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Shiva Purana is one of the most sacred scriptures of ancient literature written by Saint Veda Vyasa. The book glorifies the essence of pure love and devotion to Almighty Lord Shiva, in order to attain salvation or redemption from sins. The book is a harmonious endeavour made by the entire team.

It is hoped that this book will add to the people's knowledge and do them the greatest service all over the world.


This book is an unfathomable ocean of wisdom. The Shiva Purana leads all its devoted readers towards the path of self realization of the supreme deliverance from the wordly bondage. Its glory is infinite. The devoted readers of the Shiva Purana attain perfect bliss, purity of mind and ultimate union or symbiosis' with God.

The book glorifies the significance of Jyotirlinga and traces the outstanding events and marvelous miracles performed by the incarnation of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

We are presenting the Shiva Purana in a very simple and elegant style for the knowledge of the readers. The beauty of the book has been enhanced by lively picture stories to clarify the theme of Shiva Purana effectively and also leave an everlasting impression on the minds of our readers.


What is a Purana?

The most ancient piece of Divine literature produced by the creator Brahma himself for the first time came to be known as the Purana. It contained a hundred crore of verse (Shlokas). This vast and comprehensive single Purana exists in the abode of gods (Deva Loka) even to-day.

The great Sage Krishna Dvaipayana Veda Vyasa out of compassion for the suffering humanity on this earth reduced this huge Purana of 100 crore shlokas to only four lakh Shlokas. This Purana was further divided into eighteen volumes known as the eighteen Puranas. Their names are as under:

1. The Brahman Purana
2. The Padma Purana
3. The Vishnu Purana
4. The Shiva Purana
5. The Bhagavata Purana
6. The Bhavishya Purana
7. The Narada Purana
8. The Markandeya Purana
9. The Agni Purana
10. The Brahmanaiarta Purana
11. The Linga Purana
12. The Varaha Purana
13. The Skanda Purana
14. The Vamana Purana
15. The Kurma Purana
16. The Matsya Purana
17. The Garuda Purana
18. The Brahmanda Purana

It proves the dictum, "One in the many and many in the one." The Kathopanishada declares, "Truth is one but the sages call it by different names."

It is called 'Purana' as it is so old and ancient and continues to live even to-day. It has been breathing since times immemorial and exhaling the Eternal Truth. This eternal flow of knowledge is ever new and invigorating as the sacred waters of the Ganga.

The Puranas are, in fact, the explanations of the Vedas which are very difficult to comprehend as they have been written in a very terse style. It has been said, "Purnaat Puranam." It means that which complements the Vedas is Purana. So, the Puranas are a commentary on the Vedas. They are a set of explanatory notes on the difficult dictums and principles enshrined in the Vedas. He who is interested in understanding the Vedic lore should first seek refuge in the Purana as the Vedic philosophy has been expounded in them in a practical way for the benefit of devotees and readers.

Howsoever old and ancient the Puranas might be, they are ever new and relevant as they are the store-house of ancient wisdom and an encyclopaedia of various branches of knowledge. They enshrine ancient religion, philosophy, history, sociology, politics and many other subjects. They describe the original creation of the universe (Sarga), the periodical process of destruction and re-creation (Pratisarga), the various eras (Manvantaras), the histories of the Solar Dynasty (Surya Vansha) and the Lunar Dynasty (Chandra Vansha) and royal genealogies (Vamshaanucharita). They represent the different phases and aspects of the life of diverse ages. They are the lighthouse that illumines Vedic civilization and Sanatana Dharma. They also throw light on the view and way of life.

So far as the Shiva Purana is concerned, it eulogises the glory and greatness of Lord Shiva who is self-born and is the Eternal principle, the supreme God the cosmic soul and the support of the whole existence. It stands alone among all the Puranas. It describes the ritual and philosophical principles of Shiva cult. It embodies descriptions, sermons and dissertations on the greatness of Lord Shiva. It recounts his emblems, attributes, exploits and different Incarnations. It narrates legends on the origin and importance of Lord Shiva's phallic image and how its worship confers prosperity and salvation on devotees. Thus the Shiva Purana is a sacred treatise on Lord Shiva's legends and rituals.

Hot to attain Shiva-Tattva or God-Realization

Lord Shiva is the God of love. His grace is boundless. He is the Saviour and Guru. He is the beloved of Uma. He is the supreme light that shines in everybody's heart. Meditate upon his form. Hear his miraculous stories. Repeat his mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya'. Study the Shiva Purana with great devotion and concentration. Do his worship daily. Behold him in all names and forms. He shall bless you with his vision.

Human birth is the greatest gift that Lord Shiva has bestowed on you so that you may merge with him just as a drop of water merges with the ocean to become the ocean itself. When the individual soul (Jiva) merges with the cosmic Soul (Lord Shiva), it becomes Lord Shiva itself. It is called self-realization or God-realization or attainment of Shiva-Tattva. If you are eager to have the vision of Lord Shiva within your own bosom, sing aloud the following Sanskrit verses in adoration of Lord Shiva for five minutes daily. Sing them with understanding and love. You shall be nearer to Lord Shiva day by day. A sense of immortality and eternal bliss shall dawn upon you.

