get angry on Mata Sati when she doubted Ram?

I watched a youtube video in which a saint was saying that Mata Sati once doubted if Ram is actually the avatar of Vishnu and she went to test him. To which Shiva got angry on Sati and later abandoned ...
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what is the actual story of Maa Kali ending Raktabheej?

I have heard many versions of it, but this one stuck with me. Did maa kali behead Lord Shiva when he stepped down to calm her? And his head went spinning out of the universe and when kali gained ...
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A naturalistic view of Trimurti

I am a Vaishnava, and I am in no way converting just satisfying my curiosity. Does any non-Vedantic Darshana have later works that try and view Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva as creative, preservative, and ...
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Do any Scriptures mention the Shaivite Ritual of Linga-Dharana?

Do any Vedas, Puranas or Agamas mention the Shaivite ritual of Linga-Dharana?
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Is the Prasada / Nirmalya of Shiva impure and leads to hell?

Padma purana Uttara khanda Chapter 255 mentions the following - 98-101. Therefore, brāhmaṇas should always eat the remnants of the food offered to Viṣṇu. The remnants (of food offered to other gods) ...
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Are there any Scriptures that describe Maha-Sadashiva, The 25-headed form of Shiva?

I was wondering. Is this form of Lord Shiva mentioned in any Puranas or Shaiva Agamas?
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Seeking Clarifications and Insights on a Particular verse of the Markandeya Purana

Markandeya Purana 99.19 विसृष्टौ ऋङ्मयो ब्रह्मा स्थितौ विष्णुर्यजुर्मयः ।रुद्रः साममयोऽन्ते च तस्मात्तस्याशुचिर्ध्वनिः । । १९ The Various Translations of this Verse I came across are as follows - ...
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