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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Why was Lord Shiva a vairagi in the starting and then turned into a grihastha?

Lord Shiva was a vairagi in the starting, then why did he turn into a grihastha by marrying Goddess Sati and then her reincarnation Goddess Parvati?
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Why was Lord Shiva called as a Viragi and Lord Vishu as a sansaric vishnu when both are same?

It is said Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are the same and they both are supreme god, then why there is difference between them. Why was Lord Shiva called as a Vairagi and Lord Vishu as a sansaric vishnu?
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Story of origin of the Godavari river?

I heard that the Godavari river is believed to be "river Ganga of South India" and has some story behind the origin of it. Can someone please explain the origin of Godavari river as per scriptures?
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Nag Panchami and its importance?

There are a few questions in my mind regarding Nag Panchami: What is the history and importance of Nag Panchami? Why do we worship Nagas or Snakes in Nag Panchami though we're afraid of them? Why do ...
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Any good books about Shiva?

Can anyone recommend some good books on Lord Shiva? I'm interested in learning more, but I'm not sure were to start.
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What is the difference between a Shiva temple and a Jyotirlinga?

Spread across India, we have many temples of Lord Shiva and we also have about twelve Jyotirlingas. I want to know whether there's any difference between a Shiva Temple and a Jyotirlinga.
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Madhurya bhava towards goddesses such as Radha, Parvati, etc.,

I've seen that many people do devotion in madhurya bhava (the emotion of lover-beloved) to male Gods e.g., Krishna, Shiva, Rama etc. In a similar way, can a devotee have madhurya bhava towards ...
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What is the formula for immortality ("mrityunjaya mantra")?

I have read somewhere that doing sadhana of mrityunjaya mantra can make a man immortal. If yes, what is the proper sadhana or practice or any other way to make a man immortal?
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What is the story of Lord Shiva and Vasuki?

Lord Shiva blessed Vasuki and wore him as an ornament around his neck. What is the story of Lord Shiva and Vasuki and for what reasons Lord Shiva blessed him?
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What is the story of Nandhi(bull)? [duplicate]

Nandhi is a great worshipper of Lord Shiva, and always with him in Kailasa. What is the story of Nandhi? How was he born? How he is became the part of Lord Shiva and Kailasa?
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Did Shiva's incarnation Lakulisha meet Krishna or other Mahabharata characters?

In this excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana, Shiva tells Brahma about his incarnations (avataras) in the Dwapara Yugas of the various Mahayugas in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (the ...
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Is there any reference in Hindu or ancient texts to the Deccan Trap volcano eruptions which wiped out life on Earth?

This article states that gigantic volcano eruptions in the area of Deccan in modern India were the cause of life extinction on Earth 66 million years ago. About 4 subsequent volcano eruptions spewed ...
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What is the story of Sharaba?

I found most of our religious books speak about Lord Vishnu's avatars and there are much fewer books that I know of about Lord Shiva. If Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars then how many avatars do Lord Shiva ...
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What is the copper pot that is kept hanging above the Shiva Lingam?

In every Shiva temple, I have seen a copper pot (like the one in the picture) that is kept hanging above the Shiva Lingam. It has a hole at its bottom and is filled with water so that water keeps ...
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Are Lord Shiva and Lord Shankar two different deities?

According to TimesofIndia, There is a subtle difference between the Supreme Soul Shiva and Shankar the deity. The Supreme has been worshipped in the oval or egg-shaped form of the Shivalingam. ...
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Does lord Shiva smoke Chillum?

I have seen many people who worship lord Shiva who prefer to be naked and they have ash (Bhabhuti) powdered all over their body. I am not sure what these people are known as but I have seen them in ...
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What is the significance of Rudraksha in Saivism?

Rudraksham seems to have an important place in the Saivite sect of Hinduism. I have seen it being worn by many Saivite temple priests and many rishis (in their portrayals). Apart from priests, I have ...
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Why did Lord Shiva fight with Lord Vishnu?

What were the reason(s) behind the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu? I think the Harivamsa Parva of the Mahabharata narrates this incident. The story goes like this: Mahadev makes Goddess ...
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What is the reason for not shaving during Shravan Month?

In Hinduism there is month named "Shravan" which known as very holy month of Lord Shiva. Many People do fast during this month. Some people do fast only on every mondays and some does full month. It ...
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How should be a Shivaalay Temple?

I heard many times that structure of lord Shiv temple differs from other Gods temples. I heard that lord Shiv temple must have the following: ponds water flow near the temple. Is it true? if yes, ...
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What is the symbolic meaning behind Lord Shiva sitting in snow clad mountain Kailasa?

We often see lot of pictures of Lord Shiva sitting in the snow clad mountain of Kailasa. Does it represent anything symbolically? P.S. I'm not interested in the story of how Shiva came to live on ...
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Why is Lord Shiva's daughter Ashokasundari not worshipped?

The sons of Lord Shiva, Ganesha and Muruga (Kartikeya) are very famous and worshipped by many, but not his only daughter, Ashokasundari. What is the reason behind it?
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Why is Kartikeya not worshiped much compared to lord Shiva, lord Ganesha and goddess Parvati?

Kartikeya is elder son of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, but he is not worshiped much compared to his dad, mother and brother. If you visit temples in our country, rarely any temple will have an ...
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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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