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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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Murugan shrinking body?

Siddhar Boganathar mentioned in one of his poems that Murugan went through the process of shrinking and dissolving to attain final liberation. Does this have any written references?
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What is the status of Rudra (and the other trimurti) with respect to Sadashiva?

As per whatever Shaiva philosophy that I have come across, the unborn Parabrahma Shiva/ Sadashiva is different from the manifested Rudra Kailasapati. As stated here, the supreme Purusha shiva is ...
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Is there a difference between Avimukteswara and Visvesvara?

The original Kashi Vishwanatha temple is thought to have been at the place that the Gyanvapi mosque stands, the original temple having been razed by Aurangzeb. However I came across two articles (...
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Rules for keeping a Rudraksha

Recently I happened to visit the Shri Kashi Vishwanatha temple. There the priest gave a single Rudraksha bead. I would like to know about the rules that are required to be followed to keep/ maintain ...
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Why it always happens with me?

After consulting you guys many time on how to start spiritual journey I decided to chant ashttotar satnamavali of my deity,I decided to chant one name every night before sleeping for 108 days I even ...
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How to receive guidance from your deity?

I want to know how you're supposed to receive any guidance from your deity when you don't know what to meditate on or chant any mantra/strota of that deity or something else ?
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How to completely surrender to my deity?

Hey guys I want to know what it mean to completely surrender to God Right now my life is going the completely wrong way so pls listen to my problems and pls give me some solutions Everything is going ...
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How to practice chandra yoga?

Can someone explain Chandra yoga in simple words to me as mentioned in tirumantiram by Tirumala like exactly how to practice it
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Interpretation of Stories that depict Shiva and Vishnu as bodily?

How are we to interpret stories in scripture that seem to depict Shiva and Vishnu as corporeal, bodily beings? We know that Shiva and Vishnu are eternal, immaterial, and omnipresent. So what does it ...
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What exactly saint tirumalar telling to do here?

Can someone pls explain what saint tirumalar telling to do here in simple words
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About tirumantiram shakti mantra

I want to know about sakti mantra that tirumantiram mentions(om na ma si va) Can anybody change or there are some specific rules since book doesn't mentions any??
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How to change your samskaras?

I want to know if is there any method to change samsara since samsara has been given so much importance in our culture and scriptures is there any way to get rid of bad samskaras and create good ones
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Is brahmacharya necessary in bhakti yoga?

I just want to know is brahmacharya necessary in bhakti yoga does any scriptures mention following brahmacharya in bhakti yoga
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Can beej mantra be initiated someone other than guru?

Let's say I want to do kreem mantra sandhna so can someone who's not by guru(but have sidh the kreem mantra) initiate me
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What is the relation between Shiva and Bhairava?

Would it be correct to call kaal bhairava (and it's various forms) an avatar of shiva Or are they ansh of Rudra like Nandi, Hanuman, Veerbhadra etc ? Should Bhairava be seen as a shivagan or shiva ...
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Which the best way to start spiritual journey?

I want to know the best way to start my spiritual journey? Could someone suggest any type of Dhyana or meditation?
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How to start?? From where to start?

I want to know how should I start my journey I'm trying to start my spiritual journey but all the time something comes in the way 2 months ago I started doing ajapa japa after 21 days I got high fever ...
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Is Lord Shiva praised as Supreme in any Smritis?

I am interested to know if any of the 18 Smritis, or Grihyasutras, Srauta Sutras etc praise Shiva as the Supreme and endorse Saivite practices like Bhasmadhārana,and Tripundra etc.
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Which is the fastest way to increase your intelligence as mentioned in scriptures?

I'd there any methods mentioned in scriptures to increase intelligence
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Do most scholars agree that Shiva and Vishnu are both free from Maya?

Are Shiva and Vishnu, both of them, free from Maya, and do all or almost all schools of Hindu theology believe they are?
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Are the Ashtamurti forms of Lord Shiva, himself or his amshas and what is their form like?

The Ashtamurti incarnations of Lord Shiva have been discussed extensively here, here and here. These were the eight forms through which Lord Shiva entered eight places after Pradurbhava from Brahmaji. ...
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Hindu Texts Kali Wearing Sari ? Idols Question

Just wondering about this, in many Kali Puja, Shyama Puja ceremonies they have Kali murti atop MahaDev as per usual. But she is sometimes wearing full on rich brocade sari with almost bridal level ...
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What to do if nostril closed while doing ajapa japa?

I was practicing ajapa japa daily till I got fever&cough a few days ago after getting well I started it again but my nostrils close which destroy the rythm and produce a very unpleasant ...
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Parakaya Pravesh Technical Question Decomposition

When AdiShankar & Tirumular did parkaya-pravesh, they would leave their old body for quite some time. Same with Matsyendra & Gorakhnath, of the Nath Sampradaya. Adi-Shankar left his body in a ...
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Significance of Linga svarupa compared to Moorthi svarupa of Lord Shiva

What is the significance of Linga svarupa compared to Moorthi svarupa of Lord Shiva Why we see so many lingas all around the world What is the significance of the linga svarupa or shape
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How to get moksha? And how does moksha work?

Who gets moksha? Does someone get moksha after a certain age? Someone who is performing his duty gets moksha or does chanting the name of lord is enough? Duty or Devotion? What if somebody dies very ...
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If Shri Shani Dev is "karma" phal daata, why he troubled the godly & righteous avatars of Vishnu? What bad karma did they have?

