The original Shiva purana is said to have had one lakh verses spread over twelve samhitas or books. The sage Vyasa condensed it to 24,000 verses in seven samhitas. They are:
This purana is a comprehensive work dealing with many aspects of religion and philosophy connected with Siva.
Q1. What happens when you
read Shiv Purana?
The Siva Purana
is the most sacred and the bhakta who reads it with utmost devotion will gain
both, material and spiritual pleasure –
· A man ceases to exist as a mere man. Instead, he
becomes Rudra, a manifestation of Shiva.
· Just by reading it, a man gains the merit of
Rajasuya Yagna and 100 Agnistomas.
· The one who listens to it will not suffer from any
unfortunate event or mishap.
· He will be unaffected by worldly desires, who reads
Siva Purana. He will escape the cycle of Karma and will attain salvation and go
to Lord Shiva's Loka.
· All the desires of the man are fulfilled.
Q2. How many books are there
in Shiv Purana?
The original Shiva Purana comprised twelve Samhitas
(Books), which included five lost Samhitas: Vainayaka, Matrpurana,
Rudraikadasa, Sahasrakotirudra, and Dharmapurana Samhita. The numbers of verses
in these Samhitas were as follows
Divyesh Vara - 10,000, Rudra - 8,000, Vinayaka -
8,000, Uma - 8,000, Matri - 8,000, Rudraikadasha - 13,000, Kailasa - 6,000, Shata
Rudra - 3,000, Sahasra Koti Rudra - 11,000, Koti Rudra - 9,000, Vayavya - 4,000, Dharma - 12,000
Several other Samhitas are also ascribed to the
Shiva Purana. These are the Isana, the Isvara, the Surya, the Tirthaksetramahatmya
Samhita, and the Manavi Samhita.
Q3. How many pages are Shiv
Shiv Purana primarily revolves around the Hindu God
Shiva – Goddess Parvati but reveres all the Hindu gods. It asserts to once consist
of 100,000 verses in twelve Samhitas but was abridged by Sage Ved Vyasa before
being taught to Romaharshana.
Puran published by Gita Press in Hindi, Author - Hanuman prasad poddar, Number
of Pages – 852
Puran (शिव पुराण) (Hindi)
by Dr. Vineh, Number of pages: 136
शिव पुराण: The Shiva Purana in Hindi, Publisher: Manoj Publications,
Delhi, Pages: 768
शिव महापुराण - Shiva Mahapurana in Simple
written by Ram Lagan Pandey, Pages: 904, Publisher: Shree Thakur Prasad Pustak
Q4. What is the difference
between Shiv Purana and Maha Shiv Purana?
There is no difference between Shiva Purana and Maha Shiva
Purana, they both are the same. Maha means great, and here Maha Shiv purana
means Great Shiv Purana. In my perspective, every Purana written by Veda Vyasa,
who is himself an ansh (form) of God Vishnu, is great.
So we are fortunate to have Shiva Maha Purana, Maha Vishnu
Purana, and etc. 18 puranas compiled and authored by Maharishi Ved Vyas in
Sanskrit. The Shiv Mahapuran comprises 12 books or Samhitas, containing 100,000
verses. There is a mention of the glory and devotion of Lord Shiva- Parvati,
which leads to freedom from all sins and attains the supreme abode.
Q5. Should we read Shiv Purana?
Yes, of course! The Shiva Purana contains chapters
with Shiva-centered cosmology, mythology, and the relationship between Gods,
ethics, yoga, tirtha (pilgrimage) sites, bhakti, rivers, geography, and other
All personal and professional problems of a person
can be solved by the holy effect of reading Shiva Purana. Moreover, all sins
are washed away by reading this scripture, leading that person to the
attainment of salvation. Shiva Purana is the greatest book to know more and
more about the divine play of the Supreme Lord Shiva. Put complete faith in
Mahadeva and one can learn things that will dramatically improve his life. We
find various mantras recited by devotees.
Q6. Who originally wrote Shiv
Rishi expressed his desire to Maharishi Sutji about knowing the means to attain
lord Shiva in the KaliYuga. Sutji then described the supreme Purana - Shiv
Mahapuran. The original siva Puraṇa consisted of one lakh verses and was narrated by Mahadeva
himself: Lateron, The Shiva Purana was compiled, composed, and abridged by sage
Ved Vyas 5000 years ago in Sanskrit with the permission of Maharshi Sanatkumar,
for the benediction of the common man.
Shiva Purana is eternal, and knowledge is first given by the Great God Shiva to
Parvati. Shiv Mahapuran contains twenty-four thousand shlokas. The text is
an important source of historic information on the theology behind Shaivism.
Q7. How many rudras are
The Rig Veda
and the Yajur
Veda make the Rudras the gods of the middle world, situated between earth
and heaven as the wind-gods. They represent the breath of life. In the Brihadaranyaka
Upanishad, the eleven Rudras are represented by ten vital energies (prana)
in the body and the eleventh one being the Atman (the soul).
Pingal, Bheem, Virupaksha, Vilohit,
Shastra , Ajapaad, Ahirbudhnya , Shambhu, Chand, and Bhav. These 11
Rudra Avatars of Lord Shiva came into existence to protect divine beings and
were gifted in battle. Surya, Jal, Prithvi, Agni, Vayu, Akash, Dikshit, and
Soma are the places where Rudras stay.
Q8. How many types of Shiva
The Bhuteshwar: Bhooteshwara means that
one who has mastery over the pancha bhutas
The Kaleshwara: Kala means time. It is
the most powerful dimension of creation, which holds the whole universe
Shiva – Sarveshwara – Shambho
The Bholenath: the innocent or even the
The Nataraja: Nataraja,
Shiva as the Lord of Dance.
The Ardhanarishvara: half of him is a fully
The Kalabhairava: Kalabhairava is a deadly
form of Shiva – a mode of destroying time.
The Adiyogi: He is the first Yogi
from whom the yogic sciences originated.
The Tryambaka: referred to as Tryambaka
because he has a third eye.
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