Questions tagged [shiva]

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 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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Why is the Gayatri Mantra so important?Who is Gayatri Devi?What is Her relation with Lord Shiva?

I have seen this question Someone had pointed out a quote of sage Yajnavalkya saying that Gayatri (Mantra) is the mother of the Vedas. a)We know that the Vedas emerged from the four faces of Brahma. b)...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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Lord Shiva and Brahmavadis

From the lecture of HG Anogh Lila Prabhu 3:25-5:01 HG makes mention of Lord Shiva training Brahmavadis in 4 courses.Can someone give a reference to this claim?
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Is Guru tatva and Shiva tatva the same?

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 3:08-3:13 HG says that : Guru tatva and Shiva tatva are the same.Like how the guru aids the student to reach Sri Krishna,so also Lord Shiva aids a devotee to ...
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Maya and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 2:49-3:03 Quoting HG: This tatva(Lord Shiva’s) is unaffected by Maya;it is neither beyond(transcending) Maya,neither is it polluted by Maya,it is pure. ...
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Is Lord Shiva both Creator and Destroyer?

(From the lecture by HG Amogh Lila Prabhu) 1:29-1:58 HG says that “all beings enter the Brahmand through the union of Lord Shiva and Prakirti” (Mother Parvati?). Is this true, can someone elaborate? ...
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Is there any reference to Panch Kedar in Scripture?

I know that Dwadash Jyotirlingas are mentioned in Shiv Puran. What about Panch Kedar? In which scripture importance of these tirthas are mentioned?
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Is the story of Kapalikas (skull-bearers) killing Krishna, Narasimha etc. found in sacred scripture?

From New World Encyclopedia - A mythological origin for the Kapalikas is given in the Goraksa-siddhanta-samgraha, which tells of an occassion upon which the 24 avatars of Vishnu became intoxicated ...
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Is it possible for a person living in the Kaliyug to perform austerities so as to invoke deities like Lord Brahma or Lord Shiva?

https://www.quora.com/If-I-start-doing-Tapasya-in-this-modern-world-will-lord-Shiva-come-in-front-of-me This is one answer I saw on Quora.
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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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Are there any mantras similar to the Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra, but dedicated to deities other than Rudra (Śhiva)?

The Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra is one of most famous mantra, said to provide immediate protection to the devotee from death and other problems, and ultimately bestow Moksha to the chanter, if chanted ...
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What's the difference between the Popular, Long and Short versions of the Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra in terms of usage, benefits and theology?

I have come across three variations of Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra. One is the Popular Version, then there is a Long Version and the other is called as the Short Version. Here goes, "Popular Version&...
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If Kundalini awakening is the most potent form of Yoga and requires intense sadhana, what is this ‘westernised version’ being followed by just anyone?

This is rather a confusing stance for me. It’s usually said Kundalini awakening needs proper receptivity and grace, guru initiation is one out of the many necessary methods to reach there and ...
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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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Do the same energies live in Graveyard (Kabristaan) and Cremation Grounds (Shamshaan Ghaat) or are they different?

Like Bhoot, Pret, MASAAN and other beings? What about dead bodies there? Do they have different energies?
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Can some Stuti mantras give siddhis? Do these verses need initiation & Guru Diksha if they start with OM?

Like the famous "Om Jayanti Mangla Kali Bhadra Kali Kapalini" verses. ॐ जयंती मंगला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time? [closed]

Here I am giving unconfirmed sources. In Kurma Purana II.39.56-62, Shiva says Indeed the holy Pasupata vow has been formerly designed by me for the achievement of liberation. It is the greatest of ...
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Is Nandī, the vehicle mount (vāhana) of Śhiva, a Bull or an Ox?

Nandī, the vehicle mount (vāhana) of Śhiva, is commonly referred to as "Nandī baila" (नंदी बैल), in the popular hindi jargon. However, there's a difference between a Bull (सांड) and an Ox ...
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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Do some Shaiva sects think that Rudra is different from Shiva?

I have heard from some Shaivas that Shiva is another being from Rudra. They say that Rudra is tamasic whereas Shiva is sattvic. Is this really what some Shaiva scriptures say?
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What is the meaning of three-headed Bhairav idols and Shiva Purana 3.8.2?

Shiva Purana 3.8.2 states: Bhairava is the prior form of Siva, the great soul. Fools who are deluded by Śiva’s Māyā do not know about it. Bhairavaḥ pūrṇarūpo hi śaṃkarasya parātmanaḥ | mūḍhāstaṃ vai ...
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Scriptual references for Adi Shankaracharya and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj being Lord Shiva's avatars

I have read about Adi Shankaracharya being incarnation of Lord Shiva, similarly in many articles, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is shown as a Avatar of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the scriptural ...
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What is the story of suryagrahan and chandragrahan as per scriptures?

I have read in a quora answer that rahu and ketu desired to eat surya and chandra as revenge for what happened to them. They chased surya dev and chandra dev who took surrender in lord shiva. Seeing ...
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Mahadeva/Shiva's origin [duplicate]

I read Brahma originated from of Narayana's naval lotus. How did Shiva originate? He was there to marry Daksha's daughter; he was made lord of Rudras. Interested to learn about his birth/origin.
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Is there any Vedic reference of Lord Shiva or Lord Rudra worshipping Maa Siddhidatri to attain Siddhis?

Here is what I found on Wikipedia: Siddhidhatri is the ninth form of the Goddess Durga or Parvati, the meaning of her name is as follows: Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and ...
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Does Manu Smriti mention Lord Shiva?

