Shiva Maha Purana by J.L. Shastri
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Shiv Puran is one of the Puranas and has important place in Hindu religion. It depicts various avatars that lord Shiva took and roles that he played for the betterment of the society.
The Shiva Purana also known as shiv puran is an ancient religious text that is devoted to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva. The puran is originally thought to have consisted of 1, 00,000 verses spread over 12 chapters. However, the existing text, after abridgement from Sage Vedavyasa, consists of 24,000 verses only. It is said that Vedavyasa taught the verses to his disciple Lomaharshana (also known as Romaharshana) who later recited it to sages that wanted to expand their knowledge of Lord Shiva. Read More and Buy Book

CONTENTS

PART I

Page
Introduction xi-xviii
THE GLORY OF SIVAPURANA
1. Greatness of Sivapurana 1
2. Liberation of Devaraja 6
3. Cancula’s disillusion and detachment 9
4. Cancula’s salvation 14
5. Binduga’s salvation 18
6. Rules for listening to Sivapurana 24
7. Injunctions and prohibitions 29
SIVAPURANA: VIDYESVARA SAMHITA
1. Doubt of the sages 34
2. Answers to the doubts 38
3. Achievable and the means of achievement 44
4. Excellence of listening and deliberation 46
5. Greatness of the phallic emblem of Siva 49
6. Battle between Brahma and Visnu 52
7. Siva manifests himself as a column of fire in the battlefield 54
8. Siva’s forgiveness of Brahma 57
9. Proclamation of Siva as the great lord 60
10. Fivefold activities and the Omkara-mantra 64
11. Mode of worshipping the phallic form of Siva and making gifts 67
12. The narrative of Siva’s holy centres and temples 73
13. Description of good conduct 78
14. Description of fire- sacrifice 87
15. Qualification, time and place for Devayajna 91
16. Modes of worship of clay idols and their results 96
17. The syllable Om and the five-syllabled mantra 106
18. Bondage and liberation: The glorification of the phallic emblem of Siva 118
19. Glorification of the worship of Siva’s Earthen phallic image 131
20. Mode of worshipping an earthen phallic image by changing Vedic mantras 135
21. Number of phallic images of Siva used in worship 142
22. On the partaking of the Naivedya of Siva and the greatness of Bilva 146
23. Glorification of Rudraksa and the names of Siva 150
24. Greatness of the holy ashes 154
25. Greatness of Rudraksa 163
RUDRA-SAMHITA SECTION I: CREATION
1. Inquiry of the sages 172
2. Indra sends Kamadeva to disturb the penance of Narada 175
3. Narada attends the Svayamvara of the virgin 180
4. Narada goes to Vaikuntha and curses Visnu 185
5. Narada goes to Kasi 191
6. Description of the nature of the Mahapralaya and the origin of Visnu 194
7. Dispute between Brahma and Visnu 199
8. Description of the body of Sabdabrahman 205
9. Description of Sivatattva 209
10. Description of supreme Sivatattva 214
11. Mode of worshipping Siva 217
12. The essential and the non-essential in the worship 224
13. Mode of worshipping Siva 231
14. Direction for the worship of Siva 237
15. Manifestation of Rudra 244
16. Description of the creation 250
17. Story of Gunanidhi 255
18. Redemption of Gunanidhi 260
19. Friendship of Siva and Kubera 266
20. Siva goes to Kailasa 269
RUDRA-SAMHITA SECTION II: NARRATIVE
1. Summary of Sati’s life 274
2. Appearance of Kama 278
3. Kama is first cursed and then blessed 282
4. Kama’s marriage 288
5. Story of Sandhya 291
6. Sandhya granted a boon by Siva 296
7. Sandhya alias Arundhati marries Vasistha 302
8. Description of the form and features of Vasanta 304
9. The power of Kama and the birth of his attendants 309
10. Brahma- Visnu dialogue 314
11. Hymn to Durga. Brahma granted a boon 319
12. Daksa granted a boon 324
13. Narada is cursed by Daksa 328
14. Birth of Sati and her childish sports 331
15. Sacred rites of Nanda and hymn to Siva 336
16. Prayer to Siva offered by Brahma and Visnu 342
17. Sati granted the boon 347
18. Marriage of Siva and Sati 353
19. Description of Siva’s sports 357
20. Shiva’s marriage festival 364
21. Dalliance of Sati and Siva on the Himalayas 369
22. Dalliance of Sati and Siva on the Himalayas 373
23. Description of the power of devotion 379
24. Sati’s test of Rama’s divinity 384
25. Separation of Sati and Siva 389
26. The cause of estrangement between Daksa and Siva 395
27. The inauguration of Daksa’s sacrifice 400
28. Sati’s journey 405
29. Sati’s statement 409
30. Sati’s casting-off of her body and the subsequent disorder. 415
31. The celestial voice 417
32. Birth of Virabhadra and Siva’s advice to him 420
33. March of Virabhadra 425
34. Devas see bad omens at Daksa’s sacrifice 428
35. Visnu’s statement 430
36. Dialogue between Visnu and Virabhadra 434
37. Destruction of Daksa’s sacrifice 440
38. Dialogue between Ksuva and Dadhica 445
39. The fight between Visnu and Dadhica 451
40. Journey to Kailasa and the vision of Siva 456
41. Devas eulogise Siva 460
42. The removal of Daksa’s misery 465
43. The Arrangement in Daksa’s sacrifice 469

 


