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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 being Aparājitapṛcchā Chapter 214, Devatāmūrtiprakaraṇam Chapter 4, Mayamatam Chapter 36) but the tilaka of Lord Brahma was nowhere to be found except in only one ...


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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 chanting Rudra Suktas and chanting Shiva names and stating that: एक एव हि विश्वेशो मुक्तिदो नान्य एव हि ।। इति ब्रुवाणान्सततं परिनिश्चितमानसान् ।। ९ ।। विलोक्य ...


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This is certainly an image of Lord Shiva , who is one among the triad gods (Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva). This is well conformed when we look at it. It clearly shows some distinct features of Lord Shiva as we know from his description from scriptures like Trident and Damaru (a musical instrument) in his hand. Crescent moon on his head. A third eye on his ...


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In the same chapter of the Skandha Purana (Sankara Samhita Chapter 2) look at the verse no 33 and 34 which gives name of 4 Vaishnava Puranas (as per that chapter): विष्णोर्हि वैष्णवं तद्वत् तथा भागवतं तथा। नारदीय पुराणं च गारुडं वैष्णवं विदु:।। 34 Vishnu Purana, Bhagavata Purana, Narada Purana and Garuda Purana; these (four) are known as Vaishnava Puranas. ...


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Chapter 2 of Sankara Samhita of Skandha Purana lists the name of 10 Shaiva Puranas as: तत्र शैवानि शैवं च भविष्यश्च द्विजोत्तमा:। मार्कण्डेयं तथा लैङ्गं वाराहं स्कान्दमेव च ।। मात्स्यमन्यत्तथा कौर्मे वामनं च मुनीश्वरा:। ब्रह्माण्डं च दशेमानि त्रीणि लक्षाणि संख्यया।। 31 The Shaiva Puranas are Shiva Purana, Bhavisya Purana, Markandeya Purana, Linga Purana, ...


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This quote is found in 8th Patala of Karana Agama: देव्युवाच: Devi asked: देवदेव जगन्नाथ सर्वानुग्रहतत्पर। विधानमिदमुकृष्टं वेदमन्त्र्समन्वितम्।। वेदाधिकारिणां सम्यगनुष्टेयं प्रकाशितम्। स्रीमुख्याः केन विधिना कृतार्थाः स्युर्निबोध मे।। Oh The Gods of Gods, the Lord of World, You are ready to grace all. This well-mannered method is connected with the hymns ...


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In the passages you have provided what is praised is the Pashupata Yoga (also called the Pashupata Vrata) and what is condemned are sects like Pashupata. So, there is no contradiction as the same thing isn't praised and condemned simultaneously. In some other scriptures too (including Usana Smriti which isn't a sectarian scripture) we find criticisms of the ...


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Good question! But I see a slight contradiction in your wording. You ask about "specific appearance", while at the same time asking whether "they really exist as entities". Existence is difference from appearance. The substance water exists. But it may appear differently in solid, liquid and gaseous forms. Similarly, the ultimate absolute ...


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Trimurtis are present in every Brahmanda. This Lord, or Isvara, has three aspects: as Brahma He creates, as Vishnu He preserves, and as Siva He destroys. These three form as one Lord, or God, who is known by three different names according to His three functions. Since the Brahmandas are without number, so too are Brahmas, Vishnus, and Sivas without number. ...


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Lord Shiva wears snakes as his ornaments as well as for his Yajnopavitam (sacred thread). The snake Vasuki which often encircles neck of Lord Shiva can also work like Agni tatwa (fire element) for the Soma tatwa (moon) which is on the head of Lord Shiva. Thus by combining Agni and Soma, Amrita (immortal nectar) is produced which bathes Shiva. Now let's see ...


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This form of Lord Shiva is probably Aishwarya Ishwara Shiva . Aishwarya means wealth and Ishwara means lord i.e. Lord of the Wealth. This form is also known as Shri Kuberapureeswarar Shiva or Kubereshwar Shiva. There is a temple of this form of Shiva in Thanjavur -Tamil Nadu ( Tanjapureeswarar temple). There is also a Legend of kubera losing all his ...


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As per Naradiya Samhita , Mahashivaratri is celebrated as below: माघेकृष्णेचतुर्दश्यामादिदेवो महानिशि । शिवलिंगतयॊद्भूतः कॊटिसूर्यसमप्रभः ॥ On the 14th day of Magha month, Krishna Paksha, Mahadeva showed himself as shivalinga which was as resplendant as crores of suns. Hence that is the day on which Shivaratri is celebrated with Abhisheka to Shivalinga along ...


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I can't speak anything regarding whether you should do it or not. It is the relation between devotee (you) and Lord. However after seeing your description of your question, I felt to write this answer. I got this random thought whilst reciting Shiva Chalisa... With this statement, I remembered Grihapati incarnation of Lord Shiva which is discussed in Shiva ...


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Yes, there are various events in our scriptures. But it doesn't mean that Lord Shiva will test for each and every devotee necessarily. 1) Testing of Upamanyu: One of the popular events is when Lord Shiva took the form of Lord Indra and tested Upamanyu. That form of Lord Shiva is known as Sureshwara. Mahabharata in this chapter describes the event: In this ...


