Read Shiva Purana in English
Shiva Purana composed by Maharishi Vedavyas is one of the most read Puranas among the 18 holy Puranas of Hindus. In the list of Puranas, Shiva Purana has got fourth place. Shiva Purana is the most important Purana among all the Puranas. The glory and devotion of Lord Shiva have been propagated in this Purana.
Shiva Purana is related to Shaivism. This Purana has 6 sections and 24000 verses. In this Purana, a comprehensive description of Lord Shiva’s various forms, incarnations, Jyotirlingas, devotees, and devotion has been said. In the Shiv Purana, a detailed description of the welfare, mystery, glory, and worship of Lord Mahadev of the gods has been described in detail.
In the Shiva Purana, apart from the glory and devotion of Lord Shiva, the method of worship, many enlightening narratives and instructive stories have been beautifully described and the grandest personality of Lord Shiva has been glorified. Lord Shiva who is Swayambhu, an Eternal, Supreme Being, Universal Consciousness, and the basis of cosmic existence.
In almost all the Puranas, Lord Shiva has been described as an idol of sacrifice, penance, love, and compassion. Lord Shiva is easily pleased and is the one who gives desired results. But in the Shiva Purana, a special description has been given about the life character of Lord Shiva, his lifestyle, marriage, and the origin of his sons. There are 6 sections in this Purana, which are as follows.
1) Vidyeshwara Samhita
2) Rudra Samhita
3) Kotirudra Samhita
4) Kailas Samhita
5) Air Code
6) Uma Samhita
12 Jyotirlingas in Shiva Purana:-
In the Kotirudra Samhita of Shiva Purana, 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva have been described in detail. This very ancient 12 Jyotirlinga form of Shivling is the abode of Lord Shiva. The worship of 12 Jyotirlingas has a special significance in Sanatan Dharma. Following are the names of these 12 Jyotirlingas.
1) Somnath Jyotirlinga
Located in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, this Jyotirlinga is considered to be the oldest and the first Jyotirlinga of the earth. According to Shiva Purana, Somnath Jyotirlinga has been established by Chandradev himself.
2) Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of river Krishna in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India on a mountain named Srisailam.
3) Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is located in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh. This is the only Jyotirlinga facing south. The Bhasmari of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is famous all over the world.
4) Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is located in the Malwa region near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The shape of Om is formed here due to the mountain and river flowing around this Jyotirlinga.
5) Kedarnath Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state on the Kedar peak of the Himalayas.
6) Bhimashankar Jyotirling
This Jyotirlinga is situated on a mountain called Sahyadri near Pune in Maharashtra.
7) Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling
This Jyotirlinga is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This Jyotirlinga is also known as Vishweshwar.
8) Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra state. This is a mountain named Brahmagiri near the Jyotirlinga. The Godavari river originates from the Brahmagiri mountain.
9) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is located near Santhal Pargana of Jharkhand state. This Vaidyanath Dham of Lord Shiva has been called Chitabhoomi.
10) Nageshwar Jyotirling
This Jyotirlinga is located in the Dwarka region of Gujarat.
11) Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is located in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. This Jyotirlinga was made by Lord Shri Ram himself with his own hands.
12) Ghrishneshwar Temple Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirlinga is located near Daulatabad in Maharashtra. This is the last Jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Significance of Shiva Purana:-
Shiva Purana has great importance for the devotee of Shiva. In the Shiva Purana, the elemental interpretation, mystery, glory, and worship of the benevolent form of Lord ‘Shiva’ of Parabrahm Parmeshwar have been described. Reading the Shiva Purana and listening to it with devotion is the best form of worship. According to Shiva Purana, a man reaches the highest position after attaining Shiva devotion, he attains Shivapada. By listening to this Purana selflessly and reverently, one becomes free from all sins and enjoys great and excellent pleasures in this life, and finally attains Shivaloka.
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