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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 does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? [duplicate]

I have read different stories about this on Quora. Some of my childhood friends would tell some different stories to me about this. I need to know what it really means and why we worship it?
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How Grahas were made and assigned their task

I see Chandra(lord moon) is the son of Atri and Anusuya, how he was made as graha and to rotate around earth Lord surya is the sun of kashyapa, how was this earth before surya was born
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Can we use conch shell (shankh) during the worship of Lord Shiva?

I know that as per the story (like found in Shiva Purana: Rudra-saṃhitā: Yuddha-khaṇḍa: Chapter 40) of Shankhchud killed by Shiva, it was banned from his worship. But still I have seen many people, ...
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Do any vedic verses depict Lord Shiva to be supreme? [duplicate]

Rudra was mentioned in the Vedas. In the subsequent literature like Shiva purana, Shiva/Rudra was described as Supreme God. Are there are any verses in the Vedas which declare Lord Shiva/Rudra to ...
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Bhagwan Shiva worship

I have one doubt. If person has not accumulated any good sanchit karmas. Will he still get blessings simply by worshipping mahadev with water and milk?
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What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?

This answer has shown that Rudra destroys evil countries. My question is, what can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?
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Which purana mentions about the war & conversations between Shiva & Shani?

According to puranas how the war had taken place between Shiva & Shani? How Shani became the disciple of Lord Shiva? Did Shani had done any penance for getting a special post from Lord Shiva? ...
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Is the law of karma violated when entire countries get punished for the evil actions of certain individuals?

This answer has shown that Lord Shiva destroys evil countries. By "evil country" it is meant a country where majority of the people and leaders do evil actions. Now my question is, is it fair to ...
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Is there any description regarding the Kanwar Yatra in our holy books? [duplicate]

Today I was checking Twitter and there was a trending hashtag regarding Kanwar which telling that Kanwar yatra is not mentioned anywhere in Hindu holy books. So is there anything in our holy books?
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Why “Radha-Krishna” and not “Krishna-Radha” [duplicate]

I hear people saying "Radha-Krishna", "Sita-Ram" etc. People tend to put the name of the male diety after the name of their female consort. Is their any meaning for this order of saying the names? One ...
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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any Prayaschitta mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during holy month of Shravana?
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What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Lord Shiva given below?

“dhyayennityam Mahesham rajatgirinibham charuchandra vatansam Ratnakalpojvalangam parshu mrimgvarabhitihastam prasannam Padmasinam samantatstutamaganairvyagrahak- rirtim vasanam ...
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Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?

Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?
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Why Rudra was described as a physician or a surgeon as per Vedas?

As per Shiva purana, we know that how Shiva had cured chandra & fixed the head of goat and elephant in the case of daksha & ganesh. But why Rudra was described as a physician, surgeon or the ...
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Was Lord Shiva/Rudra compared with a tiger or a lion in both the Vedas and the puranas?

I have read in the Mahabharata that during the tripura dahana incident lord Shiva was described as a tiger among gods and as per Shiva purana parvati also compared him to a tiger. I want to know that ...
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Can a Mleccha/Uninitiated person chant 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'?

Namaskar. My question is related to the mantra 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'. Can a Mleccha/uninitiated person chant it fully or should he/she just chant 'Namaḥ Śivā'? Even without the 'Om' in the beginning, '...
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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayatri deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? What's the reason for this?
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When Shiva & Parvati had met for first time and what was the situation?

According to Shiva purana, I have found that parvati with her father had went to meet Shiva. It was happened before the kaam dahana. Then how they met with each other and what was the situation. ...
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Do Vedas describe about Rudra riding on a black chariot driven by red horses, about wearing golden jewellery and holding pinaka bow and deadly arrows?

I have read or found that he is also mentioned as the lord of thieves and robbers (taskaranaam pati), wears golden jewellery, rides on chariot & carries deadly weapon. He was also considered as a ...
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What is the scenario when Shiva consumed halahal (poison) as per Shiva purana

Please describe briefly about the incident, when Shiva had consumed poison in the request of gods & to keep low the body temperature of Lord Shiva, moon was placed on his head & how gods have ...
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Which flowers & leaves ought to be offered to Lord Shiva?

I know of Bilva leaves and Datura flowers. Are there any other leaves & flowers which are dear to Lord Shiva? Scriptural references and/or pointers would be highly appreciated.
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What is the name of the person who reconciled a line from Rudram to dakshinamurthy and Adi Shankaracharya?

Consider the following lines from Rudram and their translation Nama kapardhine cha vyupthakesaya cha Salutations to him who has a crown of hair and to him who has a shaved head I heard that a person ...
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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.
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Is there any relation or similarity between Rudra & Indra?

According to Tejaswee's Answer on What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?: Similarly, Indra is also a manifestation of Lord Rudra. AtharvaVeda calls Rudra as slayer of Vritta which is actually ...
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Why is Halahala Poison the one that came out of Churning of Ocean depicted in Blue in Shiva's throat?

Why is Halahala Poison the one that came out of Churning of Ocean depicted in Blue in Shiva's throat? Any scripture backing to this?
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Why third eye is vertically placed?

I am bit curious to understand why is the third eye in Shiva/Shakti depicted vertically not horizontally like the other two eyes, is there any specific reason/logic behind that or is it just ...
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Is any name of Vishnu Siva?

Vishnu has several names over scriptures such as Sahasranamam. Is any name of Vishnu is mentioned as Siva?
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What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva?