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First we should know that Moon itself is a form of lord Shiva through his Ashtamurti form! As described in the answer there, Kaushitki Brahmana of the RigVeda (chapter 6) itself states: He answered, ‘You are Rudra.’ Since the moon is Rudra, thereby Rudra harms him not, nor his offspring, nor his cattle, nor any one claiming to he his The Shatapatha ...


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Summary: Brahmaji having brought about creation became arrogant due to the effect of Rajas (creation). His fifth head started reciting all the Vedas alongwith ancillaries, the Itihasa, etc., which caused so much Rajasik splendour so as to harm his own creation. The created beings then prayed to Lord Shiva who then plucked out the fifth head and danced around,...


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In the Shiva Purana 6.9.14 we have: रुर्दुःखं दुःखहेतुं वा तद् द्रावयति यः प्रभुः । रुद्र इत्युच्यते तस्माच्छिवः परमकारणम् ॥ ‘Ruḥ’ means misery or the cause of misery. This is destroyed, melted away, by Rudra. Hence the Supreme Lord, Shiva, who is the Ultimate Cause is called ‘Rudra’. In the Shatapatha Brahmana of YajurVeda we have: यद्रोदोत् तस्माद्रुद्र।...


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Six Schools of Indian Darshana's are as below: Nyaya Vaishesika Purva Mimamsa Samkhya Yoga Uttra Mimamsa Here Uttra mimamsa is Upanishad (Vedic postulate) and Purva mimamsa is vedic text itself (yaga and other vedic literature). Nyaya is Logic which (madhva school of philosophy greatly emphasis) Nyaya Sudha, Nyayaamruta, chandrika, Parimala. Samkhya is ...


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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance? Yes they do, because that is how they are described in the Vedas. For example: Indra has ever close to him his two bay steeds and word-yoked car, Indra the golden, thunder-armed. In the Vedas, the gods are described as having a particular body with particular characteristics, and doing various ...


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As No one was giving me any answers I had to search for myself and thankfully I think I got the answer but not the verses and so I am posting it in here.: The description of the daksha yagna story varies according to different Puranas. The Vamana purana states that Fearing Lord Shankar's wrath, Lord Vishnu went to Hrishikesh and remained aloof for quite ...


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Vaidyanātha Jyōtirliṅga Chapter 1 of the Koṭirudra Saṃhitā of the Shiva Purana places the Linga in a cremation ground or citābhūmi (and alternatively at a place called parali): वैद्यनाथं चिताभूमौ - Vaidyanātha in the cremation ground The Dvādaśaliṅgastōtram by Adi Shankaracharya places the Linga in the North Eastern part of the country: पूर्वोत्तरे ...


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From the Shiva Shadakshara Stotram of the Rudra Yamala Tantram: वाहनं वृषभो यस्य वासुकिः कंठभूषणम् । वामे शक्तिधरं देवं वकाराय नमो नमः ॥५॥ Vaahanam Vrssabho Yasya Vaasukih Kamttha-Bhuussannam | Vaame Shakti-Dharam Devam Vakaaraaya Namo Namah ||5|| Meaning: 5.1: (Salutations to Him) Who has a Bull as His Vehicle, Who has the snake Vasuki as the Ornament of ...


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The quoted verse is from the Argala stotra, a part of the Devi Mahatyam of the Markandeya Purana. जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी । दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते ॥२॥ Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii | Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te ||2|| Meaning: 2.1: Salutations to Jayanti (Who is Ever-...


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There is a peak in Himalaya mountain region of India which is called as Shivling (mountain). Shivling is a mountain at tapovan in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya, near the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. It lies in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, 6 kilometres (4 mi) south of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh (the source of ...


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Yes, the event where Parvati closed eyes of Lord Shiva took place several times. Devi manifests in her various forms in various times and plays with Lord Shiva. In the Taittariya Samhita of the Yajurveda 2.2.5, a story is given where the Sun suddenly loses its brightness and darkness spreads. Then the Gods pray to the deities Soma-Rudra and by the grace of ...


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The concept of multiple universes is present in yoga vasistha. From the yoga vasistha, that is translated by Swami Venkatesananda - O Rama, countless have been the universes that have come into being and that have been dissolved. In fact, even the countless universes that exist at this moment are impossible to conceive of. All this can immediately be ...


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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 ...


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Recently i saw an answer posted by an user of this forum (User 808) on Oct 24, 2014. He started his answer like this: "Please read the Mahabharata carefully. Also, the puranas Srimad bhagavatham, Varaha Purana, Padma purana, Garuda Purana, Matsya Purana etc....In all these puranas there upmteen number of instances where Shiva Worshipped Vishnu or ...


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I am not sure how satisfactory it will answer the question. (I lack the knowledge about any discriptions within puranas or vedas , thus the answer is purely from the perspective of tantra) From Sarvollāsatantram, Sixteenth Ulhassa: राधातन्त्रे-- जैव: शाक्तो गाणपत्यो वैष्णव: परमेश्वरि । पुष्पेण तिछक॑ भाले सदेव रूपबान भवेत्‌ ॥ प्रत्यक्षैस्तिलकैदेवि शिव सा...


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Although it's not a direct scriptural reference In Kulavarna tantra of Chakumba Prakashan translated by Dr. Pramhansa Mishra, Hindi version He writes: (I am translating) "There is a provisional idea of three classes of Gurus, Namely 1. Shaiva-Shastra Paramestha (one who has mastered the Shaiva-shastra completely), 2. Param Guru (Great or the best) 3. ...


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