Ramachander Manikka Vasagar was one of the four great Nayanmars saivite saints of Tamil Nadu , who was a great poet as well as great contributor to the SAivite philosophy. His collection of works is called Thiruvachakam. The first prayer in THiruvasagam is the Shiva Puranam. It was composed in a Shiva temple called Thiruperum thurai Unlike suggested by the name it is not the epic dealing with the stories of Shiva. According to the philosophy of Saivism , the jeeva is prevented from the realization of God by three impurities Anava pride , Karma , and Maya and only approach to Shiva can remove these impurities.
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Sutji then described about Shiv Mahapuran - the supreme of all the puranas, which was narrated by Lord Shiva himself and which was later on retold by Sage Vyas with the permission of Maharshi Sanatkumar, for the benediction of common man. Contemplating on the subject matters of Shivmahapuran give auspicious fruits just like a 'Kalpa-taru' A mythological tree which fulfills all the wishes.
Shiv Mahapuran contains twenty-four thousand shlokas and seven. Shivmahapuran is the best means for man's liberation. Sutji replied-.
After that, friends and relatives should be invited, especially those who have the tendency of being away from such occasions. The sages and the virtuous people should be invited too. The 'Katha' must be help in scared places like Shiva temple, any place of pilgrimage or in one's home after doing a Bhumi Pujan of the land Where one intends to held the Katha of Shiv Puran. The canopy should be well decorated. The person who is telling the 'Katha' should be facing north and all the listeners should sit facing east.
The person who is telling the 'Katha' should be a scholar and should be capable of clearing all the doubts from the listener's mind. There should be no kind of distraction during the 'Katha' period. A devotee, who listens to the Katha leaving behind all of his worldlys worries get complete benefits.
A devotee should also make donations and offerings according to his capacity and capability otherwise he would become a wretched man. An uninitiated person does not have the right to listen to the Katha of Shivmahapuran. So a man desirous of listening to Shivmahapuran should first get initiated. A devotee who has taken the vow of listening to the Katha of Shivmahapuran, should follow a celibate life. He should sleep on the floor and should have only fruits in the diet.
He can have his normal dinner only after the completion of the Katha. The diet should be fresh and pure. He should also try to avoid sinful tendencies like lust, anger, greed, attachment and condemning other, etc. Making donations of even meager things give undiminishing virtues. The devotee should also Charitably make donations to all the brahmins who have helped in the performance of Katha.
If the devotee listener of the Katha is a householders, then he should perform 'Havan' with the ghee prepared from Cow's milk, for the pacification of the unhindered completion of the Katha. The Havan should be performed, either with the help of 'Rudra Samhita mantras' or 'Gayatri Mantra' or with the shlokas of Puran. This Purana consists of the following 7 Chapters:. Viddyeshwar Samhita which is classified into twenty five chapters, has a narration in its first chapter which goes as follows-.
Once upon a time, the sages were performing a yagya at Prayag kshetra. Sage Sutji came to know about this and arrived there. All the sages were very pleased to see him. They requested Though we have heard many tales from you regarding the man's benediction, but today we want to listen to something special.
Because in this present era of Kali, when all the castes have forgotten about their respective duties we want to know is there any way to prevent the deterioration in the human values? Your enquiry has great relevance in this era of Kali. I will certainly tell you about the way by the help of which a man can achieve benediction. Shivmahapuran contains the essence of Vedantic philosophy, which gives worldly pleasures as well as Salvation.
Mere remembrance of it destroys all the sins of a man. One who studies the Rudra-Samhita attentively, his gravest of sins are destroyed instantaneously. One who studies Rudra-Samhita' silently, sitting in front of Bhairav-idol, all of his aspirations are fulfilled. A man gets liberated from the sin of killing a brahmin, if he studies Rudra Samhita while circulbulating around a Banyan tree. Shivmahapuran is created by lord Shiva Himself. The present ShivPuran is the fourth one which consists of seven Samhitas.
The earlier three Shivpuranas are unavailable. The scientific analysis of the Vedantic mysteries are the main subject of this divine Shivpuran. Sutji continued with his narration Six prominent sages collected near Triveni and started debating as to who was the greatest deity, among Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh.
Their debate remained inconclusive, so they went to lord Brahma to seek the answer. The source of Vishnu, Rudra all the deities including myself and all the other creations is none other Mahadeo. Union with the Shiva should be the objective of a man to attain that objective. Listening to the qualities of Lord Shiva, singing devotional songs in his praise and contemplating on him are the greatest means, which help to unite with Shiva.
Purification of the mind by the help of doing worship and chanting the name of God is called contemplation. Singing devotional songs in the form of stotra, or hymns of the vedas or even in one's own language is called Kirtan.
