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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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What are the scriptural sources for the worship of Shiva in Murti form?

Worship of Shiva in Linga form is widely practiced. But in some places Murti Pooja is done in temples too. Is it a valid practice? What are the scriptural sources from Vedas/Puranas/Shaivaagamas about ...
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What will happen to the good people during Maha pralaya? Does death await all as Lord Kalki purges the world and Lord Shiva performs his Tandav dance?

How will the world end, and what will happen to the good people when it happens? Please explain with reference to puranas and the scriptures. http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Mah%C4%81pralaya https://www....
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Where does Bhagwan Shiva live at present?

Bhagwan Shiva abode is said to be in Kailash. But at present he doesn't live there, so where does he live now?
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In which Kalpa did Shiva fall at Lord Rama's feet?

Padma Purana 5.5.46: Śiva fell at his [Lord Raam's] feet “You are the only Puruṣa (i.e. the Supreme Being) With a portion of you, you create and destroy the universe. You who are formless, are the ...
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Did Ravana know Rama more powerful than 1000s of Vishnus, Brahmas and Rudras/Shankaras?

Hanumanji said: संकर सहस बिष्नु अज तोही। सकहिं न राखि राम कर द्रोही॥ (4) Listen, O ten-headed Ravana, I tell you on oath: there is none to save him who is opposed to Sri Rama. Shankara, Vishnu and ...
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What does thirteen numbers refer to in 'Parashambhu Mahimna' stavam by Durvasa?

Recently I came to know about the existence of the following stavam named 'Parashambhu Mahimna' written by Durvasa. I want to know the importance of the numbers and what they refer to in the stavam. ...
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Symbolism behind Shiva holding deer in his hand?

What is the reasons/significance of Shiva holding deer in his hand?
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Esoteric meaning of an extract from the meeting of Arjuna and Shiva

There is a story in the Mahabharata of Shiva meeting Arjuna as a kirāta when he awards him his divine arrow. Kunchan Nambiar of Kerala has interpreted the story in the form of an ōṭṭantuḷḷal, a kind ...
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3rd eye of Lord Shiva [duplicate]

I am seeing Lord Shiva's picture since my childhood, past 42 years by now, and unable to find any reference/answer for why eyelid for the 3rd eye is vertical? You check any mammal in this world ...
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Regarding a shloka similar to a shloka in guru gita

गुरुर्ब्रह्म गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवोमहेशवरः । गुरुर्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः​ gururbrahma gururviṣṇurgururdevomaheśavaraḥ | gurursākṣāt parabrahma tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ​ This is a ...
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Do's and Don't during shravan maas(month) according to scriptures?

I want to know what are the do's and Don't particularly in shravan month according to scriptures
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Should we close garbhagruha of shivalaya with glass doors? Also any statues of deities?

Recently I established shivaling and trustees had closed shivaling garbhgruha and idols of Lord ganesha and hanumanji with glass doors, I am not able to breath properly. Is something unwanted?
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Was Vrinda an aspect of Parvati?

I finished reading the story of Jalandhara in the Shiva Purana and can't shake this one line off. It is the verse where the asura is slain by Shiva. "His splendour that came out of his body ...
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References for Shravan Maas Puja (श्रावण मास पूजा)

The time for Shravan maas is nearby. And the eagerness in the masses will spark to worship Shiva. Is Shravan archana for Shiva mentioned in any Shastra like Purana, Itihasa or any Shaiva agamas? Or is ...
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Evidences regarding Lord Shiva eating meat

Lord Shiva Does the scriptures describe whether Lord Shiva consumes meat? Does the ShivPuran describe whether Lord Shiva consumes meat?
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva using wolves?

In this chapter of Harivamsha Parva of Mahabharata, Rishi Kashyap composes a stotra praising Lord Shiva. The stotra describes various attributes and deeds of Lord Shiva. The stotra in one place ...
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Is there any concept or story of Shiva related with Jainism? [closed]

What does the Jainism religion say about Shiva? Do the Jains pray to Shiva or they only pray or follow their tirthankara? Is there any concept or story of Shiva associated with Jainism?
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What is the material that is present in all the 12 Jyotirlingas that we have?

