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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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Is there any pdf of Siva Dharma and Śiva Dharmottara puran available?

Is there any pdf file of both Shiva Dharma Puran and Shiva Dharmottara Puran available ?
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Panchakshari Mantra is "Om" and not "Om Namah Shivaya"?

I came across this article, and it seems to introduce many controversial ideas about the Mahamantra. He provides references and quotes, too. https://www.jagatgururampalji.org/en/shiv-puran/om-namah-...
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Authentic English translation of Shiv Puran

I have looked this up on internet and found JL Shashtri translation of Shiv Purana but many people have told me that it is not accurate and author have put his own views instead in many places.So i am ...
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About this form of Lord Shiva

In the below picture, Shiva appears Ardhanarishvara-like form with five faces. I want to know about this form of Lord Shiva. Is this form of Shiva and any stories/hymns of this form mentioned in ...
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Please help me identify the hymn being sung in this segment

https://youtu.be/ymoKnBGSFGM?feature=shared From 18:27 to 22:46, there is a hymn being sung in what I'm told is the malkauns raga. I hear the phrases 'Niranjana Nirākāra', and 'Dukhha bandhana ...
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Some question about mahadev and devi parvati [duplicate]

why don't we circle full shivling and if we circle the shivling {parikrama}5-6times,what will happen (any way to repent to mahadev Or atoning) for it if someone intentionally or unintentionally ...
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Suprabhedāgama Text

I found one text of Suprabhedāgama, a Shaiva Agama text at https://vedicreserve.miu.edu/sthapatya_veda/suprabhedagama.pdf . Is there any English/Hindi/Tamil/Telugu translation of it? Or any old ...
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Shiv Puran Section 4 Chapter 12 ( Kotirudra Samhita Adhyay 12) states Shiv ling is Penis and Yoni is Vagina

In the mentioned Chapter, Rishi Suta explains the story behind Shivling. In the translations it states that Shivji appeared in front of wives of Sages holding his penis in his hand and sages curse him ...
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how long will the fight between kalki and kali purush will last?

like how would a fight between kalki and kali purush look like? what kinds of attacks and technique they would use? and how long it will last? for days? for years? like for example the fight between ...
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Do scriptures support the offering of Turmeric to Shivling?

Many people oppose the offering of Turmeric (Haldi) on Shivling by claiming that Haldi is of feminin nature while Shivling is of masculine. By that logic, Kumkum should also be prohibited for ...
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Pañchākśara Mantra in other Vedic texts

Is the Panchākśara Mantra (Namah Śivāya) mentioned in any Vedic text other than the Śrī Rudram or Śatarudrīrya of Yajurveda? , like , is it mentioned in any Brāhmaṇa texts or any other Vedic texts?
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What is told about the Mahāmrityuñjaya mantra in the Purānas?

Which Purānas mention the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra? And what is told about it?
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Where are these Lord Shiva stotras and mantras from?

There are many popular songs with these lyrics, the first one seems to be called Namaskaratha Mantra. What is the meaning if Namaskaratha? And where all these stotras and mantras from? Also these ...
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Which scriptures show Siva's connection with Kashi/Varanasi? [duplicate]

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev says "The legend of Kashi goes by the fundamental that Shiva himself lived here. This is his winter place. He lived as an ascetic in the upper regions of the Himalayas, ...
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is Krishna making an Advaitic statement in Vishnu Purana?

At the end of the Banasura fight, Krishna says to Siva: https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/vishnu-purana-wilson/d/doc116055.html When he had concluded, Govinda, dismissing his resentment against ...
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Daily basis I am chanting the maha mrityunjaya mantra with samput

Only a daily basis I am chanting the maha mrityunjaya mantra with samput does it also worship the bhairva along with shiva or it is totally a different process I have just visited Kal Bhairva temple ...
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Does Siva reside In the Sun?

Are there verses praising Siva as residing within the Sun like there are statments for Vishnu regarding the same?
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Do Hindu gods copulate?

