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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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If everything is a fairytale(vijnana bhairava tantra) then aren't all religious disputes just people arguing about which fairytale is better?

Hare Krishna, Recently while reading the english translation of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, i came across a verse.. अप्रिद्धु मतीनाम एता िाऱविभीवषका् मातृमोदकित्सिं प्रिृत्त्यथ धमदु ाहृतम १३ ॥ tr - These ...
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Shiva/Rudra in Shrauta and Grihya sutras

How do the Shrauta and Grihya sutras of different shakhas describe Lord Shiva/Rudra? , i.e appearance, names etc.
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destruction of Tripuras mentioned in other samhitas

The destruction of Tripuras by Lord Rudra is mentioned in Taittiriya samhita as- तेषामसुराणां तिस्त्रः पुर आसन्नयस्मय्यवमाथ रजताथ हरिणी ता देवा जेतुं नाशक्नुवन्ता उपसदैवाजिगीषन्तस्मादाहुर्यश्चैव वेद ...
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In which scripture is Ram Ashtakam found?

In short, I want to know everything about Ram Ashtakam.
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Shivopasana Mantra from Mahanarayana Upanishad

Is there any word-by-word meaning/translation that is available online of the Shivopasana Mantra from the Mahanarayana Upanishad? Thank you 🙏
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Why doesn't god show himself/herself to bad people?

If God showed himself herself to bad people that would set fear in their mind and there will be only peace and thats what we all want. Why god only show themselves to the sincere only wouldn't it be ...
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Do Shiva and Vishnu know what everyone is thinking?

Do Shiva and Vishnu know what any person is thinking? Which other gods are capable of doing this?
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Did Lord Shiva really offer his testicles to Maa Parvati in Padma Purana?

Is this actually true? asvāditaṃ na cānyena bhakṣyārthe ca dadāmyaham | adhobhāge ca me nābhervartulau phalasannibhau || 126 || bhakṣayadhvaṃ hi sahitā laṃbau me vṛṣaṇāvimau | anena cāpi bhojyena parā ...
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What are the 28 Śaiva Āgamas?

According to tradition, there are 108 Vaiṣṇava Pāñcarātra texts, 64 Śākta Tantras and 28 Śaiva Āgamas. A few representative Śaiva Āgamas were mentioned in the book "The Hindu Tantric World" ...
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What's the point of aiming for god at old age?

If someone is a criminal or a bad person in his youth or teen and claims no god came to correct me i has no info about god in such a young age my house conditions were not good or some other reason ...
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When I see around no one is aiming for moksha?

Some come to temples for asking for protection, gifts, etc. The shrewd are harassing the innocents, I see no good here sir. I used to see god more as a wish fulfiller but after coming here i get to ...
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Are there stories of hope about god some kind of proof?

Are there, in this 21st century? Some people who have witnessed it, someone who have recorded it? Some divine power?
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Why didn't God just create heaven?

I am pretty sure there would have been enough sports in heaven why create anything else why didn't just create youth and happiness?
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How does this affect one’s Nakshatra?

I have Purvabhadrapada as my moon. And I am really trying to learn about this deity and ajaikad. I have a good side and a bad side. My anger is bad and impulsive. And I have bad clots and issues with ...
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How did the asura Chalantarana die?

Chalantarana was a very powerful and very famous asura, and it well known how he was born (from the energy and rage in Lord Siva's eyes when Indra sent a bolt towards him). But I do not know the story ...
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What is the symbolic significance of Maa Lakshmi offering bel fruit (Shree Phal) during her Shiv Puja.?

Disclaimer.: My intetion is not to hurt the sentiments of any sampradaya or infact anyone. As every Pouranik story has an inner symbolic meaning behind it. Hope u will understand. Note.: I am ...
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Who is Mantramaheśvara mentioned in Shiva Sutras by Jaideva Singh?

In Shiva Sutras, section III, Sutra 7, Shiva says what happens when conquering moha/mãyã: मोहजयादनन्ताभोगात्सहजविद्याजयः ॥ ७ ॥ "By an all pervasive conquest of delusive Maya is there mastery of ...
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what is the difference between Adi Shakti and Adi Parashakti?

Are Adi Shakti and Adi Para-Shakti synonyms or there's some difference between them as per Shaiva sects and Shakta sects? if so, what is the difference?
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Which Purana gives the Chandikeshwara story?

There is a popular story of Chandikeshwara told as stated in the Periya Puranam (Tamil): See here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-reason-people-clap-to-Chandikeshwar-in-Shiva-Temple There is also a ...
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Why did god create bad people?

I want to praise and appreciate god I want to serve and be devoted to god but bad people start to make me even doubt the existence of god. I cant really fully devote myself to god because of these ...
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Which God has title of 'Adipurush'?

I thought, it is a term associated with Lord Shiva since he is known as Adiyogi too but a Ramayan adaptation movie is using it for Lord Ram.
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Were Vishnu avatarams liberated by Shakti/Siva?

A page on Quora by the name "Dakshina Kali (দক্ষিণা কালী)" commented Matsya was liberated by Matsyasamharamurti, Varaha by Varahasamharamurti, Narasimha by Sharabha, Vamana by Kankalamurti; ...
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Spiritual work of past life

Suppose I get initiated into a mantra and chanted it in my past life would I need initiation to chant that same mantra in this life
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On which day/tithi did Shiva-Parvati get married?

To my knowledge, it has to be the day of MahaShivaratri when Shiva-Parvati got married. However as per this answer, Maha Sivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva appeared as Linga to stop conflict ...
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Does Shiva wear a garland having 11 skulls?

