Shivapurana, aka: Śivapurāṇa, Shiva-purana; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śivapurāṇa can be transliterated into English as Sivapurana or Shivapurana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śivapurāṇa (शिवपुराण) according to the Śivapurāṇa-māhātmya 1.30-34.—“merely by listening to Śivapurāṇa (if such good results) what am I to say about the result when Śiva abides in the heart?. This work consists of twenty-four thousand verses divided into seven saṃhitās (compendiums). The three kinds of Devotion [(1) by meditation, (2) recital of prayer and (3) acts of worship and service] are fully explained in it. It must be listened to with great respect”.

There are seven saṃhitās defined for the Śivapurāṇa:

  1. Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā,
  2. Rudra-saṃhitā,
  3. Śatarudra-saṃhitā,
  4. Koṭirudra-saṃhitā,
  5. Umā-saṃhitā,
  6. Kailāsa-saṃhitā,
  7. Vāyavīya-saṃhitā.

Accordingly, “this divine Purāṇa of seven saṃhitās and called after Śiva stands on an equal footing with Brahman (i.e. Vedic Texts) and accords an achievement that is superior to everything else. He who reads the entire Śivapurāṇa without omitting any of the seven saṃhitās can be called a Jīvanmukta (a living liberated soul)”.

Accordin to the Śivapurāṇa 1.2, originally the Śivapurāṇa was of very enormous size consisting of twelve sacred saṃhitās:—

  1. Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā,
  2. Rudra-saṃhitā,
  3. Vaināyaka-saṃhitā,
  4. Aumika-saṃhitā,
  5. Mātṛ-saṃhitā,
  6. Rudraikādaśa-saṃhitā,
  7. Kailāsa-saṃhitā,
  8. Śatarudraka-saṃhitā,
  9. Sahasrakoṭirudra-saṃhitā,
  10. Koṭirudra-saṃhitā,
  11. Vāyavīya-saṃhitā,
  12. Dharmasaṃjña-saṃhitā.

“The first Saṃhitā of Vidyeśvara, consisted of ten thousand verses. The Raudra, Vaināyaka, Aumika and Mātṛ-saṃhitās consisted of eight thousand verses each. O Brahmins, the Rudraikādasa-saṃhitā consisted of thirteen thousand verses; the Kailāsa-saṃhitā of six thousand verses and the Śatarudra of three thousand verses. The Koṭirudra-saṃhitā consisted of nine thousand verses; the Sahasrakoṭi-rudra-saṃhitā of eleven thousand verses. The Vāyavīya-saṃhitā consisted of 4000 verses and the Dharma-saṃhitā of twelve thousand verses. Thus the whole Śivapurāṇa contained a hundred thousand verses”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Śivapurāṇa (शिवपुराण).—One among the eighteen Purāṇas: comprises 24000 ślokas. sec. Śiva.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 7. 23; 13. 4.
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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Śivapurāṇa (शिवपुराण).—Name of one of the eighteen Purāṇas.

Śivapurāṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiva and purāṇa (पुराण).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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