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Deeds of Lord Shiva


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Vanquishing of demons in the battle:

Shiva and Tripurasuras

Vanquishing the Tripurasuras: I meditate on Lord Shiva who vanquished the Tripurasuras and their three cities with a single arrow. The Tripurasuras were the three sons of Tarakasura, namely Tarakaksha, Vidyunmali and Kamalaksha. They performed severe penance and got the boon of three indestructible cities (puras) from Lord Brahma. They defeated the devas. The devas sought the refuge of Lord Shiva. However since the Tripurasuras worshipped Lord Shiva in their cities, Lord Shiva declined to help them. Lord Vishnu created a clan of shaven-headed ascetics who made the Tripurasuras give up their worship through their misleading preachings. Then, Lord Shiva mounted a special chariot and when the three cities joined together, He burned them with a single arrow which destroyed the Tripurasuras.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 1 to 10)
- पुरान्तक (Pura-Antaka): Who brought an end to the Tripurasuras. (Shiva Tandava Stotram - verse 10)

Shiva in battle

Slaying of Jalandhara: I meditate on Lord Shiva who slayed Jalandhara in a terrific battle. Jalandhara was born in the ocean from the fire of the third eye of Lord Shiva. Lord Brahma gave the name Jalandhara since the child cried and shook him so hard that tears flowed from his eyes. Lord Brahma also gave him the boon of great strength and a chaste wife (Vrinda). Jalandhara attacked the devas and conquered heaven. The devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva made Jalandhara wage a war against him to capture Devi Parvati. Lord Vishnu took the guise of Jalandhara and destroyed the chastity of his wife Vrinda. Thereafter Lord Shiva slayed Jalandara in a terrible fight and relieved the devas from their sufferings.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 13 to 24)

Shiva in battle

Slaying of Samkhachuda: I meditate on Lord Shiva who slayed Samkhachuda in a terrific battle. Dambha, the son of Vipracitti and grandson of Kashyapa performed tapas in Pushkara tirtha for a lakh of years and got the boon of a valorous son from Lord Vishnu. The son was Samkhachuda, who was Sudama in an earlier birth and was cursed by Radha to be born as a demon. Samkhachuda performed tapas in Pushkara and got the boon of a Krishna Kavacha from Lord Brahma, and was also married to a chaste wife Tulasi. Samkhachuda then waged war against the devas and ousted them form their kingdom. The devas took refuge of the Trinity. Lord Shiva waged war against Samkhachuda. Lord Vishnu took the guise of a brahmin and begging from Samkhachuda took away his kavacha. Lord Vishnu also destroyed the chastity of Tulasi in a guise. Thereafter Lord Shiva in a terrific fight killed Samkhachuda and brought relief to the devas.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 27 to 40)

Shiva and Andhakasura

Vanquishing the pride of Andhakasura: I meditate on Lord Shiva who vanquished the pride of Andhakasura after a terrific battle, and finally made him the leader of the ganas. Andhakasura was born from the heat of the eyes of Lord Shiva when Devi Parvati playfully closed his eyes in the Mandara mountain. He was born blind, deformed, black and with an awful face. When Hiranyaksha performed tapas for getting a son, Lord Shiva gave Andhaka as a boon to him. After Hiranyaksha was killed Andhaka became the king. His cousin brothers Prahlada and others joked for his blindness and form. Andhaka performed severe penance and attained great strength from Lord Brahma with restored eyesight. He conquered the devas, other celestials and humans. Attracted by the beauty of Devi Parvati he waged a war against Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva defeated him and kept his body hanging in the sky with his trident. The pride of Andhaka was destroyed and Lord Shiva made him the leader of the ganas.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 42 to 49)
- अन्धकान्तक (Andhaka-Antaka): Who brought an end to Andhakasura. (Shiva Tandava Stotram - verse 10)

Banasura

Vanquishing the pride of Banasura: I meditate on Lord Shiva who vanquished the pride of Banasura by getting his thousand arms cut by Sri Krishna in a terrific battle, and finally made him one of the ganas. Banasura, the son of Bali propitiated Lord Shiva with his Tandava dance and got the boon of great strength and thousand arms. Once Banasura said that his thousand arms were a burden because no one was comparable to him in strength except Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was displeased and pronounced that his thousand arms will fall and his pride will be destroyed. Meanwhile Usha, the daughter of Banasura became attracted towards Aniruddha, the grandson of Sri Krishna. Chitralekha the maid of Usha brought Aniruddha from Dwaraka to Sonitpura through her yogic power. Banasura detected this and captured Aniruddha. Sri Krishna came from Dwaraka, fought with Banasura and cut off his thousand arms. The pride of Banasura was destroyed. He eulogized Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva became pleased and made him one of the ganas.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 51 to 56)

