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How were the Trimurthi born?

Basically by asking "How were Trimurthis born?" This question is asking "Who is the originator of whom?" Or "Who is the Ishwara?" Several answers are given here, but most ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

I am giving an additional account. The linga form of worship is the symbolic worship of Lord Shiva. As per Puranas like Brahmanda purana, Linga Purana, in the very beginning Shiva appeared to Brahma ...
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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 is Lord Shiva called Pashupati? Who are the Pashus?

Meaning of Pashupati: Pashupati means Lord of all Pashus. Here Pashu means every creatures and not just animals. It is clarified itself in the YajurVeda. Yajurveda states: येषामीशे पशुपतिः पशूनां ...
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How were the Trimurthi born?

Vishnu has no beginning or end. As Vishnu's incarnation Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "Neither the hosts of gods nor the great sages know My origin or opulences, for, in every respect, I am ...
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Where is the mention of 'Shiva is Supreme Lord of Vishnu and Vishnu is Supreme Lord of Shiva'?

Lord Shiva being Supreme Lord of Vishnu and Lord Vishnu being Supreme Lord of Shiva is stated in Harivamsa Parva of Mahabharata in 2.125.41 रुद्रस्य परमो विष्णुर्विष्णोश्च परम: शिवः । एक एव द्विधा...
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Who are Pancha brahmas' Lalita Devi sits on and Why are they called so?

Pancha-Brahmans are the five fold manifestation of Lord Shiva and are named as Sadyojata, Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Ishana. Each five manifestations further manifest as five deities which are ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

First of all the real name is not Shiva Linga, The real name is Jyotirlingam. It is a form of Jyoti. Jyoti is a fire, whose shape is exactly the shape of lingam. Question is why lingam for only ...
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What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?

I think you are going through some western speculations. But whether there was Shaivism in a certain place doesn't matter at all. It's because Vedas are revealed scriptures and it's mantras are heard ...
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Why is Kartikeya not worshiped much compared to lord Shiva, lord Ganesha and goddess Parvati?

The point that Karthikeya is not widely worshipped may be true in North India. But in Tamilnadu, he is very popular. This may be due to the fact that all the major incidents which involved Karthikeya ...
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Why did Lord Shiva fight with Lord Vishnu?

There are multiple incidents you could be referring to:. The story depicted in the TV serial you linked to is (loosely) based on a story told in this excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva ...
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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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What names of Lord Shiva used today are from Vedas?

Name of God represents the attribute of God. Since a single Name doesn't cover all the attributes of God multiple names are given to cover the attributes of God. Lord Shiva has infinite attributes. ...
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What is the significance of Bel leaves in Shiva worship?

There is a stotra (hymn) called Bilwastakam, that describes the spiritual benefits of using even one bel leaf for lord Shiva. For example, the first verse says: tridalaṃ triguṇākāraṃ trinetraṃ ca ...
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What is the significance of Bel leaves in Shiva worship?

The reason that the leaves of the Bilva tree are used in the worship of Shiva is that the Bilva tree emerged from the sweat of Shiva's wife Parvati, as described in the this excerpt from the Nagara ...
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Why was Surya killed by Lord Shiva?

The story of Shiva (temporarily) killing Surya the sun god is told in the Ganesha Khanda of the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. (See page 349 here.) As I discuss in this answer, one of the most prominent ...
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How did Ravana get the golden city of Lanka?

The story of Lanka is described in detail in the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. (The links in my answer link to different excerpts from the Uttara Kanda.) There were three Rakshasa (demon) brothers ...
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Why does lord Shiva have three eyes?

The third eye as seen on Lord Shiva's forehead is also the spiritual eye or ajna chakra which stands for higher consciousness and allows us to see the real world for the world as we see it is an ...
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Was Adi Shankaracharya a Shaiva or a Vaishnava? What were his views on Shiva and Vishnu?

Shankaras Advaita is called Kevala Advaita ie. Only Advaita; there is no duality at all and any duality that is perceived is just due to ignorance. Here are some features of Shankara's philosophy: 1) ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

This question can be answered into two aspects: 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? 2) Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in Linga form ? 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? Among the 18 major ...
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Death of Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva is unborn and eternal. There is no birth and no death for Him. Lord Shiva is Brahman. This is what Mahabharatha says about Lord Shiva Mahadeva is Eternal Brahman. Persons endued with Yoga; ...
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How is Lord Shiva revealed in the Rig Veda?

Various aspects of Lord Shiva are revealed under Rudra Suktas of RigVeda. They are like: 1) Revealing of Lord Rudra as One without Second: Lord Rudra in Vedas has one peculiar characteristic ie. He is ...
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Is there any instance of Shiva showing his vishwaroopa in the Mahabharata?

Yes. From Drona Parva (Section CCI): Vyasa said, 'O highly significant is this matter that thou enquirest of me from surprise. I will tell thee everything; listen attentively. He that is called ...
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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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Why don't we see Lord Shiva living on Kailash if he really exists?

Lord Mahadeva does really exist. He stays on Mount Kailash, which is currently present in Tibet. But for a normal human eye, Mount Kailash looks like just normal mountain. The people well versed in ...
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Is Lord Shiva First Vaishnava (Devotee of Lord Vishnu)?

Whether Lord Shiva is greatest Vaishnava or greatest Shaivite or greatest Shakta or greatest any other, depends on scripture which you read. As per Shiva Purana: In Koti Rudra Samhita Shiva Purana ...
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How many wives did Lord Shiva have?

Lord Shiva has only one wife Named Sati. Sati is an aspect of Adi Parashakti. Once Prajapati Daksha organized a yagna , but he didn't invite Sati & Shiva. Sati thought being a daughter they don'...
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Why didn't Lord Shiva realize that he was beheading his own son?

This whole event is a series of interconnected Chain events. I'm here summarizing the chain events: 1) Boon to Gajasura: Gajasura was a devotee of Lord Shiva and he got a boon that his head would be ...
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