Shivaloka, aka: Śivaloka, Shiva-loka; 4 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Śivaloka can be transliterated into English as Sivaloka or Shivaloka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
1) Śivaloka (शिवलोक) is the name of a region, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.17. Accordingly, “[...] thus, gradually, attaining the region of Viṣṇu and those of other Gods as well as the prosperities of those regions, completing assiduously the repetitions to the tune of hundred and five crores of times, he attains Śivaloka outside the fifth sheath. There is a Silver platform (rājasa-maṇḍapa) there, an excellent river bed, and a bull in the form of penance”.
2) Śivaloka (शिवलोक) is the name of a Tīrtha (holy centre), according to Śivapurāṇa 1.25, while explaining the time of great dissolution (mahāpralaya):—“[...] that Brahman of the form of Kāla (Time) together with Śakti, simultaneouly created the holy centre called Śivaloka. The same is called Kāśikā, the excellent holy centre. It is the seat of salvation shining over and above everything. The holy centre is of the nature of extreme Bliss inasmuch as the primordial lovers, supremely Blissful, made that beautiful holy centre their perpetual abode”.Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
Śivaloka (शिवलोक).—(Śivamandiram) Brahmalokam: the kingdom sacred to Śiva; in distance a lac of yojanas from Brahmalokam; on the right was Vaikuṇṭha and on the left, Gaurīlokam; beyond was Dhruvalokam; here live Pāśupatas; there are also the Pārijatā and Kāmadhenu; Viśvakarmā built it in a dream, set with golden gems; lion gate-way with two gate-keepers dressed in Śiva garb; the Sabhā; Śiva with five faces and ten hands surrounded by the Bhairavas and the Rudras besides the Aṣṭamūrtis;1 attained by one who makes a gift of the Vāyu Purāṇam;2 for observance of Kṛṣṇāṣṭami;3 for bath in Ṛṣitīrtham.4
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 31. 34-9; Ch. 32 (whole); 34. 32; Vāyu-purāṇa 111. 54.
- 2) Matsya-purāṇa 53. 19.
- 3) Ib. 56. 11.
- 4) Ib. 92. 28; 191. 22; 192. 38.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Śivaloka (शिवलोक, “Śiva’s world”).—A king who donates a manuscript of a scripture of Śiva will dwell in the world of Śiva for as many thousands of aeons as there are syllables in that text. After rescuing [from the hells] ten ascendants and ten descendants in his patriline, and having established his parents and his chief wife in heaven, he will proceed to [the world of] Śiva with the women of his household as his retinue, together with all his officers and servants, through the power of his gift of knowledge; and [there] he will sport for time without end with innumerable splendid, delightful, and palatial aerial vehicles that will be provided with every object of desire. (see the Śivadharmottara 2.78-82)Source: ruthaavaree: Overview of Śaivāgamas in Temple Worship
Languages of India and abroad
Śivaloka (शिवलोक).—the world of Śiva.
Derivable forms: śivalokaḥ (शिवलोकः).
Śivaloka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiva and loka (लोक).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 52 - The bridegroom’s party is fed and Śiva retires to bed < [Section 2.3 - Rudra-saṃhitā (3): Pārvatī-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 18 - The Redemption of Guṇanidhi < [Section 2.1 - Rudra-saṃhitā (1): Sṛśṭi-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 29 - The previous birth of Śaṅkhacūḍa < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.3.67 < [Chapter 3 - Bhajana: Worship]
Verse 1.2.100 < [Chapter 2 - Divya: In Heaven]
Verse 1.2.85 < [Chapter 2 - Divya: In Heaven]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 6 - On the greatness of Rudrākṣams < [Book 11]
Chapter 3 - On the glories of the Rudrākṣa beads < [Book 11]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)