PART II

RUDRESVARA SAMHITA: PARVATIKHANDA
SECTION III
Pages
1. Marriage of Himacala 475
2. Sanaka etc. curse Mena and her sisters 478
3. Gods praise Siva 482
4. Goddess Durga consoles the gods 485
5. Mena obtains the boon 489
6. Parvati’s birth 494
7. Childhood sports of Parvati 499
8. Narada-Himalaya Conversation 501
9. Parent’s advice to Parvati and Siva appears before Parvati in dream 506
10. Mars is born and raised to the status of a planet 510
11. Siva and Himavat meet together 512
12. Siva-Himavat dialogue 516
13. Siva-Parvati dialogue 520
14. Birth and Penance of Vajranga and Taraka 525
15. Penance and reign of Taraka 528
16. Brahma consoles the Gods harassed by Taraka 533
17. Dialogue between Indra and Kama 537
18. Kama causes perturbation in Siva’s grove 540
19. Kama’s destruction by Siva 544
20. The submarine fire 548
21. Narada’s instructions to Parvati 550
22. Parvati’s penance 554
23. Himavat dissuades Parvati, gods go to meet Siva 560
24. Siva’s consent to marry Parvati 564
25. Parvati’s test by seven celestial sages 571
26. Parvati-jatila dialogue 578
27. Fraudulent words of Brahmacarin 582
28. Parvati sees Siva 585
29. Siva-Parvati dialogue 589
30. Parvati returns home 593
31. Siva’s magic 597
32. Seven celestial sages arrive 602
33. Appeasement of Himavat 607
34. Anaranya 613
35. Padma and Pippalada 617
36. Speeches of seven sages 623
37. Letter of betrothal despatched; arrangement for the celebration of marriage; arrival of the mountain-invitees 626
38. Description of the dais 631
39. Arrival of the goods and Siva’s preparations 634
40. Marriage procession of Siva 639
41. Description of the altal-structure 643
42. Meeting of Siva and Himavat 648
43. Siva’s wonderful sport 650
44. Mena regains consciousness 656
45. Jubilation of the citizens at the sight of Siva 664
46. Arrival of the bridegroom 668
47. Siva enters the palace of Himavat 671
48. Description of Marriage 675
49. Delusion of Brahma 680
50. Description of fun and frolic 685
51. Resuscitation of Kama 690
52. Marriage party is fed and Siva retires to bed 694
53. Description of Siva’s return journey 697
54. Siva returns to Kailasa 706
RUDRASAMHITA KUMARAKHANDA
SECTION IV
1. Dalliance of Siva 711
2. Birth of Siva’s son 716
3. Boyhood sports of Karttikeya 722
4. Search for Karttikeya and his talk with Nandin 726
5. Karttikeya is crowned 732
6. Miraculous Feat of Karttikeya 738
7. Commencement of the war 741
8. Battle between the gods and asuras 745
9. Taraka’s fight with Indra, Visnu and Virabhadra 749
10. Death of Taraka and Jubilation of the gods 754
11. Victory of Kumara and the death of Bana and Pralamba 758
12. Gods eulogise Siva 761
13. Birth of Ganesa 765
14. Ganas argue and wrangle 769
15. Ganesa’s battle 775
16. Ganesa’s head is chopped off 780
17. Resuscitation of Ganesa 783
18. Ganesa’s crowned as the chief of Ganas 788
19. Ganesa’s marriage 793
20. Celebration of Ganesa’s marriage 798
RUDRASAMHITA: YUDDHAKHANDA
SECTION V
1. Description of the Tripuras 802
2. Prayer of the gods 809
3. Virtues of the Tripuras 815
4. Tripuras are initiated 820
5. Tripuras are fascinated 826
6. Prayer to Siva 831
7. Gods pray to Siva and Siva’s instructions to the gods 836
8. Construction of the cosmic chariot 840
9. Siva’s campaign 843
10. Burning of the Tripuras 846
11. God’s prayer 850
12. Gods return to their abodes 854
13. Resuscitation of Indra 858
14. Birth of Jalandhara and his marriage 863
15. Fight between the gods and Jalandhara 866
16. Battle of the gods 873
17. Fight between Visnu and Jalandhara 877
18. Dialogue between Narada and Jalandhara 881
19. Jalandhara’s emissary to Siva 886
20. Fight between Ganas and Asuras 891
21. Description of the special war 896
22. Jalandhara’s battle 900
23. Outraging the modesty of Vrnda 904
24. Jalandhara is slain 909
25. God’s prayer to Siva 914
26. Vanishing of Visnu’s delusion 917
27. Birth of Sankhacuda 923
28. Penance and marriage of Sankhacuda 926
29. Previous birth of Sankhacuda 930
30. Prayers to Siva 935
31. Siva’s advice to the gods 938
32. Siva sends emissary to Sankhacuda 943
33. March of Siva 946
34. March of Sankhacuda 950
35. Dialogue between Siva and the emissary of Sankhacuda 953
36. Mutual fight 957
37. Fight of Kali 960
38. Fight of Kali 963
39. Annihilation of the army of Sankhacuda 966
40. Death of Sankhacuda 970
41. Curse of Tulasi 973
42. Death of Hiranyaksa 978
43. Death of Hiranyakasipu 984
44. Andhaka attains the leadership of Ganas 989
45. Andhaka sends his emissary to Siva 997
46. Andhaka’s fight with Siva 1002
47. Swallowing of Sukra 1007
48. Swallowing of Sukra and his emergence 1012
49. Andhaka obtains the leadership of Ganas 1016
50. Sukra learns Mrtasanjivani lore 1021
51. Narrative of Usa 1026
52. Narrative of Usa (continued) 1031
53. Dalliance of Usa and Aniruddha 1036