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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 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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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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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

One has to read Vyasa's teachings on the gods 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 ...
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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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Why does Uma Samhita, Chapter 24 of Shiva Purana insult Women?

We should read or understand Chapters 22, 23 and 24 of Uma Samhita of Shiva Purana completely to get proper meaning. In these 3 chapters, Vyasa asks Sanatkumara to explain things so that he can get ...
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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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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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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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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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Why Maa Lakshmi says that neither Lord Brahma nor Lord Vishnu only Lord Shiva commands her to move from one place to another.?

Why Maa Lakshmi says that neither Lord Brahma nor Lord Vishnu only Lord Shiva commands her to move from one place to another.? This is the interpretation of mahapashupatastra blog for the below ...
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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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What is the story behind Lord Rudra (Shiva) holding the skull of Indra?

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, ...
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Do Vedas or Shruti describe Lord Shiva as Sattva (सत्व)?

Taittariya Samhita of YajurVeda in 4.5.2 salutes Lord Shiva by stating him to be the Lord of Satwas. It is also a portion of Sri Rudram. It is also stated in Vajasenai Samhita in 16.20.These words ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

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 ...
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Why does Uma Samhita, Chapter 24 of Shiva Purana insult Women?

First of all it is not that chapter 24 of Uma Samhita Shiva Purana is wholly dedicated to Insult women. That chapter is just recording the dialogue which took place between Nãrada and Apsarã named ...
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Did Lord Brahma kill any demons?

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 ...
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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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Did Mother Sati become a ghost after committing sucide?

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 ...
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Varaha Avatar story versions

Lord Vishnu has taken Varaha Avatar infinite times, if we consider cyclic nature of time, as many events repeat at regular intervals (may vary slightly sometimes). So, both stories are correct. Lord ...
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How Lord Shiva became Tripurari?

Lord Shiva became Tripurai by destroying Three (Tri) cities (Pura) made up of iron gold and silver. YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 6.2.3 mentions this story as: The Asuras had three citadels; the ...
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Did Shiva's army molest women during Daksha Yajna?

Lord Shiva's army (Army of Shiva Ganas with valiant Veerabhadra) didn't molest any woman. Daksha Yajna is described in detail in Chapter 36 and 37 of Rudra Samhita (Sati Khanda) of Shiva Mahapurana. ...
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Why did Shiva cry and showed such grief when Sati died as he is a god and a god is free from all the Maya which is created by him?

First of all there is no mention of Lord Shiva crying during Sati episode in the Shiva Mahapurana. However this answer suggests that Brahma Vaivarta Purana states Lord Shiva crying. However there is ...
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Why did Shiva cry and showed such grief when Sati died as he is a god and a god is free from all the Maya which is created by him?

Yes, If we pay attention to the Puranas, we can understand that all three guna-avatars (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) are transcendental to the modes of nature in which they control. Yet, they appear in the ...
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