Puraan | 4-Shiv Puraan
3-Vishnu Puraan, 4-Shiv Puraan,
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Ved has described him eternal; cause of all; creator, caretaker and destroyer of the universe. "Shiv" means "Kalyaan", and Kalyaan means to do good to others. Even he is the Isht Dev (Bhagavaan) of both Raam and Krishn.
(1) Vidyeshwar Sanhitaa
(2) Rudra Sanhitaa in
(3) Shat Rudra Sanhitaa (one hundred - 100)
(4) Koti Rudra Sanhitaa (one Crore - 10,000,000)
(5) Umaa Sanhitaa
(6) Kailaash Sanhitaa
(7) Vaayaveeya Sanhitaa
Other Versions of Shiv Puraan
One published version of the Shiv Puraan [Vangavasi Press Edition] contains six Sanhitaa (books) :
This version of the Shiv Puraan is recited by Ved Vyaas' disci[ple Romharshan (Lomharshan) and is divided into 260 chapters and contains roughly 12,000 verses, and was published based on manuscripts found in eastern India.
The other published version of the Shiv Puraan [Venkatesvara and Pandit Pustakalaya Editions] contains not six, but seven Sanhitaa :
(1) Vidyeshwar Sanihtaa
This version of the Shiv Puraan is divided into 451 chapters and contains roughly 24,000 verses, and was published based on manuscripts found in northern and southern India.
Clearly the first version is much shorter than the second one. And perhaps more importantly, not even the lists of Sanhitaa from the two versions coincide with one another. Why is this? Some say that the answer to this riddle is in the Shiv Puraan itself. Within the text of the Vidyeshwar and the Vaayaveeya Sanhitaa, both of which are common to both versions, it is explained that the original Shiv Puraan contained 12 Sanhitaa totaling 100,000 verses. Furthermore, the Vidyeshwar Sanhitaa (II : 49-56) and Vaayaveeya Sanhitaa list the names of 12 Sanhitaa and the original number of verses in each thus :
(1) Vidyeshwar Sanhitaa (10,000)
Glancing back at the list of Sanhitaa in the currently available published versions, we find that all but the Vinaayak, Maatri, Rudra Ekaadash and Sahastra Koti Rudra Sanhitaa are available in one version or the another. So, presumably these aforementioned Sanhitaa have been lost with time.
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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 04/25/13