The total number of verses as per the different
editions varies from 6000 to 11,000. The
book, as available now, is in two parts
and has about 9000 verses, the number
of chapters being 108 in the first part
and 55 in the second.
A sanskrit commentary by Ganesa
Natu (early part of the 19th century),
Sivatosini by name, has been printed.
This purana mainly aims at the
propagation of the cult of Siva and his
worship through the linga, the rounded
surface emblem commonly worshipped
It deals with a number of subjects,
the more important ones being: the manifestation of the five aspects of Siva viz., Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Tatpurusa, Aghora
and Isana; Siva appearing as a huge pillar
of fire to Brahma and Visnu; Vyasa and
his disciples; stories of the sages Dadhichi
and Silada; about the four yugas or epochs;
Nandi and his worship; descriptions of the
well-known Suryavamsa and Candra-vamsa, the dynasties originating from
the sun and the moon; worship of Siva
and description of some vratas; detailed
account of the famous Sivapancaksari-
mantra and its use in meditation; an
account of the places of pilgrimage like
Kasi; on music and its propagation; manifestation of Siva in eight forms (astamurtis); various danas or gifts and their
fruits; how to establish the Sivalingas; the mrityunjaya-mantra and its usage.
Several subsidiary religious works like Pancaksara-mahatmya, Ramasahasranama and Rudraksa-mahatmya have originated from this purana.
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