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The Shiva Purana or Shiva Mahapurana is one of the puranas (a genre of Hindu religious texts), dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It contains twelve Saṁhitās and 100,000 shlokas (verses).

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Siva Purana is a Mahapurana or Upapurana?

There are 18 Mahapuranas and 18 Upapuranas according to tradition. Devi Bhagavad Upapurana lists all of them. Here, Sivapurana is listed as an Upapurana. However, Kurmapurana (a Mahapurana) also lists ...
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How to attain a state of Samadhi?

How can one attain a higher state of consciousness or samadhi?
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Shiva with four hands | explanation

Can anyone explain below form of Lord Shiva: I have few specific question: What’s the name of this form. Front two hands are showing some mudras. What’s the object attached to His Trishul. Meaning ...
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Is Shiva a Yogi, who became Shiva by Yoga?

Who is Shiva ? Was he a normal human like us who became a Yogi just by Sadhana?
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What are the rules which will make "namah shivay" mantra more effective?

I read chapter 12, 13 and 14 from Shiv Mahapuran(Vaivhav samhita). Shiv gave few rules in discussion with Parvati. Any "matrin" answers below questions i will be grateful. What lamp or oil ...
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Hanuman God's birth history

In Shiva Puran according to some sources it is narrated that Parvati and Shiva has had carnal relation through which Hanuman God was born in the form of Vanara and after that, not wishing to carrying ...
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Panchakshari Mantra is "Om" and not "Om Namah Shivaya"?

I came across this article, and it seems to introduce many controversial ideas about the Mahamantra. He provides references and quotes, too. https://www.jagatgururampalji.org/en/shiv-puran/om-namah-...
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Authentic English translation of Shiv Puran

I have looked this up on internet and found JL Shashtri translation of Shiv Purana but many people have told me that it is not accurate and author have put his own views instead in many places.So i am ...
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What are 108 names of Kaal Bhairava? Can we chant them on synthetic tulsi mala?

Can you share how to worship Kaal Bhairava at home?
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Are there restrictions or procedure to follow while reading scriptures?

If I read holy scriptures like Puranas or Itihasas as hobby on my laptop do I need to follow specific procedures. Point to be noted here is that I am not narrating it like it it is mentioned in ...
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Shiv Puran Section 4 Chapter 12 ( Kotirudra Samhita Adhyay 12) states Shiv ling is Penis and Yoni is Vagina

In the mentioned Chapter, Rishi Suta explains the story behind Shivling. In the translations it states that Shivji appeared in front of wives of Sages holding his penis in his hand and sages curse him ...
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Do scriptures support the offering of Turmeric to Shivling?

Many people oppose the offering of Turmeric (Haldi) on Shivling by claiming that Haldi is of feminin nature while Shivling is of masculine. By that logic, Kumkum should also be prohibited for ...
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Who is Kalaka, and is there any other information about Mahesha, Sarada, and Vaitala?

In the answer to my question, I learned about the name 'Kalaka'. But, who is Kalaka? I found some background behind Shiva, Parvati, and Bhairava's incarnations, Mahesha, Sarada and Vaitala in this ...
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What if I mispronounce words in Shiva tanam stotram?

I am mispronouncing it while reading and finding it very tough because of Sanskrit. Will this anger Lord Shiva? I am just trying to worship him.
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Was Ravan actually a big devotee of Lord Shiva?

Was he actually a huge Shiva bhakt or was it exaggerated to make him look good?
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How to make Lord Shiva happy so he fullfills a wish?

This isn't a materialistic wish so please don't think I am trying to trade with Lord.
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Is there any mention of Shiva agrees to take Ganga into his hair in Shiva Purana?

Is there any mention of Shiva agrees to take Ganga into his hair so as to prevent her mighty flow from destroying the Earth in shiva purana.
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What are these incidents mentioned by Lord Shiva as examples of helping his devotees?

While reading the Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita Parvati Khanda I came across the following declarations by the Lord: The vow of the king of Assam (Kāmarūpa) was made fruitful. I saved king Sudakṣiṇā who ...
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Questions on achamanam and Sankalpa

I have recently started performing Shiva nama japa and wondering if I can do a short version or achamanam by reciting Keshava, naraayana, madhava and finally govinda and not recite the rest of the 20 ...
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Do 'Tamasa' Puranas ask its readers to practice Adharma?

