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How were the Trimurti 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why and how did Lord Shiva fall in love with Mohini?

"Any Shiva bhakt will be shocked if they read about this!" One doesn't need to get shocked from this story. It can be interpreted in various ways: i) Vaishnavite Interpretation: This story ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

Yes, there are a few. Temples of historical significance The very famous Prambanan temple at Java, Indonesia. This very old temple (and UNESCO world heritage site) from 9th century is dedicated to ...
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Why Nãrãyana (Vishnu) had to pray Rudra (Shiva) to obtain supreme powers? (excerpt from Mahãbhãrata)

It's because Narayana is the soul of Rudra or one may also call Rudra is the soul of Narayana. Both are true. It is explained by Krishna himself in this chapter of Shanti Parva (in the Nãrãyaniya ...
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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 it true that Lord Shiva's description is different in Vedas?

।। Shiva in Vedas ।। vs ।। Shiva in Puranas।। First of all I would like to suggest to read this post: What names of Lord Shiva used today are from Vedas? It's because citing the same thing ...
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What scriptures say that Lord Shiva sits in Smashan (Cremation Grounds)?

It is stated in Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva himself answers this question on being asked by Uma. "Uma said, 'Thou hast many abodes in heaven, of diverse forms and possessed of every ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

There is one temple of Trimurties i.e. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, in Uthamarkoil, a village in the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is ...
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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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Where does Rig Veda say that Shiva is the God who grants Moksha?

Rig Veda in 7.59.12 tells Shiva [Rudra] is the God who grants eternal Mokshya. Rishi Vasistha is the Seer and Rudra is the devta and it invokes the Three Eyed One. The verse is: त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे ...
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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 are the eight forms (Ashtamurti) of Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva forms the basis of creation of everything and it is also represented by his AshtaMurti or Eight Fold forms. 1) AshtaMurti in Vedas: RigVeda states Lord Shiva as 'Pururupa' or &...
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Do some people have more Grace of God and some have less?

I am not answering from the scriptures right now. I am only using Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa's "Kathamrita" as the reference. Such apparent differences can be explained by taking into account our ...
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Why did Lord Shiva take 44 avatars if his primary role is to be the destroyer?

First of all there is not anything like 44 Avatars of Shiva. There are many (actually infinite) Avatars of Lord Shiva. Also as you have asked "What is the need of his avatar if his function is to ...
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What Tilak or Namam does Lord Brahma have on His forehead?

The best iconography of Brahma is found in the Puranas (such as Matsya Purāṇa Chapter 260 and Agni Purāṇa chapter 49) and other iconography in some medieval texts on architecture (the most famous ...
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What is the Yogic meaning of getting liberation by reaching Varanasi?

The term "Reaching the Varanasi" itself has a deep yogic significance. It is described in Vedas itself. Actually the term Varanasi means "beyond nose". Naasi = Nose in Sanskrit and ...
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How is Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, described in Hindu scriptures?

There are two Kailasas. One in Cosmic Plane and other Kailasa on Earth. तस्य पूर्णावतारो हि रुद्रः साक्षाच्छिवः स्मृतः। कैलासे भवनं रम्यं पञ्चवक्त्रश्चकार ह। ब्रह्माण्डस्य तथा नाशे तस्य नाशोऽस्ति वै ...
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Is it true that Lord Shiva's description is different in Vedas?

Some descriptions of Lord Shiva which are found in the later-day scriptures are found in the Vedas too. But not all the known features are found. Lord Shiva's consort Goddess UmA: Namah somAya cha ...
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