The Shiva Purana

by J. L. Shastri | 1950 | 616,585 words

Summary: The English translation of the Shiva Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas. Contents include cosmology, mythology, yoga, description of sacred places (tirtha), geography, etc. The text is an important source for Shaivism and some of the oldest surviving content deals with Advaita-Vedanta philosophy and theistic Bhakti (devotion).

This edition of the Shiva Purana is based upon the 1906 manuscript which contains seven sections (samhita) and a total of 457 chapters (adhyaya). However, the Purana itself asserts to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 12 samhitas and 100,000 Sanskrit verses (sloka).

Origina Sanskrit title: Śivapurāṇa (शिवपुराण) and Śivamahāpurāṇa (शिवमहापुराण).



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The full text of the The Shiva Purana in English is available here and publically accesible (free to read online). Of course, I would always recommend buying the book so you get the latest edition. You can see all this book’s content by visiting the pages in the below index:

Disclaimer: These are translations of Sanskrit texts and are not necessarily approved by everyone associated with the traditions connected to these texts. Consult the source and original scripture in case of doubt.


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