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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The other bow of Shiva - Ajagava

Lord Shiva had 2 bows - Pinaka and Ajagava. There are few stories associated with the first bow Pinaka like Sita swayamvar. Are there any distinct stories/incidents associated with Ajagava that have ...
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References of Santatita Kala

Where is the exact reference about Santatita Kala in the Saivagamas? Please provide scriptural references.
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Is it true that Ravana was invited when Rama established a Shiva Lingam in Rameshwaram? [duplicate]

I keep hearing a story which follows as Rama needed a bridge to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. He decided to conduct a Yagna to worship Lord Shiva at Rameshwaram. As he ...
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Siva Purana Transliteration - Not the same as Translation

Are there any Siva Purana books with english Transliteration? This is not the same as translation. This would be the Sanskrit sloka written in english. I could only find this book, but thats only the ...
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Lord Shiva wearing Rudraksha

How many Rudraksha Lord Pashupati is wearing over the Wrists (lower and higher near the shoulders) and is there any reference over the Scriptures about it?
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Was Sudarshan Chakra given by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Many puranas says that Lord Shiva had given Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. But what epics like Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata says about it? Does anybody had created it? Who was the creator of ...
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Why is Om believed as Pranav mantra? although humming sound Mmm.. in the AUM chant is the Pranav/moola mantra

Mmm, the humming sound of a bee, is the Pranava mantra. This is the sound of our Pranan or breathing. That's why it is called Pranava - the sound of breathing. Why is this fact not preached? Often ...
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What is the story of Kakabhusundi [duplicate]

When I searched for Kakabhusundi on wikipedia, it was written that ----- The conversations happen between Shiva and Parvati, Sages Bharadwaj and Yajnavalkya and finally Kakbhushundi and the king of ...
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Akash verses Earth verses

Are there aNY verses present in Yajur or Sama or Atharvana verses on Akasha mainly or earth?, not Rig appreciate your response
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Exiting from the cycle of rebirth according to Saivism

In the Buddhist tradition , starting from Gautama, The Buddha opened a way to practically exit from Samsara. What about the Saivism? It is said that Shiva can grant to the devotee liberation from the ...
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Where is the oldest sculpture of Shiva in world?

Where is the oldest sculpture of lord Shiva situated, or was the oldest one destroyed during attacks from other nations? How old is the sculpture?
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Does this sculpture of Lord Shiva really exist somewhere?

Does this sculpture of Lord Shiva really exist somewhere? Or is this only a painting. I found it online many weeks ago and have been awe-struck by its sheer beauty. I would like to visit the place ...
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Does the Adiyogi of Sadhguru have a scriptural basis

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has a large following in India and abroad. His main sculptural work is the Adiyogi Statue in Velliangiri hills, Coimbatore. Does the Statue have any Sthala purana or is it ...
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Which form of god is referred to as Dhanakapuri Dakurnath in Hinduism?

I was curious about the origin of the name Dakurnath, specifically. It is my priest's given name after my birth and initiation to a Hindu family. I googled it and found google book like 'Dhanakapuri ...
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Are the Pandavas the sons of Gods, or Gods themselves?

I am currently reading the Mahabharata, (Adi Parva) by Bibek Debroy, and it has a Chapter called the Vaivahik Parva, which explains how the Pandavas came to be. The relevant section has been explained ...
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Story where rishi Durvasa cursed Mother Saraswati

In particular, I'm looking for the story, where rishi Durvasa cursed mother Saraswati, because he couldn't pronounce something that lord brahma had taught him and mother Saraswati laughed at him when ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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Siva Sahasra Nama Strota translation

I’m searching for an English translation of the following Shiva Sahasra Nama Stotram https://www.vignanam.org/veda/shiva-sahasra-nama-stotram-english.html Can anyone provide a reference? thank you!
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Shiva Tandava Stotram [duplicate]

I am trying to write an article on the origin and meaning of Shiva Tandava Stotram for the general audience. I know the basic background story of how Ravana wanted to impress Lord Shiva and how this ...
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Origin of Shiva aavahan mantra?

