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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 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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Who resurrected Kamadeva (Manmatha)? Was it Shiva or Goddess Tripurasundari

It is said that after Kamadeva was burnt to ashes, Ratidevi was devasted and took to penance. Kamadeva is restored in Ananga form. The land where he is restored is known as Kamarupa (as per the ...
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Jīvamukti in the ribhu Gita

In a YouTube video, I heard that a jivamukti is only going to be endowed with knowledge if he worships the lord in accordance with the scriptures. Can anyone verify this is what the work says? I tried ...
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Is this true that a person who dies in Kashi never gets reborn?

I heard that who are living in kashi, they never born after death in kashi, why they never born, is this speciality only for kashi (or) any other city it has, and why their life span of time move fast....
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Why we are here [duplicate]

In this world everything temporary, not only things, human beings, other beings but also world itself, why do we born and die, die and born. What's this universal structure, why this entire ...
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Can anyone explain guru mantra and intent? [duplicate]

Any one explain the following guru mantra, as to why a common human guru is being compared with lords(Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva)? Gurur brahma Gurur vishnu Gurur devo maheshwaraha Gurur sakshaat para ...
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What do different Vaishnavite sects say about the sanctity of Siva temples?

I think Swaminarayans say Siva temples should be respected. On the other hand there is a Srivaishnavite account posted here in which a Srivaishnavite preferred to starve to death rather than eat food ...
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Can anyone explain panchakshari mantra?

I know panchakshari mantra, But want to know clear explanation, What is intent of panchakshari mantra?
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Rudra is an archer right from the Rig Veda - was his bow called "Pinaka" in the Rig Veda?

Did Rudra have a named bow in Rig Veda or did Rudra/Siva acquire Pinaka in a later scripture?
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Does the concept of divorce exist in hinduism? [duplicate]

Does the concept of divorce apply in hinduism?
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What are the 64 Jyotirlinga and their origin?

I have read in numerous texts that originally there were 64 Jyotirlingas. However, I could not find any list or mention of any Jyotirlinga other than the 12 famous ones. Further, are all the ...
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What are the duties of a wife towards her husband? [duplicate]

What are the duties of a wife towards her husband? What is her vedic roles and responsibilities?
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Does any scripture refer to Brahma of five faces without any connection to his beheading by Siva? [duplicate]

I have always seen references to Brahma of 4 faces (caturmukha Brahma). There is a story of Siva cutting off one of Brahma's heads - which means that he must have been pancamukha (5-headed) before ...
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Why is the greatest Vaishnava a Tamasic entity per Vaishnavites?

there is a famous verse in Srimad Bhagavatam, a "satvika" purana, that says Just as Ganga among rivers, Achyuta among gods, Shambu among Vaishnavas, This (Bhagavatam) is the same among Puranas. ...
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Who is the supreme God in Swaminarayan Sampradaya?

Swaminarayan Sampradaya claims itself to be a Vaishnava association. But unlike other Vaishnavas it prefers a rather Smartha way of worshipping all deities equally. So my question is who is the ...
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What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? [duplicate]

What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? A temple, mount Kailasha, swarga, etc? Does any scripture talk about Shiva's most sacred spot according to him?
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How the war between Lord Shiva & andhaka had taken place?

I know what happened as per puranas , but does Mahabharata also mentions the same or different? How andhaka had taken birth, did he wanted to be husband of goddess parvati? At last how the war ...
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staying awake during shivaratri

It seems people seem to be mentioning benifits of staying awake during the MahaShivatri festival. What is the time in the morning till which they have to stay awake? Does it end after midnight 12 o'...
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How to energize Rudraksha?

So recently I got a four-faced Rudraksha which I am planning to wear on MahaShivaratri. But it is said that it should be first energized before wearing. How can I do that by myself?
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History of “Daridrya Dahan ShivaStotram”

Sage Vashistha created this beautiful stotram in praise of lord Shiva. You can read it in Sanskrit on this website https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_shiva/daaridryadahan.html?lang=sa And, the stotra ...
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Why is monday considered an important day in Shaivism?

Monday is usually thought of as a holy day dedicated to Shiva. Why is it so? Is there any significane of monday according to our Shastras?
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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Why is Shiva also known as Mahakala?

Shiva is known by various names like Mahadeva and Shambhu.There is another term used for Shiva that is Mahakala. I would like to know if Mahakala is only a name for Shiva or another form of Him. Also ...
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Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
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Which Shaiva sampradayas do twelve Jyotirlinga adhere to?