Do Hindu gods have sex? If no, then how would you explain birth of Shani as he acquired traits from Chhaya and children of Sangya were totally opposite to him in terms of looks?
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Why Shiva getting angry when Devi Sati get cremated?

Shiva is considered as supreme god and he is beyond time. In other words time is controlled by Shiva and he is Aadi Yogi (Most controlled and calm). So, he already know what will happen next. So my ...
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Meaning of Kṛttivāsā?

What is the proof that "Kṛtti" means skin or hide? Is the word used in the Vedas for denoting skin anywhere?
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What is the exact and accurate translation of Vājasaneyi Samhita 3.61

What is the accurate translation of this mantra from the Vājasaneyi Samhita - ए॒तत्ते॑ रुद्राव॒सं तेन॑ प॒रो मूज॑व॒तोऽती॑हि। अव॑ततधन्वा॒ पिना॑कावसः॒ कृत्ति॑वासा॒ऽअहि॑ꣳसन्नः शि॒वोऽती॑हि॥ ~ Vājasaneyi ...
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Who is Kalaka, and is there any other information about Mahesha, Sarada, and Vaitala?

In the answer to my question, I learned about the name 'Kalaka'. But, who is Kalaka? I found some background behind Shiva, Parvati, and Bhairava's incarnations, Mahesha, Sarada and Vaitala in this ...
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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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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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is the story of Siva being his own great grandfather in scripture?

The story goes that a saint asked Shiva who his grandfather was. Shiva replied that his grandfather was Vishnu, and his great-grandfather was himself Is it scriptural or folklore?
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From which scripture is this Dhyāna mantra of Lord Shiva from?

ध्याये नित्यं महेशं रजतगिरिनिभं चारुचन्द्रावतंसं रत्नकल्पो ज्वलान्गम् परसु मृग वर भितिहस्तं प्रसन्नं पद्मासिनं समन्तात स्तुतं अमरगणै : व्याघ्रकृत्तिं वसानं विश्वाद्यं विश्ववन्द्यं निखिलभयहरं ...
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What is the scriptural source of the Banalinga Kavacham?

The Banalinga Kavacham is as follows: बाणलिङ्गकवचम् अस्य बाणलिङ्ग कवचस्य संहारभैरवऋषिर्गायत्रीच्छन्दः, हौं बीजं, हूं शक्तिः, नमः कीलकं, श्रीबाणलिङ्ग सदाशिवो देवता, ममाभीष्ट सिद्ध्यर्थं जपे विनियोगः ॥ ...
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Śrī Rudram Laghunyāsa is found in which scripture?

These mantras are part of the Śrī Rudram Laghunyāsa - ॐ अथात्मानग्ं शिवात्मानग् श्री रुद्ररूपं ध्यायेत् ॥ शुद्धस्फटिक सङ्काशं त्रिनेत्रं पञ्च वक्त्रकम् । गङ्गाधरं दशभुजं सर्वाभरण भूषितम् ॥ नीलग्रीवं ...
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What is the physical appearance of Lord Rudra in the Vedas?

I wanted to know more about the physical appearance of Rudra in the Vedas , Like what does Krittivāsa and Nīlagrīva actually mean?
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What is the exact meaning of the word "kritti" in Kṛttivāsa?

We know that Lord Śiva is known as Kṛttivāsa, but what is the exact meaning of "Kritti"? Does it really mean hide or skin?
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Difference between Rudraprashna, Satarudriya, Rudrashtadhyayi, and Rudra Suktam

Can anyone tell me whether the following four mantras are the same or different? What are the benefits of chanting each and when are they to be chanted? Satarudriya Rudraprashna / Sri Rudram / ...
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Who is Shree Muneshwara Swamy? What is his story?

There are many temples in South India dedicated to Shri Muneshwara Swamy. On Googling only this much information was found. Lord Muneshwaraan, who is a Hindu God, worshipped as a family deity in most ...
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Is it inappropriate to visit a medieval era tomb on vrat day?