The Shiva Aavahan mantra recites: शिव आह्वाहन मंत्र ॐ मृत्युंजय परेशान जगदाभयनाशन । तव ध्यानेन देवेश मृत्युप्राप्नोति जीवती ।। वन्दे ईशान देवाय नमस्तस्मै पिनाकिने । आदिमध्यांत रूपाय मृत्युनाशं करोतु ...
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Can you reverse a diksha?

I took a shiva diksha today at my local temple. I have been a non-vegetarian all of my life. Today the priest at the local temple who initiated me told me that I had to give up eating meat. I agreed ...
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Are Shiva , Vishnu and Brahma non vedic Gods?

I got to know that Shiva is non Vedic god that got assimiliated into mainstream hinduism on the Puranic age. Are Vishnu and Brahma also non Vedic gods? As those three are considered manifestation of ...
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Shiv Lingam Position

What is the correct orientation of a domestic Shiv Lingam? Where the Yoni should face? Any position is formally allowed or should be positioned for example facing North or South? In this case , can ...
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the problems with an unchanging Atma in Advaita Vedanta?

The Samkhyas,wich influenced every major Hindu theology,asserted a static cause.a static Cause is logically unfathomable,and if it were the case that a static cause could exist,its effect to would be ...
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Was baby head and elephant's body joined after Lord Ganesha was created by Shiva?

This video from a movie where he explains that baby head and elephant body was joined to form a God called Hanesha, is this story true? Video Link regarding God Hanesha from a movie Is this story ...
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Does the word Shiva have different meanings and interpretation in different texts?

Upon reading the insightful answer What is the meaning of the word Shiva I was both enlightened as well as perplexed. In the answers, various references to different texts give different meanings to ...
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what happened when the Devas asked who are you to Lord Shiva?

The Shiva Gita has the following slokas: मंदरं प्रययुः सर्वे मम प्रियतरं गिरिम् । स्तुत्वा प्राञ्जलयो देवा मां तदा पुरतः स्थिताः ॥ ८॥ तान्दृष्ट्वाथ मया देवान् लीलाकुलितचेतसः । तेषामपहृतं ...
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Cutting Bael tree branches, Sin?

I have a Bael tree in my home ,every year the branches encroaching on the outside public road , we have no option but to cut the branches, does doing so is direct invitation to some misfortune..
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Is Hinduism related to Jainism? [duplicate]

I see a lot of stuff that sort of show that Jainism is related to Hinduism.For example, Was Parsvanatha, the 23rd tirthankara of Jainism, an avatar of Lord Shiva? Asks if Parsvanath, the 23rd ...
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purity of soul according to gita

I have gone through some translation of the following verses of the shiva gita: तस्यैवांशो जीवलोके हृदये प्राणिनां स्थितः । विस्फुलिङ्गा यथा वह्नेर्जायन्ते काष्ठयोगतः ॥ २८॥ अनादिकर्मसंबद्धास्तद्वदंशा ...
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In Ramayan, where is it mentioned that Atikaya held the trident of Lord Shiva?

There is a story that says that once Atikaya went to Kailash and for some reason Lord Shiva got angry and he released his powerful trident on Atikaya. However, Atikaya caught hold of the trident and ...
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Importance of penance in life

I have been once informed by my GURUDEV that everything one gains in life is because of some or the other penance performed earlier,i.e., we have enjoyments at the cost of losing something or being ...
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not understood slokas of the shiva gita

I was reaching some mid part of the shiva gita, and I reached sloka 15 of the second adhyaya, which says: अमूर्तः पुरुषः पूर्णो द्रष्टा देही स जीविनः । या तन्वङ्गी मृदुर्बाला मलपिण्डात्मिका जडा ॥ १५॥ ...
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understanding these slokas of the shiva gita

There are only brief explanations for the lines of Shiva Gita, and unlike Swami prabhupada's work on Bhagwad Gita As it is, I haven't been able to find a similar work on Shiva Gita, hence I am having ...
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what does Jivatma mean

Is Shiva jivatma? Shiva does neither born or die. In the Vaishnav parampara, it is said that Siva is jivatma. Could you please illustrate this providing some relevant scripture from reliable ...
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What is the significance of the curse given by Sri Krishna to Ashwattama?

