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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

Puranas are sectarian literature. You will find them disagreeing about the supreme Deity. You should instead read a non-sectarian scripture like Mahabharata. Mahabharata Vana Parva Section CCLXX ...
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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

Though the god is one, when we see in terms of Generation, Operation, Destruction these are taken care by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Since Vishnu is responsible for execution, it is He who ...
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Why Lord Shiva is depicted as Lord of Time?

YajurVeda salutes Lord Shiva by stating: नमो अग्रियाय च प्रथमाय च [YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 4.5.5.2] Namo Agriyaya cha prathamaya cha Salutations to Him who was before all things and who ...
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Is Lord Shiva dark in complexion?

Lord Shiva's Complexion was described in Chapter Four (Cancula's Salvation) of Shiva Purana Mahatyam in Shiva Puranam. You can see that from here.(Page 18) She saw the three-eyed Mahadeva, the ...
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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra In Devanagari script: ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।। In English script: om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe ...
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

As mentioned in this answer, different Puranas were revealed during onset of different Kalpas. Chapter 53 of Matsya Purana mentions Kalpas of all Puranas except Brahma and Markandeya Puranas. Padma ...
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Who is Rudra deva?

The Best definition of Lord Rudra is given by Lord Krishna himself in Harivamsha Parva [2.74 section] of Mahabharata: रुद्रो देव त्वं रुदनाद् रावणाञ्च रोरुयमाणो द्रावणाच्चवातिदेवः । Lord ...
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How many times has Shiva opened his 3rd eye?

Lord Shiva opened His 3rd eye infinite number of times, if we consider cyclic nature of time, as many events repeat in every Manvantara. However, we know four instances where Mahadeva opened His 3rd ...
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What is the origin of Brahma's four heads?

The story of how Brahma got four heads is told in this excerpt from the Matsya Purana. When Brahma created Saraswati, he immediately fell in love with her, and she evaded him by going in different ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

Shiva Purana says that Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (Trimurti) rivaled one another and they propitiated the Supreme Lord (their father) and they got a boon of creating others at outset of various Kalpas. ...
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Is the complete Shiva Purana available online in English?

As I far as I know, the only unabridged translation of the Shiva Purana is the four-volume translation published by Motilal Banarsidass. Here is a link to the table of conents. The translation is ...
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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

Vishnu or Krishna is the Supreme Being and He is worshiped and followed by Shiva's incarnations. For example Hanuman was an incarnation of Shiva and Rama was an incarnation of Vishnu, as Wikipedia ...
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Is the complete Shiva Purana available online in English?

Unabridged Shiva Maha Purana is now available in text searchable format on archive.org. This is the same Motilal Banarsidas Edition. Download PDF with text format. Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 ...
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What are offerings to shivalinga and what are fruits of it?

The details of how to perform Shiva Linga Archana(including the details of mantras to be used etc) are briefed in the Lingaarchana chapter of LingaPurana: As Rishis asked Lomaharshana Maharshi as ...
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Vishnu seducing Jalandhar's wife Vrinda: How justified?

The source you have cited in question is not proper. You should read Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) (chapter 13 - Chapter 25) of Shiva Mahapurana and/or Uttarakhada (Chapter 3 - Chapter 18) of Padma ...
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Who is Aja Ekapada and why is this form of Lord Shiva very rare in Hinduism?

Aja Ekapada is mentioned in Rig-Veda 2.31.6 and Atharva-Veda Kanda 13- Sukta 1- Mantra 6. रोहितो द्यापृथिवि जजान तत्र तन्तुं परमेष्ठी ततान । तत्र शिश्रियेSज एक पादोSद्रुंहद् द्यापृथिवि बलेन ।। AV ...
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When and why did Lord Shiva punish Vedavyasa?

The story of Nandi punishing Vyasa is mentioned in this chapter (Kashi Khanda chapter 95) of Skandha Purana. What that chapter describes is, Vyasa sees Saunaka and other sages wearing Tripundras and ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

One has to read Vyasa's entire teachings to get an answer to this question. Hari and Isana are equivalent Well-adored by the Rishis, by Brahma, and by all the deities, that great God, the ...
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Who is Rudra deva?

There's a subtle difference between Shiva and Shankara or Rudra. Shiva is Supreme Purusha while Shankara aka Rudra is human manifestation of Supreme Purusha Shiva. Shankara or Rudra is generally ...
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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

MahaMrityunjaya mantra is one of the most special mantra from Veda Samhita addressed to Lord Shiva. It is in Rig Veda Samhita 7.59.12. Sage Vasistha is the Rishi (who heard) of the mantra and Devata ...
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What is the meaning of Bhagavan as per Shiva Purana?

Shiva Purana Vidyesvara Samhita chapter 16 gives definition of what is meant by 'Bhagavan' and why is Lord Shiva called Bhagavan: भं वृद्धिं गच्छतीत्यर्थाद्भगः प्रकृतिरुच्यते । प्राकृतैः...
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How to please Lord Shiva to get grace?

In this Kurma Purana chapter, Lord Shiva prescribes Bhakti or devotion as the best means of achieving his grace. Parama Shiva asserted: Naaham Tapobhirvividhairna Daanena na cheyjyayaa | ...
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Is Kamadeva (Manmatha) still alive or dead?

Kamadeva is alive now with body but he lived without body till his birth as Krishna's son Pradyumna. He regained his body after taking birth as Pradyumna during 28th Dwapara Yuga of this Manvantara. ...
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Is the complete Shiva Purana available online in English?

The following is the full English translation of the Shiva Purana including an interwoven glossary. It contains over 600,000 words and starts with a Mahatmya, extolling the greatness of the Shiva-...
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Do Shaivites believe in something greater than Sadashiva?

Yes, Shaivites do believe in higher than SadaShiva also. Tirumantiram written by Tirumular is one of the oldest texts considered as authoritative by Shaiva Siddhantin. Tirumular is also one among 63 ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

Yes , in Shiva-Mahapurana we also find the similar description in Mahatmyam or Glory part. Chapter 1 Shloka 12 - The glory of the purana. एतच्छीपुराणं हि परमं शास्त्रमुत्तमम्। शिवरुपं क्षितौ ...
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Who are Gandharvas?

Gandharvas were a different tribe of creation just like devas, apsaras or rakshasas. ORIGIN According to the Vishnu Purāna, they were sons of Brahmā. "The Gandharvas were next born, imbibing ...
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Did Rama know that he was Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

At the end of Ramayana war, when Brahma & Devas extol him as Supreme, Rama says ' abravittridashashreShThaan raamo dharmabhR^itaaM varaH | AtmAnam mAnusham manye rAmam daSarathAtmajam VR 6....
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