Shivarupa, Śivarūpa, Shiva-rupa: 2 definitions


Shivarupa 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 Śivarūpa can be transliterated into English as Sivarupa or Shivarupa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shivarupa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śivarūpa (शिवरूप) refers to the “form of Śiva” attainable by one who is free from the tangle of opposites (dvandvaduḥkha) and the miseries attendant on them, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12, while explaining details of worship:—“[...] when differentiation (bheda) ceases, the misery of mutually clashing opposites (dvandvaduḥkha) vanishes. He who is free from the tangle of opposites and the miseries attendant on them assumes the form of Śiva (śivarūpa). O celestial sages, when the mutually clashing opposites do not afflict, a person endowed with true knowledge has neither happiness nor misery. Rules of do’s and don’ts do not bind him. Such a person who has not entered a household life is rare to meet with. If there is such a one he will quell all sins by his mere sight. Even the holy centres praise such a person of knowledge. Devas and all sages consider him the supreme Brahman (Parabrahman or Parabrahmātmaka), Śiva Himself”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivarupa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śivarūpa (शिवरूप):—[=śiva-rūpa] [from śiva] n. the form or image of Śiva, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. having the form of Ś°, [ib.]

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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 (even English!). 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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