Ashwattama who was Dronacharya's son was Lord Shiva's Ansh(part) himself.After the Kurukshetra war, Ashwattama avenged his father's death by killing Drishtidyumna and five sons of Pandavas when they ...
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Is there any subtle explanation to Shiva's manifestation as Sri Dakshina Murty?

This question is not a duplicate of the following question. What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form? This answer under the above question, explains that Dakshinamurty form of Lord Shiva ...
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Origin, guru name, dhyan of this shiv mantra?

I found this mantra from YouTube : Om namo Neelkanthaya Vrishdwajaya namo hoom Fat. What is the origin, guru name and dhyan of this Shiva Mantra?
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Can I practice Buddhist practices as a hindu? [closed]

I'm a hindu that seeks to go to amitabha's pureland if I cannot make it to Lalita's abode Manidvipa,or just in the case that out of the two religions,I am wrong about hinduism being true.could I ...
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Existence of Hinduism

I have heard that people will be less spiritually inclined at the end of kaliyuga. The world will refurbish again to a utopian model of Satyayuga. Are there any references which states that Hinduism ...
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What is tantra yoga? [duplicate]

I don't think this yoga was mentioned in bhagavad gita, does it have any origin in the vedas? This yoga is mostly associated with Shiva. It seems to me that there are at least two parts of hindu ...
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Has Lord Shiva worshipped Lord Vishnu to incarnate in any form?

Which all Gods prayed to Lord Vishnu to incarnate as Lord Rama? Was Lord Shiva also one of them? If not, then has Lord Shiva worshipped Lord Vishnu to incarnate in any form?
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Immortality of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu [duplicate]

Is Vishnu only immortal or Shiva and Brahma also are immortal ? (I know that all afterall are the same, but just for knowing because i read somewhere that only Vishnu is immortal)
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What is the scriptural origin of Shakti Panchakshri mantra Om Hrim Namah Shivaya?

Shakti panchakshri mantra is Om Hrim Namah Shivaya
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What Kavacha's are being read in the attached video by Sachidananda swamy?

Namaste! Does any of you know which Ganesha Kavacham is being read by Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamy in his Kavacha Manjari? I found the Shiva Kavacham on sanskritdocuments.org but I'm unable to ...
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God consciousness and prayers

As I've read that there are different types of gods; some having physical forms(demi gods) and some having no forms and the Supreme one being BRAHMAN. Does this mean that all these categories of ...
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I am looking for a pdf version of Skanda Purana, in Sanskrit "and" its translation (either English or Hindi) in the same book [duplicate]

I am looking for a pdf version of Skanda Purana, in Sanskrit "and" its translation (either English or Hindi) in the same book. Its quite important! Please let me know!
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Churning of Ocean and Lord Shiva consuming poison as per Mahabharata Tarparya Nirnaya

This question is related to the account of Kurmavatara described in The Mahabharata Tarparya Nirnaya of Srimad Madhvacharya. I have pasted the slokha below for reference. For full text one can check ...
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why is shiva brahman? [duplicate]

Shaivites say because Sri rudram Describes shri rudra as having vishvarupa and being vishvishvar he is brahman,but nowhere does the text actually call Shiva as brahman,vishnu is omnipresent yet they ...
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Symbol on Shiva linga

lThere’s a triangle similar symbol on most of shiva Lingam’s. What does the symbol represent. Can anyone explain please?

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