Shiva and Gajasura

Slaying of Gajasura: I meditate on Lord Shiva who slayed Gajasura in a war and wore his elephant hide. Gajasura, the son of Mahishasura performed severe penance inside a forest to avenge his father's death. Getting boon from Lord Brahma he became invincible from the devas. He conquered the three lokas and started tormenting the gods and the religious-minded people. Once Gajasura arrived at Kashi to torment the people there. The gods took refuge of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva arrived with a trident and waged a war with Gajasura. Gajasura was wounded and before dying eulogized Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva became pleased and told him to ask for a boon. Gajasura asked the boon that the Lord should wear his elephant hide and be known as Krittivasa (who is clad in elephant hide). Lord Shiva granted the boon and told him that his body will become a Linga by name Krittivaseshwara which will remove the sins and bestow salvation.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 57)
- गजान्तक (Gaja-Antaka): Who brought an end to Gajasura. (Shiva Tandava Stotram - verse 10)

Shiva in battle

Slaying of Dundubhi Nirhrada: I meditate on Lord Shiva who slayed Dundubhi Nirhrada when the demon attacked his devotee during Shivaratri. After the slaying of Hiranyaksha, the paternal uncle of Prahlada thought of ways to overpower the gods. He thought that the strength of gods were due to yagna which was again due to brahmanas. He decided to devour the brahmanas. He went first to Kashi and in the guise of a tiger started devouring the brahmanas. Once during Shivaratri he attacked a devotee who was meditating on Shiva after creating a kavacha with mantra. Lord Shiva emerged out of the Linga and pressing the tiger in his armpits killed him by hitting his head with his fist. The brahmanas eulogized Lord Shiva and the Linga became known as Vyaghreshwara.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 58)

Daksha Yagna

Destroying sacrifice of Daksha: I meditate on Lord Shiva who destroyed the sacrifice of Daksha and slayed him through Virabhadra, and finally revived him and completed the sacrifice. Once Daksha organized a huge sacrifice at Kankhala Tirtha where he invited all gods and sages but not Lord Shiva. Devi Sati went there uninvited and encountered Daksha and others asking why Lord Shiva was not invited. Daksha replied speaking bad words against Lord Shiva. Devi Sati in anger gave up Her body creating a yogic fire. Knowing this, Lord Shiva in fury plucked a lock of his hair and created Virabhadra and Mahakali. They marched with their armies and defeated all the gods who fought against them. Finally Virabhadra severed the head of Daksha with his hands and threw it in the sacrificial fire. The devas eulogized Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva restored the wounded gods and revived Daksha by joining the head of a he-goat. Daksha eulogized Lord Shiva and with His permission completed the yagna.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Sati Khanda - 27)
- मखान्तक (Makha-Antaka): Who brought an end to the sacrifice. (Shiva Tandava Stotram - verse 10)


Jyotirlinga Incarnations:

Somanatha Jyotirlinga

Somanatha Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Somanatha Jyotirlinga at Prabhasa Kshetra, where Lord Shiva relieved the curse of Chandra deva, when Chandra deva performed penance there reciting the Mrityunjaya Mantra ten crores of times and meditated on that mantra with a still mind.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 14)
- सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथम् (Sauraassttre Somanaatham): In Saurashtra is the Somanatha Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 1)
Somnath temple (Gir Somnath district, Gujarat): Identified with Somanatha Jyotirlinga.

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga at Krauncha mountain, where Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati came to visit their son Kumara and abided as Jyoti in that place.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 15)
- श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् (Shriishaile Mallikaarjunam): In Shrishaila is the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 1)
Mallikarjun temple (Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh): Identified with Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga.

Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga

Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga at Avanti, where Lord Shiva protected His devotee Veda Priya and the brahmanas from the atrocities of demon Dushana.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 16)
- उज्जयिन्यां महाकालम् (Ujjayinyaam Mahaakaalam): In Ujjayini is the Mahakala Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 1)
Mahakaleshwar temple (Ujjain district, Madhya Pradesh): Identified with Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga.

Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga

Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga at Omkareshwara, where Lord Shiva granted boon to the Vindhya mountain when he performed penance there.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 18)
- ॐकारं अमलेश्वरम् (Omkaaram Amaleshvaram): In Omkara is the Amaleshwara Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 1)
Omkareshwar temple (Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh): Identified with Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga.

Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga

Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga at Badaryashrama, where Lord Shiva granted boon to devotees Nara and Narayana when they performed penance there.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 19)
- हिमालये केदारम् (Himaalaye Kedaaram): In Himalaya is the Kedara Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 3)
Kedarnath temple (Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand): Identified with Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga.

Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga

Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga at Kamarupa (or Dakini), where Lord Shiva protected His devotee Sudakshina from the atrocities of demon Bhima.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 20)
- डाकिन्यां भीमाशंकरम् (Ddaakinyaam Bhiimaashangkaram): In Dakini is the Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 2)
Bhimashankar temple (Pune district, Maharashtra): Identified with Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga.

Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga

Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga at Kashi, where Lord Shiva established the city Kashi in the mortal world by placing it from his trident.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 22)
- वाराणस्यां विश्वेशम् (Vaaraannasyaam Vishvesham): In Varanasi is the Vishwesha Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 3)
Vishwanath temple (Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh): Identified with Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga.

Tryambakeshwara Jyotirlinga

Tryambakeshwara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Tryambakeshwara Jyotirlinga at Brahmagiri mountain, where Lord Shiva relieved sage Gautama from the false accusation of the brahmanas and released river Gautami Ganga (Godavari) from his matted hairs, when the sage performed penance there.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 24)
- त्र्यंबकं गौतमीतटे (Tryambakam Gautamii-Tatte): On the bank of river Gautami is the Tryambaka Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 3)
Tryambakeshwar temple (Nashik district, Maharashtra): Identified with Tryambakeshwara Jyotirlinga.

Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga

Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga at Parli, where the Shiva Lingam given by Lord Shiva to Ravana (due to his penance at Kailasha mountain) got fixed when Ravana tried to carry it back to Lanka.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 28)
- परल्यां वैद्यनाथम् (Paralyaam Vaidyanaatham): In Parli is the Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 2)
Baidyanath Dham (Deogarh district, Jharkhand): Identified with Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga.
Parli Vaijnath temple (Beed district, Maharashtra): Identified with Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga.
Baijnath temple (Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh): Identified with Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga.

Nageshwara Jyotirlinga

Nageshwara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Nageshwara Jyotirlinga at Darukavana, where Lord Shiva protected His devotee Supriya from the atrocities of demon Daruka.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 29)
- नागेशं दारुकावने (Naagesham Daarukaavane): In Darukavana is the Nagesha Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 2)
Nageshwar temple (Devbhoomi Dwaraka district, Gujarat): Identified with Nageshwara Jyotirlinga.
Aundha Nagnath temple (Hingoli district, Maharashtra): Identified with Nageshwara Jyotirlinga.
Jageshwar Dham (Almora district, Uttarakhand): Identified with Nageshwara Jyotirlinga.

Rameshwara Jyotirlinga

Rameshwara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Rameshwara Jyotirlinga at Setubandha, where Lord Shiva granted the boon of victory to Sri Rama against Ravana, when Sri Rama worshipped him on the sea shore before the battle with Ravana.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 31)
- सेतुबंधे रामेशम् (Setubandhe Raamesham): In Setubandha is the Ramesha Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 2)
Rameshwaram temple (Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu): Identified with Rameshwara Jyotirlinga.

Grishneshwara Jyotirlinga

Grishneshwara Jyotirlinga: I meditate on the Grishneshwara Jyotirlinga at Shivalaya, where Lord Shiva revived the son of devotee Ghushma killed by his step-mother, when Ghushma continued her daily worship of making hundred parthiva Shiva Lingas and consigning it in the lake Shivalaya.
(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 32)
- घुश्मेशं शिवालये (Ghushmesham Shivaalaye): In Shivalaya is the Ghushmesha Jyotirlinga. (Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - verse 3)
Grishneshwar temple (Aurangabad district, Maharashtra): Identified with Grishneshwara Jyotirlinga.


Other Incarnations:

Ardhanareeshwara

Ardhanareeshwara Incarnation: I meditate on the Ardhanareeshwara Incarnation of Lord Shiva with half male and half female body which appeared before Lord Brahma to start the creation based on both male and female principles.
(Shiva Purana - Shata Rudra Samhita - 3)

Shiva

Grihapati Incarnation: I meditate on the Grihapati Incarnation of Lord Shiva who incarnated in the house of sage Vaishvanara and Suchismati.
(Shiva Purana - Shata Rudra Samhita - 13 to 15)


Other deeds:

Shukracharya

Bestowing of Mritasanjivani Vidya to Shukracharya: I meditate on Lord Shiva who bestowed the Mritasanjivani Vidya to Shukracharya when he performed penance at Kashi.
(Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 50)


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