Shivabhakta, aka: Shiva-bhakta, Śivabhakta; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śivabhakta can be transliterated into English as Sivabhakta or Shivabhakta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त) refers to a “devotee of Śiva”, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.17. Accordingly, “[...] at the end of every five hundred thousand Japas, the aspirant shall perform Mahābhiṣeka and Naivedya. He shall worship devotees of Śiva for gratifying Śiva. Śiva becomes delighted at the worship of the devotee (śivabhakta). There is no difference between Śiva and the devotee of Śiva. He is Śiva Himself. The mantra is of the nature of Śiva. By holding the mantra the physical body of the devotee becomes identified with Śiva. Devotees of Śiva (śivabhakta) know all the rites, nay all the Vedic rites. The more an aspirant repeats the mantra of Śiva, the greater is the presence of Śiva in his body. For the woman devotee of Śiva, the symbol of the goddess shall be the form for concentration”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त).—Eligible for Pārvaṇa Śrāddha.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 16. 9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त) refers to “all those who have bhāvanā, who know music and dance, play musical instruments, and understand nāṭyarasa”. Highest among them are those who know the science of dance, proficient in dancing and also in counting mātrā. They are called Nartaka, one of the Pañcācārya, representing members of the dance troupe employed in Śiva temples.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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