What is the material composition that is present in all the 12 Jyotirlingas that we have? Across the globe we see Shivalingas appearing don't we consider any of them as Jyotirlingas? Was there any ...
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Is there any any naam kirtan of Shiva?

Do we have any naam-kirtan of god Shiva similar to the Hare Krishna for Sri Krishna, in the shastras?
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Is there an upasana padhathi for Vaidyanatha swarupam of Lord Shiva?

I want to learn and understand the tantric aspect of the vaidyanatha swaroopam. I am pretty sure that a specific mantra, dhyana, and other angopangas of the mantra should exist for this shaivic ...
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Where is the complete Shambhu Utkarsha Stotra (शम्भूत्कर्ष स्तोत्र) found? (also known as शिवोत्कर्ष स्तोत्र / Shivotkarsha Stotra )

Sri Shivendra Saraswati has written a bhasya on Shiva Sahasranama stotra (available here). While explaining the very first name "ParaDeva", he gives an entire stotra composed by Vyasa as &...
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Is Harihara abheda mentioned in Smritis like Manu Smriti?

Is Harihara abheda (non-difference of Vishnu and Shiva) mentioned in the Smritis like Manusmriti or any other 17 Smritis?
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What are the important texts of Shrouta Shaivism?

Srouta Shaiv Siddhant or Shrouta Shaivism is an Shaiva tradition. One important scripture i am aware is Srikantha's Bhashya on Brahmasutra (?) What are the important scriptures of Shrouta Shaivism ...
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Why should the Yoni (Potruding part of Shiva Lingam) always face North?

I've noticed and understood that, wherever the Shiva Lingam is, the Yoni of the Shiva Lingam should always face North? I have two Questions: I've seen certain temples in India where Shiva lingas are ...
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What is Srikantha's Visisthadvait Philosophy?

Does any one know what Siva Visishtadvaita (Shrouta Shaiva Siddhanta) philosophy by Srikantha Acharya is all about? I know what is advaita philosophies but not this one.
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Direction of shiva lingam [duplicate]

I've went to many Lord Shiva temples and seen the lingam in different directions. In some temples, the direction is like this: And in some temples, the direction is like this: Why is there a ...
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Could I learn more about the flying Shiva with wings?

I had a vision of such a Shiva. I've read about Sharabha. How do Hindus respect Sharabha?
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From where can I get Shiva Rahasya Purana's English translation?

Also known as just Shiva Rahasya. This great scripture is also considered Shaiva Itihasa and contains Ribhu Gita which was quoted by Ramana Maharshi. I want to know where can I get full english ...
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Is the Shiva Linga related to the phallus (Based on the incident in Daruvana) [duplicate]

Śiva himself assuming a very hideous form came there in order to test their devotion. He was very brilliant but stark naked. He had smeared ashes all over his body as the sole ornament. Standing there ...
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Did Shiva marry Sati/Parvati at the age of 16?

I recently heard that Lord Shiva married Parvati/Sati at the age of 16 but couldn’t find the proper reference for it. Could anyone help me to crosscheck this information? At what age did Lord Siva ...
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What are the steps to perform Maha mrityunjaya mantra japa?

What are the exact steps to be followed to perform Maha Mrityunjaya mantra Japa? How many times per day the japa should be performed? For how many days it should be done? Also kindly elaborate on yama ...
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The pictures of shivling present in Gyanvapi Kashi

The leaked pictures of shivling were found in gyanvapi Kashi, I hope at least some people here have seen it. To those who have seen those, why does the shivling have a round bar like shape protruding ...
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Shiva Paramya in Sathvik Puranas?

