Shivagni, Śivāgni, Shiva-agni: 2 definitions

Introduction

Shivagni means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śivāgni can be transliterated into English as Sivagni or Shivagni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sivāgni (सिवाग्नि) refers to the “Śiva fire”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.18. Accordingly, “[...] all non-ritualists shall worship the subtle Liṅga. In the place of floral offerings they shall use sacred ashes (bhasma) for adoration and food. They shall keep the Liṅga after worship on their head for ever. The ash is of three types, derived from Ordinary fire, Vedic fire and Śiva fire (śivāgni). [...] Bilva twigs shall be burnt repeating the Ātma mantra of Aghora. This fire is called Sivāgni. The ashes resulting therefrom are called Śivāgnija. The dung of a cow, preferably of Kapilā cow, shall be burnt first and then the twigs of Śamī, Aśvattha, Palāsa, Vaṭa, Āragvādha or Bilva shall be burnt. The ash resulting therefrom is also Śivāgnija. Or the twigs shall be burnt in Darbha fire repeating Śiva mantra. After straining the ashes with cloth (the fire powder) shall be put in a new pot”.

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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)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Śivāgni (शिवाग्नि) refers to the “fire in the kuṇḍa” as described in the Śaivāgamas while explaining the “continuity of nityapūjā”.—The fire in the kuṇḍa is śivāgni, which also called śaiva and is to be used in all temple worship. Also, śivāgni will not give results if the kuṇḍasaṃskāra is not performed. Using aśaivāgni or fire that is not śaivāgni, causes disease in the kingdom. If the rakṣāgni goes out, the Yajamāna’s life is in peril and the Ācārya must perform the japa prescribed as prāyaścitta.

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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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