The Jyotirlingas are twelve of most holiest tirthas for Shaivas. They are - Somnath in Gir Somnath, Gujarat Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh Mahakaleswar in Ujjain, Madhya ...
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What is the story of Ashokasundari, third child of Lord Shiva and Parvati?

Kartikeya and Ganesh are two commonly known sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati, but very few know that they had three kids. When and how did that third child Ashokasundari born? What is the full story ...
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Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is an Avatar of Lord Shiva? [duplicate]

Is it true that "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a medieval suggestion? Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar? I ask about: whether "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a ...
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Stories about Rudrani and meaning of Hreem

Can you please give me some rare and interesting stories about Rudrani in particular? Also why is Devi said to be the embodiment of Hreem?
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does sri rudram say Rudra rides a bull?

namo babhlushaya in Shri Rudram anuvaka 2-what does truly mean in sanskrit?is it saying he rides a bull? what does babhlu mean?
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Did Lord Shiva write a stotram of Shri Krishna while coming to meet him at Gokula?

Is there any Stotram of Shri Krishna which Mahadev wrote and sing for the beauty of Baby Shri Krishna (BalKrishna) while coming to meet him in Gokula.
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Why Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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Why should the absolute Brahman of Shaiva be Shiva and of Vaishnava be Vishnu?

Absolute Brahman resembles One possibility of Perfection, not all possible Perfections, i.e: He is surely Perfect, but resembles One mode (model) of Perfection. Absolute Brahman is One. The ...
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Prayer for Energy Shakti?

I'm looking for a Mantra, stotra, anything which gives Energy/Power to Perform a Mental Task or Physical Task, preferably on God of Energy, Adi Shakti Parvati Kali or anyone... Found BalaAtibala ...
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How Lord Shiva can be defeated by someone?

I have read that as per Mahabharata (Anushashana parva) where upamanyu says that - there was no deity like Shiva , there was no refuge like Shiva. There is no one who can give so many boons like him &...
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Was deed of Indra in demolishing the citadels of gold, silver, and iron, of Danavas, source for the story of destruction of 3 cities by Shiva?

The devata of Rigveda tenth mandala 47 and 48 suktas (hymns) is Indra Vaikuntha. This is not Vishnu but one of the incarnations of Lord Indra. He is named as Vaikuntha because of his mother Vikuntha, ...
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Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation?

Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation? Many verses say only Brahman existed before creation. But what about Brahma and Shiva?
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Is Shiva not freed of sin?

I found a verse in shatpath brahman:- “Pragâpati said to him [Rudra], 'My boy, why do you cry, when you are born out of labor and trouble?' He said, 'Nay, but I am not freed from sin; I have no name ...
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Who is Anāśritaśiva mentioned in the article?

Quoting from Swami Lakshmanjoo Maharaj's article on Why the cycle of the universe is Lord Shiva’s energy: “Brahmā, Viṣṇu, Rudra, Iśvara, Sadāśiva and Anāśritaśiva, govern the six states of ...
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Is lord Shiva himself of tamasic guna or he presides only over tamasic guna of the creations?

Is lord Shiva himself of tamasic guna, i.e: he himself has tamasic guna, or he presides only over tamasic guna of people?.
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What is the exact story of Lord Shiva & five Indras? [duplicate]

What was the exact story behind Lord Shiva & five previous Indras as per Mahabharata ? What was happened to them? What happened to the current Indra? How Lord Shiva had punished them?
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Did Krishna or Rama ever worship Narayana/Vishnu?

It seems that incarnations of Lord vishnu always worship Lord shiva. Is it because it is embarrassing to worship themselves?Or because shiva being their kula Daivam? Or Is it because shiva is the same ...
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Is there any dhyana shloka which mentions Lord Shiva's colour as shyam? [duplicate]

At many places, Shiva's colour is mentioned white as karpoor or silver. But, there are many images of Lord Shiva where he is depicted in same colour as of Lord Vishnu. So, is there any dhyana ...
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How & when did Lord Shiva had started to wear tiger skin?

Does Shiva purana have any story which describes about when did Shiva had started to wear tiger skin or when & how he started to hold trishul & damru?
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Visarjana Mantra or Stotram for Shivapuja

I would very much appreciate the Sanskritam (Devanagari), transliterated, and English for a visarjana mantra or stotram for Shivapuja.

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