We are aware that practice of adharma leads to sin, paapa and one will have to reap the fruits of paapa in hell, naraka. The Padma Purana says: सात्त्विका मोक्षदाः प्रोक्ताः राजसा सर्वदा अशुभाः । ...
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Can someone give reasons as to why the Gods and Rishis often discharged their semen after being overcome by lust?

I saw many refrences regarding gods and rishis "dropping their semen" after seeing another godess or an apsara. How is this justified? Aren't they supposed to follow brahmacharya? Or was it ...
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Are there sanskrit verses for lingdharanam in shiv puran

Sanskrit verses for lingdharanam
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linga purana section i.54.9-12 does this prove scientific error in hinduism?

SPEED OF SUN MOVING AROUND EARTH Linga Purana Section I.54.9-12 ; “…Similarly when the sucker of waters (i.e. the sun) moves about in the middle of Puskara the mountain to the north of Manasa, he ...
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Where is the quote satyam shivam sundaram taken from?

Satyam shivam sundaram where does this quote occur in scripture
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How many types of Pralayas are there?

According to Hindu Puranas, repeated creations and dissolutions happen in a cycle. How many types of Pralayas are there according to the Puranas? What is the difference between Pralaya and Mahapralaya?...
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On which day/tithi did Shiva-Parvati get married?

To my knowledge, it has to be the day of MahaShivaratri when Shiva-Parvati got married. However as per this answer, Maha Sivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva appeared as Linga to stop conflict ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any commentaries on the Shiva Purana by any Shaiva acharya?

I'd like to read Shiva Purana with commentaries. Is there any commentary by any Shaivacharya available for it?
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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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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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Regarding a story in Shiva Purana

Shiva Purana mentions a story in shows an argument between Vishnu and Brahma on who is superior, Then Shiva resolves the dispute by taking the form of an infinite light which expands on both sides, ...
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Questions on marriage DAY of Shiva and Sati

Shiva married divine mother twice, once when She was incarnated as Sati and another when she was incarnated as Parvati. Mahashivaratri is popularly known for Shiva-Parvati marriage. Was both marriage ...
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Did Parvathi ji die ? In which Yugas did Shiv marry Sati and Parvathy?

Did Parvathi ji die ? In which Yugas did Shiva marry Sati and in which Yuga he married Parvathy ?
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Onion and garlic dilemma and optimum solution

Suppose someone has voluntarily gave up onion and garlic. Now he went to a restaurant which also offers no onion and garlic food. So you order food without onion and garlic. Mistakenly restaurant ...
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How are Ashtabhairavas related to Kalabhairava?

We know that Kalabhairava was created from Siva's forehead. "Mahadeva then created a wonderful person, Bhairava, from the middle of his brows to quell the pride of Brahma. - Siva Purana ...
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In Hindu religion is there a concept of jinn?

I have doubt about jinns and I want to know is there a concept of jinn in Hindu religion. I want to know who is jinn.
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How should one worship shivalinga at home

I wish to know about what material of shivling can one have at home. I have read that crystal and narmada shivling are best to be kept at home. At the same time, I have also read that mud shivling is ...
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How to do om namah shivaya pranayama(shiv panchakshari pranayam)

I have read in shiv mahapuran that in form of pranayam,shiv Panchakshari is 100 times more beneficial. Do somebody know how to do it?
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Timeline Of Various Puranas

It is well-established by the great yogis, after attaining siddhis, that the stories told in the Puranas are not at all metaphorical and allegorical. It is known when these stories were revealed. ...
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Is there a concept of hell in trika Shaivism?

Shiva Purana gives a detailed account of different hell. Is this the case in trika Shaivism?
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When and why did Lord Shiva punish Vedavyasa?

Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita says Lord Shiva expelled Vedavyasa from Kashi and got him punished through Nandi. O goddess, for the sake of a devotee, I angrily expelled Vyāsa when he had a vicious ...
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Are there any mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas

Are there any specific japa mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas? Are they mentioned in any sacred text?
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When one cannot escape one's prarabdha karma, why do some stotras say that they can clean up the sins of the last 7 births

Recently I have come across a few stotras with phalasruthi saying that these stotras can cleanse the past life sins. I'm citing Dwadasa jyotirlinga stotra as an example. एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं ...
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Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths?

Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths? If yes, please provide the list and source.
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Is ‘Vayu Purāṇa’ a synonym for the Shiva Purāṇa and what is the reason for it having two names?

The Matsya Purāṇa, while enlisting the 18 mahapuranas says the following with reference to the fourth one, also known as the Shri Shiva Purāṇa With reference to the Śvetakalpa, the dharma which Vayu ...
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