We all know that Shri Shani Dev is Karma phala daata.. But while reading shani-mahatmya (its a marathi book) Shri Shani Dev tells to King Vikram that due to him Lord Rama suffered VanVaas. Due to him ...
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Is Shiva god of only Sanyasis ? Does he give boon to worldly people?

Shiva is the prominent god of Sanyasis or those whose current aim is to get Moksha. Is Shiva also the god of people who live worldy life ? Or Should worldly people worship Vishnu instead ?
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Which stories to believe?

there are have been stories of people claiming that shiv ji or krishna came to help them, they themselves seeing them in their form. But there is also story of dayanand that god is formless(he saw a ...
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Are there any positives of kaliyug?

What are some positives of kaliyug? And how to safeguard oneself in kaliyug?
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Shiva Mahatmya in Vaishnava Puranas?

In this question we can see that Vishnu is praised as supereme in Linga Purana which is Shaiva Purana. Is there examples of praising Shiva as supreme in any Vaishnava Puranas or Puranas which are ...
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I have made vow to Lord Shiva if i get particular college i will shave my head but now everybody's suggesting me that it will look bad in colllege?

Instead of shaving my head and showing my devotion to the lord shiva what I can offer to the lord? Because shaving my head will not benefit anyone but instead of shaving can I give some donation?
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Is there any story of any human going to Kailash to meet Shiva on Kailash?

Bhagwan Shiva lives on Mount Kailash which is located in Tibet. Devas would often go to Kailash to meet Shiva. I once watched a serial on TV in which it was shown one Rakshas went to Kailash and said ...
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How does one ask for a boon?

What mantra/strota should I chant to ask for a boon from God? Or, how do I do tapasya for a boon?
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Hindu God that uses hair as a weapon

I went through deconstruction from evangelical Christianity about a year and a half ago. I studied every major religion and have landed on Advaita Vedanta. When first studying Hinduism I had some ...
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Lord Hanuman in Shaktism

I have seen various pictures of Maa Durga with Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairava. Infact I have even seen in Devi temples having shrine of Lord Hanuman right with Maa Shakti. While Lord Bhairava has His ...
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When so many people have asked for boon why didnt they asked to eliminate crime and injustice from the world?

When so many people have asked for boon why didnt they asked to eliminate crime and injustice from the world?Why dont they ask for it now?
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Is Shiva ji human? When and to whom was Shiva ji was born?

Very little is known about history of Shiv ji. Is Shiv ji human? To whom and when was he born? Just for your information. There is a serial named Baal Shiva being broadcasted on some channel (I haven'...
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What is Sri Rama Taraka Mantra?

Some information about Sri Rama Taraka Mantra from Drik Panchang site Taraka Mantra is a popular Mantra among devotees of Lord Rama. Taraka Mantra is Trayodasha Akshari Mantra which consists of 13 ...
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Hymns are from Athervana Veda Paippalāda Shakha on Rudra/Shiva. Seeking meaning full translation and Sandhi

Following Hymns are towards Rudra from Atharvana Veda Paippalāda Shakha 14 Kanda, 3rd and 4th Sukta. There is no translation available yet. Some universities are working towards them as this Shakha ...
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Is there any stotram related to shri ram naam by other gods

In padmapuran and skandpuran, mahadev gives a proper idea about how great is ram naam. But has there been any other deva except mahadev that gave more importance of ram naam
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How to start kriya yoga?

What are preliminary steps in kriya yoga. I have read that you have to practice and when you will be ready your guru will find you what kind of practice do I need to do before finding a guru
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Something for carrer growth and getting better in my art (like acting,music)

Any kind of mantra(which doesn't need initation) or anything else like any simple ritual etc
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How many Verison of Shiva sahasranama is there?

How many versions of shiva Sahasranama are there?
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Does this verse of Mahabharata Shanti Parva say that Vayu also alomg with Rudra consumed poison, as some Madhwas claim?

In Shanti Parva, The 16th verse in chapter 329 ब्राह्मणमाहात्म्यमग्निषोमीयात्मकम् of BORI edition अमृतोत्पादने पुरश्चरणतामुपगतस्याङ्गिरसो बृहस्पतेरुपस्पृशतो न प्रसादं गतवत्यः किलापः अथ बृहस्पतिरपां ...
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Does the word "Shiva" appear for Shiva/Rudra in Rigveda?

Does the word "Shiva" appear for Shiva/Rudra in Rig veda?
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Are any shaiv acharya commentary of shiva sahastranama available online?

I would like to know if there are any commentary available on the sri shiva Sahasranama by shaiv Acharya? Namaḥ Śivāya 🙏🏻
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Correct way to Apply Tripundra

I apply Tripundra on daily basis. Till now I use to make use of my Index Finger, Middle Fingure and Ring Fingure. Today suddenly one of my friend asked: Why we use the upper three finger only? Why not ...
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Is Lord Shiva KarpuraGauram or Nilalohita?

Out of the texts which I have read till now.. I have found two descriptions of Lord Shiva... Some say he is blue from front and red from behind(Nilalohita) and the others say that he is white like a ...
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A different meaning for the word shambhu

The meaning of shambhu is one who creates auspiciousness, Now if one speaks shambhu repeatedly it sounds like bhuSham which means ornament, which one can interpret as The lord shambhu is like the ...
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