Table of Contents

The Significance of the sacred Shiva Purana 9
1 The Sinful Brahmin
2 Story of Chanchula
3 Vidunga' Salvation
The Vidyeshvara compendium 14
The Rudra Compendium (Creation episode) 15
1 Narada's delusion
2 Glory of Lord Shiva
3 Glory of the Shiva-Linga
4 Mode of worshipping Lord Shiva
5 The act of creation
6 The story of Kubera
7 The genesis of creation
The Rudra compendium (sati episode) 33
1 Story of Sandhya
2 Sandhya gets the Name Arundhati and Marries Vasishtha.
3 Penance by Daksha and His acquiring boon from Goddess Uma
4 Narada is cursed.
5 The birth of Sati and Her Childish sports
6 Lord Shiva Marries Sati.
7 Daksha curse lord Shiva
8 Sage Dadhichi curses Vishnu.
9 Resurrection of Daksha
The Rudra compendium (Parvati Episode) 54
1 Goddess Parvati is Born.
2 Lord Shiva's rage reduces cupid (Kaamadeva) to ashes.
3 Fire of fury of Lord Shiva
4 The seven celestial sages test Parvati.
5 Lord Shiva tests Parvati.
6 Lord Shiva's marriage procession
7 Lord Shiva's comely form
8 Resurrection of cupid (Kaamadeva)
9 Tarakasura is killed.
10 The birth of Ganesha
11 Ganesha Marries.
12 Brahma confers booms on demons tripuras
13 The story of demon Shankhachuda
14 Andhakasura is born.
15 The arrogant Banasura
The Shatarudra compendium 94
16 Lord shiva's Half-male and Half-female form (Ardhanarishvara)
17 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Nandishvara
18 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Grihpati
19 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Hanuman
20 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Achaleshvara Mahadeva
21 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Avadhuteshvara
22 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Krishnadarshvara
23 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Bhiksuvarya
24 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Kiraata
The Kotirudra Compendium 109
25 Atrishvara Mahadeva
26 Nandikeshvara Mahadeva
27 The origin of Jyotirlinga Somanaatha
28 Mahakaaleshvara Jyotirlinga
29 The story of Shrikara
30 Amleshvara Mahadeva
31 The greatness of the Jyotirlinga Kedareshvara Mahadeva
32 The greatness of the Jyotirlinga Bhimeshvara Mahadeva
33 The greatness of the Jyotirlinga Vishveshvara Mahadeva
35 The glory of the Jyotirlinga Vaidynatha Mahadeva
36 The greatness of the Jyotirlinga Nageshvara Mahadeva
37 The glory of the Jyotirlinga Rameshvara Mahadeva
38 The greatness of the Jyotirlinga Ghushmeshvara Mahadeva
The Uma compendium 135
39 Boons bestowed on Krishna
40 Journey to the abode of the Death-god by sinners and the Righteous
41 Death and the conquest of death
42 The diverse manifestations of Goddess Uma
43 The incarnation of Durga
The Kailasha Compendium 142
44 What does 'Om' signify?
The Vayaviya Compendium 143
45 Lord Shiva is the only supreme God.
46 Brahma adores the Half-male and Half-female form of Lord Shiva.
47 Lord Shiva curses Brahma.
48 Importance of Shiva Ratri fast
49 The third eye of Lord Shiva
50 Gift of Sudarshana Chakra to Vishnu
51 The most eadily pleased lord Shiva as 'Ashutosha'
52 Boons are conferred on Upamanyu.
53 Kaushikee is Born.
54 Bhairava form of Lord Shiva
55 The omnipotent lord Shiva
56 Five paces of Lord Shiva
57 Shukracharya is Born of Lord Shiva.
58 Mahamrityunjaya Mantra of Lord Shiva
59 The greatness of the rudraksha beads
60 Wonderful sport of Lord Shiva
61 Birth of Lord Shiva as a human being
62 Bhairva is cursed.
63 The incarnation of Lord Shiva as Yaksha
64 Lord Shiva and his devotee Pippalaada
65 Greatness of Kandukeshvara
66 The eight forms of Lord Shiva
67 The twelve Jyotirlingas
1. Somanaatha Jyotirlinga
2. Mahaakaaleshvara Jyotirlinga
3. Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga
4. Bhimeshvara Jyotirlinga
5. Vishveshvara Jyotirlinga
6. Rmeshvara Jyotirlinga
7. Ghushmeshvara Jyotirlinga
8. Nageshvara Jyotirlinga
9. Tryambakeshvara Jyotilinga
10 Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga
11. Parmeshvara Jyotirlinga
12. Mallikaarjuna Jyotirlinga
Religious significance of Jyotirlingas


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