I read on the website OmOccult that alone Shiva is on a par with Shava (dead body); hence, he must be worshipped with his wife Parvati (his power) and the entire family. The entire story of the family man Shiva is duly mentioned in the Holy Scripture Shiva Purana; however, a crux of that is shared here - after assigning the task of creation to Brahma and ...
This is a hard question to answer factually. However thankfully there are some passages from The Puranas and The Mahabharata that can be used to answer this.
First let me answer this based on the passages from the Puranas and The Mahabharata. Then I will add my personal opinion.
In Puranas that glorify Vishnu, the implied answer to this question is simple -...
namo babhlushaya does not mean that Rudra rides on a bull. The traditional translations take it to mean that Rudra rides on a bull. For example, the below link -
Shri Rudram 2.4
|| AUM namo bhagavate rudrAya ||
namo babhlushAya vivyAdhine .annAnAM ...
Yes there are references to it in The Mahabharata. But there is no clear reason as to "why The Linga form".
One reference occurs in The Drona Parva, and specifically in the last chapters of that parva, after the Maha-Narayanastra was invoked by Aswattama (that section is also called as Narayanastra-Moksha parva).
After being spared by The Maha ...
In Kali-yuga Lord Siva appeared in the 8th Century as Sankaracharya.
In the Padma Purāṇa Vedic text it is stated that the Personality of Godhead ordered His Lordship Śiva to deviate the human race from Him (the Personality of Godhead).
The Personality of Godhead was to be so covered so that people would be encouraged to generate more and more population.