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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What is reverse chanting?

Someone told a priest that he wants to pray in reverse and the priest told him this: You are praying like Om Namah Shivay currently. So you need to pray now Shivay Namah Om. So my question is what ...
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Why isn't Lord Ayyappa an avatar of Lord Mahavishnu?

We consider Lord Mahavishnu as having ten avatars because they descend to this material plane (Earth). Doesn't that apply to Lord Ayyappa who is the son of Lord Shiva & Vishnu? Shouldn't he be ...
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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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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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Why do priests tie up flower garlands when performing Rudrekadasi?

While performing Rudrekadasi, the priests tie the flower garland across the room or from the ceiling of the room. Why is this done?
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What is the significance of Bel leaves in Shiva worship?

Aegle Marmelos or Bel Leaves are used in the rituals related to Lord Shiva. What is the significance of these leaves in Hinduism?
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Why does lord Shiva have three eyes?

How did lord Shiva of the Thrimoorthi get three eyes? Who gave him the third eye?
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Why is there a Damaru attached to Lord Shiva's trishul?

Why is a Damaru attached to the Trishul that Lord Shiva carries? What does that Damaru signify?
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What is the story of tortoise which is just in front of Nandi in Lord Shiva Temple?

I have seen in many temples there are Nandi and tortoise facing the Shiva linga. what is the story of being tortoise facing the Shiva linga?
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Why lord Shiva has a crescent moon on his head?

Why there's a crescent moon over lord Shiva's head? Image Credits : hdwallpapers.com
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Why did lord Shiva chop off lord Brahma's fifth head?

As I've heard before, there was a story which said that lord Brahma had five heads but the fifth one was chopped off by lord Shiva. So why did lord Shiva chop off the fifth head of lord Brahma? ...
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Why did Daksha Prajapathi (father of Sati) hate Lord Shiva?

Why did Daksha hate Shiva, though Shiva is his son-in-law and one of Trimurti?
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Why does Srikalahasti Temple remain open during an eclipse?

As we all know, temples remain closed when there is an eclipse. But the Srikalahasti temple remains open even during eclipses and they also do special pujas on these occasions. Please share the story/...
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What is that flow of water on the head of lord Shiva?

You can see in many pictures of lord Shiva a flow of water like this: Source: satishverma.deviantart.com What exactly is it?
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Why does lord Shiva wear a Naga (snake) around his neck?

As you can see in many pictures of Shiva, he wears a naga wrapped around his neck. Credits for Image So is there any reason behind keeping that naga around his neck, or is that a vahan for lord Shiv ...
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Why Shiva (an asectic god) has family while most other Gods don't?

Shiva or Mahadev is generally considered a deity of Sanyasi/yogis. Shiva himself is the greatest yogi and lives in Smashan. But unlike most other Hindu gods, he has a proper family. Parvati is his ...
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What is a Shivling? [duplicate]

As far as I know and understand, the Sanskrit word "lingam" लिन्गम् means the genital organ of a human or an animal. Is the Shivling the same thing? If this is so, what is the significance behind ...
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What is the significance of pouring milk on the Shivling?

I have seen people pouring milk on the Shivling. What is the significance of this? Image taken from shivmandirsarthali.com
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What is the significance of Pradhosham?

In Shiva temples, special poojas are performed during Pradhosham. What is the reason behind observing Pradhosham? Are there any specific requirements that ought to be observed during Pradhosham?
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Why is Somnath of higher value than other Shiva lingas?

There is one sloka: Saurashtre Somanatham cha Srisaile Mallikarjunam| Shankaram| Setu Bandhe tu Ramesam, Nagesam Darukavane| Varanasyantu Vishwesam, Tryambakam Gautamee thate| Himalaye tu ...
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Where can I read the original story of Bhasmasura?

When I was a kid, I read the Amar Chitra Katha version of the story of Bhasmasura - the asura who was granted a boon by Shiva allowing him to kill anyone on whose head he placed his hand. In the end, ...
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How did Ravana get the golden city of Lanka?

In the Ramayana, we know that Ravana was the King of the golden city of Lanka. How did he get this city? I know very little other than that it was offered by Shiva.
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How were the Trimurthi born?

In Hinduism, there are three supreme gods, Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva). Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the protector, and Shiva is the destroyer. But how were these gods born? Did the ...
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What scriptures discuss Ghandaberunda, the bird beast created by Narasimha?

The coat of arms of the Indian state of Karnataka depicts a strange two-headed bird: This creature comes from certain versions of the story of Narasimha, the man-lion avataram (incarnation) of Vishnu. ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

In Hindu temples, the statues of the deities are present in the sanctum. But in (most) Shiva temples, only a linga is present instead of a Shiva statue. The linga worship seems to be limited only to ...
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What is the story of Hiranyakashipu's son Mandara?

In the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, in the course of recounting to Krishna the boons that Shiva has bestowed upon various people, the sage Upamanyu describes a certain son of the demon ...

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