Does Shiva wear a garland that has 11 skulls in it? Are these Skulls of Sati? And why are there 11 skulls, specifically?
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Do Vishnu , Shiva and Brahma always keep meditating ? And What about Krishna?

Do Vishnu in Baikunth , Shiva in Kailash and Brahma in Brahmloka always keep meditating ? And What about Krishna. He lives in Go-Loka with Radha. What does he constantly keep doing in Go-Loka ?
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Does Shiva live in invisible form in Kailasa?

Does Shiva and Parvati live in Mount Kailasa in invisible form ? As He is not seen there by normal people.
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Strota to increase attraction power?

I've been surfing through the internet about strotas like kali sahasranama/karpuradi stotra, that can increase attraction power of an individual. Is there any other stotra or anything like this?
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In what form do lord Brahma,Vishnu and lord Shiva exist? What is the only source of their infinite power!? What is their life like & what do they eat?

So, only lord Brahma lord Vishnu and lord Shiva corresponds to this entire existence and what are they and what are we!? How they were created and what energy they surpass through!? Is there any ...
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What's the color of the sahasrara chakra?

In some sources, I read that the Sahasrara chakra is white, in others violet, and in others purple. What is its color, and what's the meaning of the color?
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Sandhyavandanam and Maadhiyanikam

Many people in this current world are not able to do Trikala Sandhyavandanam. In that case, I have heard people saying the Prata Sandhyavandanam and Maadhiyanikam can be done together. Is it allowed ...
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How to chant Sahastranama Stotram?

Can anyone pronounce Sahastranama Stotram? Is it ok if I mispronounce some names, can I take the help of YouTube videos to chant?
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How to find which chakra a lingam is consecrated?

In many old shiva temples we can find Lingams with some markings on it. The markings aren't same in every lingam. Are those markings is to identify that the lingam is consecrated for a particular ...
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Did Vishnu have some role in marriage of Shiva with Parvati or with Sati?

Parvati is the wife of Shiva. As far as I know , She was the one who asked and persuaded Shiva to marry her. Vishnu is considered as the brother of Parvati. Did VIshnu have some role in their marriage ...
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What are the most appropriate times of day to perform puja to lord Vishnu?

I read that the most appropriate time for puja for Lord Shiva is Arunodaya muhurta, that Nishita muhurta is the time to perform puja for the goddess Lakshmi, and that the best time to perform puja for ...
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Can anyone chant saum sanischaraya namha?

I've been listening to a spiritual master(online) he advised to chant om saum shanischaray namha on Saturday for blessin of Saturn can anyone chant this mantra??
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Is Indra, Shiva?

I was wondering how this evolved during times. How Indra disappeared instead of Rudra, or Shiva ...or even Vishnu? Is Shiva , Indra and vice-versa?
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How to chant ashttotar satnamavali?

I want to know which is a better way to chant ashttotar satnamavali like all 108 names at one time by seeing a book,page or phone (coz obviously I can't remember every name line by line) or chanting ...
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Any sloka/strota to improve my skills?

I want to be an actor but my acting skills aren't that great is there any sloka/strota/prayer which can help me with it
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What will happen after Parvati die ? Was Sati born in the first Yug of First day of Brahma?

Sati is the first wife of Shiva . When was she born ? Was she born in the first Satyuga of first day of Brahman. Since Brahma is currently 51 years old. So, about 1,85,03,310 Yugas (approximate) have ...
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Benifit of chanting devi suktam individually?

In an article on hindupedia website which talks about strota chintamani it says to chant ya devi sarva bhuteshu smirti rupenaa" 108 times for 40 days to improve memory does same applies to things ...
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What Kind of marriage happened between Shiva and Parvathy ? Did Kanyadaan happen ? What kind of Vivah it was?

How the wedding of Shiva and Parvathy happend ? Was there a Kanyadaan ? I think Parvathy chose Shiva herself. I have heard that there was a Baraat in which Rakshas were also present. What is the story ...
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Who is the husband of Ganga?

Some sources say that Vishnu is the husband of Ganga, and some say that it is Shiva. Also, in the Mahabharata, Ganga married Shanatanu. How can she have three husbands? Did she die each time, then ...
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How should you observe Ekadashi and Pradosh fasts when these fall on consecutive days (so Parana for Ekadashi is after sunrise on the day of Pradosh)?

Sometimes Parana for Ekadashi falls after sunrise on the same day as Pradosh/Pradosham. For example, here (in Tokyo) Ekadashi was on Dec. 4 and Pradosh was Dec. 5, then Ekadashi was Dec. 20 and ...
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What does patanjali mean by performing samayama on friendship?

In patanjali yoga sutras patanjali told to concentrate on qualities of friendship, what exactly is quality of friendship, what exactly one have to focus on...
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Maa Tara BreastFeeding Shiva Question

There are images of Maa Parvati as Maa Tara breastfeeding MahaDev in an infant form The explanation given upon many websites is that Maa Tara did this to save MahaDev from the poison he drank. Other ...
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Are there devotional objects for worship of Lord Vishnu (comparable to the shivling used for worshipping Lord Shiva)?

For Lord Shiva, there are shivlings/lingam that people use for devotional worship. Are there any comparable devotional objects that many people use to worship Lord Vishnu, or objects that represent ...
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How to change your personality?

Is there any method mentioned to change your personality coz there are many descriptions how a man should act like but is there any method to change your personality to that
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Who is God of death - Shiva or Yama?

Who is God of death - Yama or Shiva ?
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Are Rudra and Shiva the same person?

Are Rudra and Shiva , Shankar , Mahakaal the same person ? Or Is Rudra some different person ? As this "Rudra" word is used very less.
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