What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva? Why was he born and who were his parents?
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Is it okay to keep a nataraja statue at Northeast corner of the house?

Some sites say not to keep nataraja statue at home, but Is it okay to keep nataraja statue at Northeast corner in home?
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How to meditate keeping shiva in breath and mind and as my beloved?

So I just don't know what happened to me all of sudden but I keep listening to Lord Shiva's stotrams and what not pertaining to Lord Shiva on youtube and to Kripalu ji maharaj too. So Can anyone pls ...
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The third eye of lord shiva

I've known that the third eye is actually the place for 'agna' chakra in the body, and that the third eye is actually a metaphor for reaching that high level of conciousness where you start seeing ...
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Pouring of water on 'shivalingam' [closed]

While attend an lecture, i was told that the shivalingam is made up of granite that has radioactive counterparts of Uranium, radon and many other elements. So pouring the water on the shivalingam ...
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Why do we offer milk to Lord Shiv's shrine only in Shravan month? [duplicate]

Lord Shiv is the God who is offered the things that are normally poisonous/forbidden for living beings. Eg: Poison from manthan, chellum,etc The dark energies are considered to be worshipping Lord ...
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When paramatma can control souls why does he need various weapons?

When paramatma can control his own souls why does he fight with weapons ?
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Is this verse supported or contradicted by any other scripture?

In chapter 8 of Sri Shiva Rahsya, Lord Shiva says- Having been put to sleep at the moment of creation, man begins his worldly life in the form of an inanimate thing made of space, air, fire, ...
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What is difference between Trinity Vishnu, Shiva and 12 Aditya Vishnu and 11Rudra Shiva?

We have 12 Adityas of whom one is Vishnu. And 11 Rudras of whom one is Shankara. Are they Vishnu and Shiva counted in Trinity? If not, who are they? Are they related to trinity gods?
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How does one contemplate his identity with Lord Shiva?

Shiva Gita chapter 16 contains the following statement. saMsArAnmuchyate jantuH shivatAdAtmyabhAvanAt | tathA dAnaM tapo vedAdhyayanaM chAnyakarma vA | sahasrAMshaM tu nArhanti sarvadA ...
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Are there any Shaiva groups?

Like ISKCON is a Vaishnava group, are there any Shaiva groups? If I ever wanted to meet Shaivas, where would I find them?
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Significance of dreaming of shivji [closed]

I had a dream of lord shiva standing he was completely white. He was standing right in the center of a wooden bark artifact that I have above my bed. Saw it twice. Will never forget the image
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Why is Sri Krishna not worshipped as father?

Lord Krishna is generally not worshipped as 'father'.He is worshippd as 'friend', 'master', 'lover', 'child' etc. Lord Shiva on the other hand, is worshipped mainly as father. Sri Krishna told in ...
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How is the Visvarupa of Lord Shiva different from the Visvarupa of Lord Krishna?

Lord Shiva showed Visvarupa to Lord Rama as per the Shiva-Gita. Lord Krishna showed the Visva-rupa to Arjuna as per the Bhagavad-Gita. Are these two 'Visva-rupa' Forms identical or different? If ...
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Do our scriptures talk about life span of Tridev? [duplicate]

Brahma, Vishnu (Vishnu of the Universe, not eternal Maha Vishnu who resides in Paramapadam), Rudra (not the eternal Shiva) are the trimurthis where Brahma's life span is 100 years is defined. ...
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What is the difference between Panchanana(Shiva) and Panchananda?

In Bengal, there are many temples of 'Panchananda'. I do not know whether any temple of this deity exists outside of Bengal. What is the difference between Panchanana(Shiva) and Panchananda? ...
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Where can I find a reference to all the avatars of Mahadev? [duplicate]

I came to know from a friend that the lord Mahadev had 11 Maha-avatars like Piplad, Veer-bhadra, Grihpati etc,. Can anyone help me out that from where can I get information about all of them? Thanks....
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Sri Rudram and other mantras in Pada Patha

Namaskar! Is there some place in which I can find audio files of the Sri rudram and other mantras in Pada Patha (Sometimes called Moola patha)? Here is the Ganapati Prarthana in many different Pathas ...
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What is the scriptural source of the DHYANA SLOKA of Sri Padmanabha Swami?

What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Padmanabha Swami as shown in the enclosed image? Why is Shiva shown in Linga Form and not in His original form while all other deities are in ...
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Shiva and Mohini [duplicate]

I am more interested in knowing why did the incident between Shiva and Mohini happen. Is it merely to accept Homosexuality in Hinduism? He says the seed did not take fruition, but was Lord Ayyappa ...
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Why do Lord Vishnu's incarnations worship Lord Shiva?

In Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, Lord Vishnu tells Lord Shiva- 'O powerful Rudra,in every age in My different incarnations I too shall worship you to delude the demons. Following these doctrines,...
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How did shiva get the name Trikagni kaala?

Shiva stotram has a beautiful stanza at the ending which goes: Namaste astu bhagwan vishweshwaraya, mahadevaya, tryambakya, tripurantakaya, TRIKAGNIKALAYA, kalagni rudraya, neelkanthaya, ...
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Which scriptures describe the Dupahariya flower? [closed]

I was reading an ayurvedic book so i need to know about the flower Dupahariya .I can't tell you all the name of the book as shiva told not to tell anyone about this in that tantra. What Hindu ...

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