Yes, there is a technical difference. Generally these two terms are used interchangeably as a synonym. But Shankara, Rudra, Mahadeva, etc. mean the God who dwells in the Kailasha mountain. And Shiva means His absolute formless mode of bright light.
The Linga Purana has the description regarding the origin of Siva which goes something like below:
Lord Shiva is shown sitting on or wearing a tiger skin. The tiger is
the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force. Shiva is beyond
and above any kind of force. He is the master of Shakti. The tiger
skin that he wears symbolizes victory over every force. Tiger also
represent lust. Thus sitting on Tiger skin, Shiva ...
Shiva is often described as cosmic dancer and a great musician. Shiva's Tandavam is the cosmic dance and his Damaru (a small hourglass shape drum) represent the cosmic sound. It is said in Shiva Mahapurana that
the sounds from the damaru beats the the rhythm of the cosmic vibrations and the energy is activated by the divine Mother or Shakti.
The sound ...
Lord Vishnu carries all the tattvas in the world in the form of his weapons. Each weapon and ornament is a symbolism for each tattva.
The symbolism and significance of them are described in 7 verses in Vishnu Purana Chapter 22:
The glorious Hari wears the pure soul of the world, undefiled, and void of qualities, as the Kaustubha gem. The chief ...
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 it is implying to reach the area which is beyond nose (ie. Middle of the eyebrow) ie. Ajna Chakra. Hence Vedas State who reach Ajna Chakra (middle of eyebrow) ...
Quoting from About.com
If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of Hinduism, it's
saffron - the color of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being.
As such, the fire altar is regarded as a distinct symbol of ancient
Vedic rites. The saffron color, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the
Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained ...
It's not about keeping it fair that even men should wear some form of accessory indicating they are married. Wearing a mangal-sutra is a tradition similar to a sister tying a rakhee on her brother's wrist to remind him of his duty to protect her. Even in that case, there is no equivalent of rakhee that a sister has to wear.
I hope that answers the question.
It's prescribed in Ayurveda not to sit on bare floors because of the risk of Vata. Hence, the reason for Yogis to use some kind of separation between themselves and the floor/rock etc.
Moreover, since Yogis and Sanyasis are generally away from civilization and man made fabric, it could also lead to the use of more natural and available 'fabric' of animal ...
First a small clarification from Wikipedia entry
Contrary to false impression generated in recent decades by Indian movies and TV soap opera, the practice does not exist in every part of India, nor is it an integral part of a marriage ceremony.
Apart from the mangala sutra, the toe rings (bichhua), kumkum, bangles, nalla pusalu (black pearls) and ...
Aum ॐ is considered as the Bramha Naad the first naad or sound made after the creation this was considered to be made out of the Big Bang Explosion (HiranyaGarbha(golden Cosmic Egg) Expanding).Scientifically you can think it as the CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background radation) left as traces after the Incident of Big Bang. As Aum is complete in itself and the ...
The soul does not have a gender like male, female etc. And, sexual needs are based on genders. So, needless to say, that the Soul can't be affected by sexual desires.
Here's a verse from the Upanishads:
Naiva stri Na PumAnesha Na ChaivAyam Napumsakaha |
[The Soul or Brahman or the Self] is neither female, nor male not even
a Kliva or ...
A snake is also very sensitive to certain energies. Shiva has the snake around his throat. It is not just symbolic. There is a whole lot of science behind it. There are 114 chakras in the energy body. Out of these 114, people are usually talking about the seven fundamental chakras in the system. Among these seven fundamental ones, the vishuddhi chakra is ...
'Shiva' denotes the nature of the self or the transcendental aspect. It represents Turiya which is beyond three Gunas of nature ie. Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
30th verse of Shiva Mahimna Stotra composed by Pushpadanta states:
बहुल-रजसे विश्वोत्पत्तौ भवाय नमो नमः
प्रबल-तमसे तत् संहारे हराय नमो नमः।
जन-सुखकृते सत्त्वोद्रिक्तौ मृडाय नमो नमः
Meaning of Swastika
Swastika (स्वस्तिक) = Su (सु) + Asti (अस्ति) + Ka(क)
Su(सु) means Shubh(शुभ) i.e auspicious or welfare
Asti(अस्ति) means be/happen or exist. It stand for power or existence.
Ka(क) stands for doer or performer i.e Karta(कर्ता)
So, Swasti means Be Auspicious or Be Welfare
and Swastika means Auspicious/Welfare Doer
Swastika is ...
As per Mahabharata, Krishna had a total of 16108 wives, of which eight
were his principle wives and they are Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravrinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshana.
The other 16100 were rescued from
Narakasura, where they had been forcibly kept. These women were in
disgrace because they had lived with the demon king and ...
