by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words
This page relates “ten incarnations of shiva” as found in the Shiva-purana, which, in Hinduism, represents one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. This work eulogizes Lord Shiva as the supreme deity, besides topics such as cosmology and philosophy. It is written in Sanskrit and claims to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 100,000 metrical verses.
7. The sixth incarnation of Śiva is glorified as Chinnamastaka who confers desires. Śakti there, is Dhūmāvatī who bestows all desires on the devotees.
8. The seventh incarnation of Śiva is Dhūmavān, the bestower of the fruits of all desires. Śaktit here, is Dhūmāvatī who bestows all desires on the good worshippers.
9. The eighth pleasant incarnation of Śiva is Bagalāmukha. Śakti there, is Bagalāmukhī who is also famous as Mahānandā.
12. The ten incarnations of Śiva are pleasing as they confer worldly pleasures and salvation. They bestow everything on good devotees.
13. These ten incarnations of Śiva the great soul bestow different kinds of pleasures on those who always resort to them without aberrations.
14. O sage, the glory of the ten incarnations of Śiva has thus been described. It bestows all desires as explained in the Tantraśāstra and other treatises.
15. O sage, the greatness of these Śaktis too is wonderful. It bestows all desires and shall be known as explained in Tantraśāstra and other treatises.
16. The different Śaktis are considered in such activities as destroying enemies etc. They punish the wicked and enhance brahminical splendour.
17. O Brahmin, thus I have explained to you the ten incarnations of Śiva along with his Śakti, beginning with Mahākāla. They are all auspicious.
18. He who reads this sacred narrative during the festivals of Śiva, with great devotion becomes a great favourite of Śiva.
20. The devotees of Śiva maintaining their respective duties and listening to this narrative become especially happy and devoted to Śiva.
Footnotes and references:
The concept of god (in the male form) and his Energy (in the female form) is not peculiar to Śiva-cult alone. It belongs to almost every god—Viṣṇu, Brahmā, Indra and others. It is found in pairs—Śiva-Śivā, Viṣṇu-Vaiṣṇavī, Brahmā-Brahmāṇi, Indra-Indrāṇī. The Present chapter mentions the elevent incarnations of Śiva and their respective Energies.