The above mentioned three activities are the supreme means to attain liberation. According to Sutji, if a person is incapable of following the above mentioned three activities i. Shravan, Kirtan and Manan then he should worship the Shivalinga. Even by doing this he can attain liberation from all the bondages of the world. Shivalinga is worshipped since it symbolizes the form of Shiva. Lord Shiva manifested before arrogance. After that he also showed them his form in the shape of Shivalinga.
From that day onwards the Shivalinga became famous. Nandikeshwarji narrates the tale of battle between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
He saw Lord Vishnu. He saw lord Vishnu resting on Shesh-Nag and being attended by Garuda and other attendants. When Brahmaji saw that Vishnu did not get up to receive him, he became very angry.
Very soon, Verbal dual erupted between them. It became so severe that a battle was fought between them, which continued for very long time. All the deities arrived from the heaven to watch the battle. They became very worried when they saw no sign of battle coming to an end. They decided to go to lord Shiva, to seek his help. The deities told him about the battle, fought between Brahmaji and Vishnuji. He too went there accompanied by mother Parvati, boarded on a chariot.
When Lord Shiva reached there, he saw that Brahmaji and Vishnuji were about to use their deadly weapons- Maheshwar and Pashupat respectively. Fearing the destruction, which these deadly weapons might have caused, Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of 'Analstamba' pillar of fire between them. Brahmaji and Vishnuji had already released their weapons- Maheshwar and Pashupat. Both the weapons fell into that pillar of fire and got destroyed. Vishnuji transformed himself into a boar and went to the 'Patal' nether world to find the base of that 'Pillar of fire'.
But he was unsuccessful in his attempt and came back. Similarly Brahmaji transformed himself into a swan and flew up in the sky to find its limit. While going through the aerial route he met a withered 'Ketaki' flowers, which had still some freshness and fragrance left in it.
As a result of his smile the Ketaki flower fell down from the branch. Ketaki flower told Brahmaji that he had been present there since the beginning of the creation, but was unable to know about the origin of that 'Pillar of fine'. The flower also advised Brahmaji against making any effort in that direction, as it would be of no use. Ketaki flower agreed. Both of them went to Vishnuji and Brahmaji told him that he had seen the limit of that Pillar of fire.
Ketaki flower gave a witness. Vishnuji accepted the superiority of Brahmaji. He proceeded to punish Brahmaji for his falsehood. Lord Vishnu requested Lord Shiva to spare the life of Brahmaji.
Lord Shiva became pleased with Vishnuji and accorded him the same status as Hat of his own. Nandikeshwar continuing with the tale said:. He ordered Bhairav to kill Brahmaji. Bhairav severed the fifth head of Lord Brahma with his sword. Brahmaji became very terrified. He was trembling in fear. Lord Vishnu felt pity on his condition and requested Lord Shiva to forgive him. Lord Shiva then stopped Bhairav, but told Brahma. It is my curse that, you will not be worshipped by anybody.
You will posses only four heads. Brahmaji begged his forgiveness.
The Shiva Purana
Explore Now. Sadhguru explains how the Shiva Purana includes many aspects of fundamental science in its text, as well as a powerful tool to transcend limitations. Question: Sadhguru, you place great importance on Shiva. Why do you not talk so much about other Masters, like Masters of Zen for example? Sadhguru: This vast emptiness that we refer to as Shiva is a boundless non-entity — eternal and always.
Summary : The English translation of the Shiva Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas. Contents include cosmology, mythology, yoga, description of sacred places tirtha , geography, etc. The text is an important source for Shaivism and some of the oldest surviving content deals with Advaita-Vedanta philosophy and theistic Bhakti devotion. This edition of the Shiva Purana is based upon the manuscript which contains seven sections samhita and a total of chapters adhyaya. However, the Purana itself asserts to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 12 samhitas and , Sanskrit verses sloka.
Shiva Puranam (Tamil)
The Shiva Purana is one of the eighteen major Purana genre of Sanskrit texts in Hinduism , and part of the Shaivism literature corpus. The Shiva Purana asserts that it once consisted of , verses set out in twelve samhitas books. It was written by Romaharshana, a disciple of Vyasa belonging to Suta class. The Shiva Purana contains chapters with cosmology , mythology , relationship between gods, ethics, Yoga , Tirtha pilgrimage sites, bhakti, rivers and geography, and other topics. Scholars such as Klostermaier as well as Hazra estimate that the oldest chapters in the surviving manuscript were likely composed around the 2nd to 1st centuries BCE, which has not stood the test of carbon dating technology hence on that part we must rely on the text itself which tells when it was composed. Hazra states that the Bombay manuscript published in the 19th-century is rarer, and likely the older than other versions published from eastern and southern India. A pathologist diagnoses correctly, and cures illness through medicines.