Shiva Mahastotra Description

शिवमहास्तोत्रवर्णनं नामैकत्रिंशोऽध्यायः
Shiva Mahastotra description Chapter 31

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

नंदा सुनंदा सुरभिः सुशीला सुमनास्तथा |
पंचगोमातरस्त्वेताश्शिवलोके व्यवस्थिताः || 144 ||
Nandaa, Sunandaa, Surabhi, Sushilaa and Sumanaa – these five cow mothers are situated in Shivaloka.

This is the longest chapter in Shiva Purana, consisting of 189 shlokas.

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Worship of Lord Shiva

सांगोपांगपूजाविधानवर्णनं नाम षड्विंशोऽध्यायः
Bodily worship performing description Chapter 26

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

न शिवार्चनतुल्योऽस्ति धर्मोऽन्यो भुवनत्रये | 23
In the three worlds there is no other Dharma as good as worship of Lord Shiva.

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Performing Bodily Worship

सांगोपांगपूजाविधानवर्णनं नाम षड्विंशोऽध्यायः
Bodily worship performing description Chapter 26

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

भक्त्या पंचाक्षरेणैव यः शिवं सकृदर्चयेत् |
सोऽपि गच्छेच्छिवस्थानं शिवमन्त्रस्य गौरवात् || 6 ||
One who worships Lord Shiva with the five-lettered (mantra) with devotion, he too attains the place of Lord Shiva because of the weight/importance of the Shiva mantra.

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Performing Bodily Worship

सांगोपांगपूजाविधानवर्णनं नाम षड्विंशोऽध्यायः
Bodily worship performing description Chapter 26

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

कृत्वापि सुमहत्पापं भक्त्या पंचाक्षरेण तु |
पूजयेद्यदि देवेशं तस्मात्पापात्प्रमुच्यते || 4 ||
Even after committing a grave sin, if (one) worships the God of the Devas with devotion by the five-lettered mantra, (he) is released from that sin.

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Guru’s importance

गुरुमाहात्म्यं नाम पञ्चदशोऽध्यायः
Guru’s importance Chapter 15

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

यथेह वह्निसंपर्कान्मलं त्यजति काञ्चनम् || 26 ||
तथैव गुरुसंपर्कात्पापं त्यजति मानवः |
यथा वह्निसमीपस्थो घृतकुम्भो विलीयते || 27 ||
Just as gold gives up dirt on contact with fire in this world, very similarly a human gives up sin on contact with a Guru. Just as a pot of ghee melts away (disappears) when (placed) near fire (similarly do the sins slowly melt away or disappear in vicinity of a Guru).

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Guru’s importance

गुरुमाहात्म्यं नाम पञ्चदशोऽध्यायः
Guru’s importance Chapter 15

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

गुरोर्गृहे समक्षं वा न यथेष्टासनो भवेत् |
गुरुर्देवो यतः साक्षात्तद्गृहं देवमन्दिरम् || 25 ||
At the home of or in front of the Guru, (one) should not sit as one pleases. Since Guru is a visible Deva, that house/home is a temple.

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Guru’s Importance

गुरुमाहात्म्यं नाम पञ्चदशोऽध्यायः
Guru’s importance Chapter 15

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

श्रेयोऽर्थी यदि गुर्वाज्ञां मनसापि न लंघयेत् |
गुर्वाज्ञापालको यस्माज्ज्ञानसंपत्तिमश्नुते || 23 ||
If a good disciple does not violate any Guru’s instruction even mentally, from that the follower of Guru’s instructions (he) obtains knowledge and prosperity.

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