Indrajala has been used in various scriptures. It has various meanings as given by OP in question. It is also a name of weapon used by Arjuna as given in Mahabharata:
Mahabharata, Book 3, SECTION CCXLIII
sthūṇākarṇendrajālaṃ ca sauraṃ cāpi tathārjunaḥ / (17.1)
āgneyaṃ cāpi saumyaṃ ca sasarja kurunandanaḥ // (17.2)
Then Arjuna of the Kuru race ...
The blue (Nila) and red (Lohita) colour represent Purusha and Prakriti. Since both Prakriti and Purusha merge in him, he is called NilaLohita. Linga Purana 2.18 states it as:
नीलश्च लोहितश्चैव प्रधानपुरुषान्वयात् ।
स्कंदस्ते यतः शुक्ल तथा शुक्लमपैति च ।।
He is of both Blue and Red colour since both Pradhana and Purusha merge in him. Since the semen ...
Story of Skanda acquiring peacock and cock and flag with rooster is described in Chapter 10 Section 3 Upoghaatapaada of Brahmanda Purana.
Lord Vishnu gave Skanda Peacock and cock to play (as a part of daily sports) and Vayudeva gave Him a flag with emblem of cock.
Since that ancient lord, the slayer of the Asuras, was (breast-fed and) nurtured by ...
It takes 12 years for Guru (Bruhaspati, Guru of Devas) aka Jupiter to complete its 1 year (one revolution around sun).
According to Srimad Bhagvatam 5.22.15:
Situated 1,600,000 miles above Mars, or 10,400,000 miles above earth, is the planet Jupiter, which travels through one sign of the zodiac within the period of a Parivatsara. If its movement is not ...
Are the carnal desires being needed by the body or the soul?
No Clearly carnal desires are not needed by soul , nor it is attached by it. It's also said in our Upanishads that he (soul) is pure one, without a (subtle) body, without blemish, without muscles (a gross body) . Himself devoid of senses, He shines through the functions of the senses. But three ...
The Mangal-sutra can be a symbol of monogamous human pair-binding.
Early Hindu society was a matriarchy where children were referred using their mother's name. For example, son of Radhya was called Radheya, son of Krithika was called Karthikeya. This was because, in many cases polygamy was prevalent and a women didn't really know who the father of the child ...
As per Shrimad Bhagavatam after killing Narakasura Krishna saw sixteen thousand maidens who were kidnapped and imprisoned by Narakasura:
tatra rājanya-kanyānāṁ ṣaṭ-sahasrādhikāyutam
bhaumāhṛtānāṁ vikramya rājabhyo dadṛśe hariḥ [SB - 10.59.33]
Once Nārada out of the curiosity "How with a single body Krishna married sixteen thousand maidens ...
The water on Head of God Shiva is River Ganga. It is said that King Bhageeratha did Tapasya to give peace to his 60,000 ancestors who were made to ashes by an angry saint (Kapil).
Being happy with the Tapasya of Bhageeratha, God Brahma called Ganga from the sky to land on the Planet earth where the ashes of Bhageeratha ancestors were.
Since the force of ...
Its a bit hard to understand the exact term shiva for us ! in sanskrit shiva means "the one who dosent exist". Or who is not physical or bounded.
Shih vah the pronunciation means becoming null or the term black hole is what has been till date invented to describe shiva. In universe what u can see and touch and reason is created but the space between them or ...
Definition of Shiva is directly given in chapter 4 of Shiv Rahasya while Lord Shiva explaining himself.
I am Shiva, the Stillness (Shi) Whereof all Movement (Va) is born. As Water, Fire and the Sun at once move and are still, so I, the Great Life both Move and Stand Still. Verse 8.
Also, from the same scripture in chapter 7, we find.
Lord Shiva said: ...
Do birth marks tell something about the previous birth or reveal any other facts?
Yes they do Garuda Purana - Vol. one - Achar Kanda - Chapter -64,65 are about Samudrika science which gives us detail description of Birthmarks both on males as well as females.
Chapter 64 - समुद्रिकानुसारेण स्त्री-नर लक्ष णम् ( A brief discourse on the auspicious or ...
Hindus follow vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam (whole world is indeed one family) because that's broad minded thinking. It is a proverb that goes like below:
ayaṃ nijaḥ paro veti gaṇanā laghucetasām
udāracaritānāṃ tu vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam [Panchatantra - 5.3.38]
Considering "This person is ours (friend) and this person is not" is narrow minded ...
There is a detailed discussion in the Indian-American scholar Rajiv Malhotra's book, Indra's Net'. I am posting here an excerpt from Rajiv Malhotra's book:
The most common Sanskrit phrase quoted in this regard, often repeated
at popular gatherings, is vasudhaiva kutumbakam', which means, 'the
world is one family'. This assertion is recited as a ...
There are many stories related to "Shiva wearing snake as necklace".
Snakes are meant to be dangerous reptile and is feared by many of us. Lord Shiva show us that he controls fear and death by wearing snake as ornament.
It is also said that the snake three rounds around Lord Shiva's neck depicts future, present and past. That states that Lord Shiva is ...