I talked with some Vaishnavas and told them Shiva and Vishnu are the same and I gave examples of many Puranas. But they told me Puranas are classified into sathvik, rajasic and tamasic puranas. And ...
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how is a khandit shivling revived again and restored

very soon gyanvapi temple will be restored. what are the procedures as per shastras to revive nd reinstall a khandit or abandaoned shivling like the one there is present at gyanwapi well? plz explain ...
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Is "Satguru" a standard Hindu honorific like "goswami","paramahamsa" etc.?

Is it a title given to Siva-worshipers like Sivaya Subramuniaswami and Jaggi Vasudev?
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Is Arjun incarnation of Shiva ? Is this written anywhere explicitly?

There are too many things that indicates Arjuna is the avtara of shiva. Like - Krishna and Arjun are friends , Vishnu and Shiva are also friends. Arjun marries Subhadra , sister of Krishna . ...
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Worship of Lord Skanda in Varanasi

So there is a common story, in short, the one about Divodasa, in which the king removes Lord Shiva from his own city. All the devatas come one by one but end up staying in the city themselves. As ...
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What are the dimensions of original Visvesvara Linga as per scriptures?

As there is already a question about Jnanavapi, where answers are quoting from Skanda Purana, Kashi Khanda to give the details information about Jnanavapi. It says: Īśāna who was identical with Rudra ...
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Are there any scriptures available (or mention) that are related to GyanVapi mandir?

Shivling has been found in Gyanvapi, Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, and the supreme court today ordered to seal the area The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Varanasi District Magistrate to protect the ...
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An attempt to malign our religion by an Islamist in the Article. Can I get good refutations of this man claims?

here is the link of the article. You can use Ctrl+F and use Hindu to find all the stuff he says about our society and our gods. Some Quotes from the Article There is a sacred ritual described in ...
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Is Siva's third eye normally hidden?

In Siva's iconography, he is mostly depicted with two eyes. In Tamil, "opening the third (forehead) eye" is a metaphor for becoming extremely angry. Does Siva manifest the third eye only ...
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Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third works?

Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third person of the Trimurti works? I.e: when Brahma creates, Vishnu and Shiva stop working (preservation/destruction), when Vishnu preservates, ...
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Mark on Vishnu's chest

Mahabharata Bibek Debroy translation p 4861: Hari, the lord of the universe, spoke to the god Ishana. ‘He who knows you, knows me. He who follows you, follows me. There is no difference between you ...
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Regarding meat eating

Is there any process or procedure available in Hinduism before eating meat like halal in Islam or some other process in Christianity? Any prayer or deity to be remembered before eating meat? Please ...
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How is the name Shiva connected with the ruling aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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What is the difference between Sada-Shiva (सदाशिव) & Maha-Sada-Shiva (महासदाशिव)? And which scriptures discuss their iconography? [duplicate]

God Sada-Shiva (सदाशिव) is depicted as a five-faced deity, with 10 hands and 15 eyes. As per Kamikagama he must be of white color, as shown below - Sadashiva (सदाशिव) While God Maha-Sada-Shiva (महा...
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Is Siva ever depicted as having a childhood or adolescence?

Satapatha Brahmana has the story of his birth as an infant, sinful son of Prajapati (which is actually a metaphor for Rudra absorbing the sin of Prajapati's incest with his daughter) but that infant ...
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Did Shiva kill Yama? If so, then who does the work of Yama now?

The wrathful Yama assumed a fearsome form and threw his noose to capture Markandeya, who hugged the linga tightly. When the noose touched the linga, Shiva emerged from it in all his wrath and struck ...
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Are these the most powerful astra of each of the tridevas?

I have come across people who say the most powerful astra of Tridevas are: Lord Shiva- शिवज्ज्वर अथवा माहेश्वरज्जवर(Shivjjwar or Maaheshwarjjwar) Lord Vishnu- विष्णुज्वर(Vishnujwar) Lord Brahmaa- ...
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Mahatmya of the five shiva temples of Ceylon

In Ceylon, there are 5 main shiva shrines collectively called the pancheswaram. They are Naguleswaram, Thiruketheeswaram, Munneswaram, Thondeswaram and Koneswaram. It seems these places are among the ...
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