While providing Pashupatastra to Arjuna Lord Shiva says that neither chief of Gods nor humans know of it. So, it is not possible that any other human would have Pashupatastra. From Vana Parva of Mahabharata:
ददानि तेऽस्त्रं दयितमहं पाशुपतं महत् |
समर्थो धारणे मोक्षे संहारे चापि पाण्डव || १३ ||
नैतद्वेद महेन्द्रोऽपि न यमो न च यक्षराट् |
वरुणो वाथ ...
Before I answer this question I must make it absolutely clear that there are no references to lord Shiva smoking weed in any Hindu scriptures and even though I once came across a particular version of Shiv Puran which claimed lord Shiva consumed cannabis (the text was from an unknown publication) but even that unauthentic copy said lord Shiva once ate the ...
it's given in the next few lines only of Chapter 13, Vayavivasamhita, Shiva Purana, When Brahma Created Vishnu. They are as follows.:
Now listen to their holy and wonderful story that releases from sins.
22-26. Listen also to what happened to Brahmā in his Kalpa. In the Kalpa, Meghavāhana, Viṣṇu became a cloud and showered the earth for a thousand divine ...
Yes, Mandalas are very essential components of Trika Shaivism. In many rituals, deities are worshipped inside Mandala form. Sri Abhinavagupta frequently discusses the use of Mandalas to perform various rituals in Tantraloka and Tantrasara. For example, in chapter 14 of Tantrasara, he discusses forming a Mandala in the form of Tridents and invoking deities in ...
It is mostly not mentioned in the Smritis but widely mentioned in Puranas and some Upanishads. But while searching I found that it is mentioned in the Sankhayana-grihya-sutra Adhyāya II, Khaṇḍa 10:
Every day in the evening and in the morning,
He establishes the fire (in its proper place), wipes (with his hand the ground) round (it), sprinkles (water) round ...
Well @Tezz has given most of the answer but I want to add some more to the list say it as no. 4, 5, 6,7,... And so on.
Testing of Brahma and Vishnu
Once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu faught for their supremacy but to stop them Lord Shiva became an infinite lingam and told Brahma to find it's top and Vishnu to find it's bottom. Lord brahma went upward as a swan ...
Śrī Rudram of the YajurVedā says:
nama̍ste astu bhagavan viśveśva̱rāya̍ mahāde̱vāya̍ tryamba̱kāya̍
tripurānta̱kāya̍ trikāgnikā̱lāya̍ kālāgniru̱drāya̍ nīlaka̱nthāya̍
mrutyuñja̱yāya̍ sarveśva̱rāya̍ sadāśi̱vāya̍ śrīmanmahāde̱vāya̱ nama̍"
I offer my salutations (namaste) to Lord Shiva: who is the Lord of the Universe
(viśveśvarā); who is the great God (...
There is mention of importance of tripundra in Puranas. An example is given below.
The Lord said thus :-"O excellent-faced lady, a person who applies
Bhasman is on a par with my son Ganesa. What is repugnnant to them
should be eschewed. A householder who is devoid of Brahman (Vedic
knowledge) and who does not wear the caste mark Tripundra falls into
Well I am answering my own question because I got some new proofs to validate the point of my own question.
In the above verse It is said that no one but just Lord kala controls maa Lakshmi.
It's gonna be a bit long so just read till the last.
So what and who is kaala.? Where in sanskrit kala has 3 meanings - time, death and black (space) so lord shiva is ...
For Shiva Abhishekam, is the greatest Abhishekam that's why Lord Shiva is called as Abhishek priya.
The greatest and the highest Abhishekam is to pour the waters of pure love on the Aatm Ling of the lotus of the heart. The external Abhishekam with various objects will help the growth of devotion and adoration for Shiv and eventually lead to internal ...