Planning to visit a historical monument which is basically grand tomb of a Mughal emperor.There are graves of many unknown medieval era people too on that site. In Hinduism, there are restrictions on ...
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Are there any mantras that directly salute both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu?

It is well known that “Om Namah Shivaya” is dedicated to Lord Shiva,and “Om Namo Narayana” to Lord Vishnu. Is(are) there any mantra(s?) that is dedicated to both Lord Shiva and Vishnu at the same time?...
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What if I mispronounce words in Shiva tanam stotram?

I am mispronouncing it while reading and finding it very tough because of Sanskrit. Will this anger Lord Shiva? I am just trying to worship him.
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Was Ravan actually a big devotee of Lord Shiva?

Was he actually a huge Shiva bhakt or was it exaggerated to make him look good?
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How to make Lord Shiva happy so he fullfills a wish?

This isn't a materialistic wish so please don't think I am trying to trade with Lord.
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Is Shiva praised within the Valmiki-Ramayan?

Are there any verses within the Valmiki-Ramayana that praise Shiva? If so could you please refer to them?
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Can anybody state the origin of this verse?

While searching for a particular topic, I came across this verse. शूद्रो वा यदि वाऽन्योऽपि चण्डालोऽपि जटाधरः । दीक्षितः शिवमन्त्रेण सभस्माङ्गः शिवो भवेत् ।। Translation: Śūdras or any other person, ...
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Why do ascetic devotees of Shiva smoke weeds?

What is the reason behind ascetic devotess of Shiva particularly Naga Sadhus smoke weeds ? Why do they do so ? Is it some kind of Prasad of Shiva ?
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Are Nataraja, Pancha Bhuta Lingas, Mookambika. and Meenakshi mentioned in any scriptures?

Nataraja, the Panchabuta Lingas, Mookambika, and Meenakshi are some well-known deities in South India. Do any Hindu scriptures mention them?
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Other Details about Shiva's these incarnations

In this chapter from Satarudra Samhita of Shiva Purana mentiones the Mahakala, Tara, Bala, Sodasha, Bhairava, Chinnamastaka, Dhumavan, Bagalamukha, Matanga and Kamala avatars of Lord Shiva. I know ...
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Is there any mention of Shiva agrees to take Ganga into his hair in Shiva Purana?

Is there any mention of Shiva agrees to take Ganga into his hair so as to prevent her mighty flow from destroying the Earth in shiva purana.
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Is Krishna (or Vishnu) also called as Kaamshantak?

Is Krishna also called as Kaamshantak ? Or Is it the name of Vishnu ? If not who is called as Kaamshantak (somone who pacifies lust ) ? I think Shiva is the one who killed Kamadev once. Also Kamdev in ...
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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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These days it seems most followers of Santana Dharma either focus of Vishnu or Shiva. However Indra is called king of the Gods. Why?

Why are Vishnu and Shiva the main Gods worshiped now in Hinduism when in the Vedas Indra is considered King of the Gods, but is now a minor God? This issue comes up in comparative religion of pre- ...
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Scriptural references for Jivas getting Moksha in Shiva loka

Are there any Scriptural references which state that Jeevas can Attain Moksha on reaching Shiva loka and not fall back in Samsara?
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What was the body of Kama made of?

Kāmadeva is perhaps the only deva who was resurrected from the dead. Generally, resurrection of the dead occurs in the same body. But in the case of Kāmadeva, his original body was burnt down by ...
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Can anybody tell me more about Gandabherunda?

Gandabherunda was a form of Narasimha. I want to learn more about him, can't find any info on the internet apart from Wikipedia.
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What sort of creatures are the Vinayakas?

As stated here, there are a number of different creatures mentioned in scriptures, one of them being the Vinayakas. As per the answer, they are described as: Vinâyâka(विनायक): Malefic spirits ruled ...
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