In Manusmriti, Brahma and Narayana are mentioned. But i didn't found mention of Lord Shiva. Is he also mentioned there?
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Which scripture says that Vedas, Sri Rudram, Panchakshari mantra, and the word 'Shiva' are supreme?

"VidyAsu SrutirutkrishTA rudraikAdaSini Srutau | tatra panchaksharl tasyAm Siva ityakshara dvayam ||" "Among all sources of knowledge (vidyas), the Vedas are supreme. In the Vedas, Sri ...
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How can one become brahma/vishnu/shiv?

I heard that one can become Indra if he does 1000 rajsuvi/ashwamedha yajna(not sure). But is there anywhere in shastras written how can one become one among tridevs?
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Was Shiva really cursed and did his phallus really fall to the ground as claimed in this image?

This Instagram handle posted the following image claiming Shiva's phallus fell to the ground after he was cursed by a rishi. Is this story really present in the said scripture? May be translation be ...
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Does popular worship of Lord Shiva in Northern India comes under any Shaiva sect or is it Advatic/Smartha by nature?

We know Saiva Siddhanta,(a dualistic Shaiva sect) and Veer Shaiva,(another dualistic Shaiva sect) exists in south, I don't think there are any such sects in north India. Except maybe Kashmir Shaivism, ...
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Form of Devi attached to Ardhanarishwera form of Shiva

As per this video, Devi Siddhidatri, 9th form of Goddess Durga is attached to Ardhanarishwera form of Shiva. Is it correct? If not, then which form of devi Durga is she? Looking for scriptural ...
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Lakshmi and Parvati teasing each other's spouse - is this folklore or scripture?

The Srivaishnavite preacher Velukkudi Krishnan quotes the original Sanskrit and also explains in Tamil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIr8TBNKj04 Is this scripture or folklore? Very rare instance of ...
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In the Rigveda, is there any story about lord Shiva?

Is there any story about lord Shiva in the Rigveda?
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Do Srivaishnavites and Madhwites differ on the taratamya of Siva and Vishwaksena?

For Srivaishnavites, Vishwaksena is a Nityasuri who lives in Vaikuntha. For Srivaishnavites, it is my understanding that Siva is Anapahatapapma - a sinner, a jiva full of Tamo guna, who is subject to ...
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Does the Srivaishnavite sect say that Vishnu created Chaturmukha Brahma?

Siva is said to have incurred sin by cutting off Brahma's fifth head. The Srivaishnavite sect accepts this and if I recall correctly, some Vaishnavite temples in the South have sthalapuranams that ...
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Maha Deva as Trivishtapa : The Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas

Maha Deva is also caled " Trivishtapa " or the Provider of the Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas. What are Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas?
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Are there prayers that address Siva's entire family (Siva,Parvati,Ganesa and Kartikeya) collectively and/or individually?

The Ganesa and Kartikeya stories don't seem to intersect that much. Has Siva's family been praised collectively in prayers?
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Has each member of the family of Siva - Siva,Parvati,Ganesa,Kartikeya been called Brahman? [duplicate]

For Siva we have numerous examples. For Kartikeya we have a reference from Mahabharata. How about Ganesa and Parvati?
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Did Siva come to Gokula to view the baby Krishna?

It is said that he wanted to see the beauty of the baby Krishna. For the 100 millionth time, the other question doesn't even remotely answer this question and has no direct citations from scripture ...
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According to Smarta, all of three of the "Trimurti" are equal. But why isn't Brahma given the same significance as Vishnu and Shiva?

Even Puri Shankaracharya said that chanting the name of Narayana and Shiva would have the same benefits. However, why don't anyone give such importance to Brahma?
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Sri Vishnu Gita is present in which Puranas or ancient texts or scriptures.?

I have came accross some questions in other public forums saying there is a vishnu gita claiming there lord vishnu gave his gita gyan to lord shiva. After searching a lot thankfully I came across this ...
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Are Shiva, Parvati, and their children, the only Gods who dwell on Earth?

I was referring to Mount Kailasha. Among the Trimurti, Vishnu, along with Lakshmi, and Brahma, along with Sarasvati, appear to dwell in other realms. So do the other Gods.
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Why do only the mounts of Shiva and Vishnu have actual names (Nandi and Garuda)?

Do the VAhanas of Durga (lion), Ganesha (mouse), and Skanda (peacock) have names of their own, just like Shiva's mount is named "Nandi"?
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Different methods of doing Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam?

What are different kinds and methods of Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam? Several priests and jyotiṣika (astrologers) recommend doing abhiṣekam with water (जल ), milk (दुग्ध ), bhasman (भस्मन्), sugarcane ...
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What is the exact location of nagesh jyotirlinga?

There is a controversy regarding the location of Nagesvara Jyotirlinga. Is it in Jageshwar, Almora (Uttrakhand)? Or is it located in Nageshwara or Darukavana, Dwarka (Gujrat)?
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Maha Shivaratri in Margashira or Magha masa?

In this answer it is stated that Shivaratri is celebrated in Margashira masa (Dec). But Shivaratri festival is celebrated in Magha masa (Feb-Mar). Why the celebration in a different month? Are there ...
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How Shiva tests his disciples?

Where can be found references about ways of Shiva testing his students And disciples? Please provide some texts in the answers.
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Is the modern Indian state Tripura somehow related to the three cities Shiva destroyed in his Tripurantaka form?

Please read Edit 1(At the end) Does the state, Tripura, derive its name from the Three legendary asura cities which Lord Shiva destroyed in his Tripurantaka form? Most searches return that the name is ...
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The real story behind Baijnath and Gokarna

A similar story goes for two different cities. Baijnath and Gokarna. Which one is the correct one? If both of them are true, did Ravana carry Shivlinga twice?

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