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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 says: The Supreme Spirit has three conditions. In the form of Brahma, he is the Creator, and in the form of Vishnu he is the Preserver, and in his form as ...


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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 descends to take care of the creation. This may be killing the demons or establishing dharma or to spread knowledge or to fulfill desire of a devotee. No one ...


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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 is foremost. Thus there is no effect of time for Lord Shiva as he was before the time. This is expanded in Taittariya Aranyaka of YajurVeda as: वामदेवाय नमो ...


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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 eye, as per Puranas. Incident 1: Burning of Kama (Kama Dahana) When Shiva was doing Tapasya on Kaliasa, Parvathi was serving Mahadeva with permission of her ...


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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 directions, but he sprouted a head in each of the four directions until finally she went above him and he grew a fifth head pointed towards Devaloka: Lord ...


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The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra In Devanagari script: ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।। In English script: om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ǀ urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā'mritāt ǁ This is Great Death-conquering Mantra, also called the Tryambakam Mantra, is a ...


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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 Purana - Padma Kalpa (hence the name) Vishnu Purana - Varaha Kalpa (current Kalpa) Vayu Purana (includes ...


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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 states Hanuman is mentioned as an avatar of Shiva or Rudra in the Sanskrit texts like the Mahabhagvata Purana, the Skanda Purana, the Brhaddharma Purana ...


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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 available online on DSpace, the digital repository of the West Bengal Public Library Network. Here are the links to all four volumes: Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume ...


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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 if you want to read Shiva Maha Purana in Sanskrit with English translation, read Shiva Purana on Indian Scriptures. This version is not text searchable. BTW, ...


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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. So, in one Kalpa, Vishnu creates Rudra and Brahma and in another Kalpa Rudra creates Brahma and Vishnu and this cycle continues. Similarly Matsya purana says ...


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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 eternal, being served devotedly by Brahma,Vishnu and other gods. He had the brilliance of ten million suns and was reverently served by Ganesha, Bhrngi, ...


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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 Rudra, You are the one who cry, who makes other cry and who removes the cry of Samsara (misery of Samsara). Rudra who cries: Rudra takes birth as son of Lord ...


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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 depicted as wearing snake over his neck with a trident in his hand. Supreme Purusha Shiva, as formless, is generally worshipped in Linga form. This answer explains ...


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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 शब्दमात्राद्यै प्राकृतेन्द्रियभोजनात् ।। भगस्य दं भोगमिति शब्दार्थो मुख्यतः श्रुतः । मुख्यो भगस्तु प्रकृतिर्भगवाञ्छिव उच्यते ।। भगवान् भोगदाता हि नान्यो ...


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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 13.1.6।। Rohita gave the Earth and Heavens their being. There Para- meshthin held the cord extended. Thereon reposeth Aja Ekapāda. He with his might ...


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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 Lord of the universe, otherwise called by the name of Hari, then addressed the illustrious Isana and said these words:-He that knows thee, knows me. He that ...


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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 to the Procedure of Lingaarchana or Worship the Shiva Linga, the Maharshi stated that once Devi Parvati also inquired of the same and Shiva Himself revealed ...


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Like Bhagavatams, Shiva Purana also says itself as best among all the Puranas and best remedy in age of Kali. Chapter 1 Glory of Shiva Purana says कालव्यालमहात्रासविध्वंसकरमुत्तमम्। शैवं पुराणं परमं शिवेनोक्तं पुरा मुने॥८॥ This Purana is the best remedy for the biggest danger like the death, which bites like the snake and is the biggest danger. ...


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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 ज्ञेयं सेवनीयं च सर्वथा॥१२॥ The Shiva-Purana is admittedly the best of the Shastras and is also true form of Shiva on earth.Therefor it should be read ...


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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 Purana to know complete story though Chapter 97 of Linga Purana mentions different story. First of all, it was Jalandhara who started everything. He went into ...


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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-purana. It does not contain the Sanskrit original text but does includes romanized orginal names using the IAST transliteration scheme.


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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 melody; drinking of the goddess of speech, they were born, and thence their appellation. (gām dhayantah, 'drinking speech')." In another place in the same ...


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Mother Sati gave up her body through the process of Kundalini Yoga. And leaving the body through the path of Yoga is not called Suicide. Here is how Srimad Bhagvatam describes the event: इत्यध्वरे दक्षमनूद्य शत्रुहन्क्षितावुदीचीं निषसाद शान्तवाक् । स्पृष्टा जलं पीतदुकूलसंवृतानिमील्य द्दग्योगपथं समाविशत् ।। कृत्वा समानावनिलौ जितासना सोदानमुत्थात्य च नाभि...


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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 6.117.11 Rama, the lord of creation, who was born in Raghu dynasty and the foremost one among protectors of righteousness, spoke to those god-chiefs as follows:...


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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 Nayanars and also among 18 Siddhars. In his work Tirumantiram: 1) Tirumular states Ultimate state of Jiva is beyond SadaShiva also: 2374 The Ultimate State ...


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Chapter 21 (pg 82-86) of the Sristi Khanda of Padma Purana recounts how Brahma killed a demon named Vajranabha and found Puskara. Once Brahma wanted to perform a sacrifice. He went to earth to select a place for it. He arrived at a forest where the trees request him to stay and bless the place. 15.He meditated on the highest god who created this world. ...


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This skull could be probably skull of a previous Indra. Rudra at Prakrta Pralaya (dissolution after death of Creator Brahma) burns entire Universe to ashes and wears skulls of Devas as Ornaments. So, there could be a chance that this skull belongs to some previous Indra. Chapter 46, Uttara Bhaga of Kurma Purana mentions Prakrta Pralaya in detail and says ...


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