Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

Shiva Purana/ Shiva Mahapurana teaches us something different about Krsna.
The Shiva Purana was recited by Vedavyasa’s disciple Romaharshana, alternatively, Loma-harshana.
There it is written "For sixteen months Krishna had to pray before Shiva appeared, to grant the boon regarding the son.  Parvati also granted Krishna several boons."

My question is that,
1. Is this Vedavyasa is one who wrote different Vedic Scriptures like Veda, Purana, Srimad Bhagvatam etc.?
2. How far is "Shiva Purana" is practical or authentic?

3. How Lord Shiva appeared from Lord Vishnu?

I am really eager to know the answer. Please someone highlight on this. Please forgive me if my question hurts anyone. But really I am so curious to know the answer.

Just your Servant

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  • The words of Vedavyasa are perfect and infallible; however, the different translations, interpretations, and purports given by unqualified persons should not be taken seriously.

    Vedavyasa spoke all the puranas--including the tamasic ones, such as Siva, Vamana, Kurma, and other puranas.

    "Acyutānanda: How do we know that Vedavyāsa is not defective like other living beings?

    Prabhupāda: He is not defective because he is speaking what he has heard from Nārada. Therefore he is not defective. Just like we are speaking. We are not perfect. We are also ordinary human being, but people are taking that "Bhaktivedanta Swami has done wonder." What is that wonder? I am speaking Bhagavad-gītā as it is, that's all."

    1976 Conversations and Morning Walks, Room Conversation -- January 8, 1976, Nellore:


    Siva Purana was spoken directly by Vedavyasa, and Srila Prabhupada himself quotes from Siva Purana--which, like all Vedic literatures, teaches the absolute truth:

    "So in the Siva Purana, there was a question by Parvati to Lord Siva. Lord Siva and Parvati, husband and wife.... So the question was, 'Which worship is best?' So Lord Siva replied, aradhananam sarvesam visnor aradhanam param: 'My dear Parvati, of all methods of worship, Visnu worship is the topmost.'"

    Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18, August 21, 1972, Los Angeles


    The Hari Bhakti Vilas states that only Lord Krsna himself understands the origin, purpose, and greatness of Lord Siva. 

    "Rudra, who is an expansion of Sadāśiva and who appears in unlimited universes .... It is said that Sadāśiva (Lord Śambhu) is an expansion from the Sadāśiva in the Vaikuṇṭha planets (Lord Viṣṇu) and that his consort, Mahāmāyā, is an expansion of Ramā-devī, or Lakṣmī. Mahāmāyā is the origin or birthplace of material nature."

    CC Adi 6.79, Translation and Purport:

  • i would also like to say that not only that there are many instances in shiv purana where lord shiva is stated a god and vishnu as demigod. one pastime which is given is that  once lord brahma and lord vishnu were quarreling about who is god amongst those two and then lord shiva intervenes and tell that if you want to find that who is  god between you two then you should go through a contest. lord shiva tells them that the one among you two who finds the end of the lingam (apparently the shiva lingam)  will win the contest and shall prove himself to be god. but none of them were able to find the end of the lingam and thus they approach lord shiva and then lord shiva reveals them the real knowledge.

    now this pastime which is in shiva purana actually states that lord shiva is supreme lord. but as the other devotees here commented that this purana is a tamsik purana based on mode of ignorance and thus it meant for those who require a gradual process to elevate themselves to that mode so that they can understand the intensity of Bhakti yoga....

    Hari Boil 

  • hare Krishna.... all glories to srila prabhupad.


    Veda vyasa gave 18 puranas to the mankind for the spiritual progress.what Veda vyasa prabhu did was to group 6 Purana as satvik puranas another 6 as rajasik Purana and another 6 as tamasik Purana.

    Shiva Purana belong to tamasik Purana group.it is said that in tamasik Purana nothing will be clear as who is creator and who is superior and who is the supreme lord.

    there is a interesting story behind establishing Vedanta dharma in kumbakonam(Tamil nadu) by VIJAYENDRATHEERTHARU of madva samprdaya.kumbakonam temples was then controlled and adminstred by a lingayat or a shivaite called yemme basava.it is said he was proficient in all Purana and Vedas and harassed all the brahmins community by engaging a debate and defeating them.as all the temples were in his control people were waiting for someone to defeat him.it is then VIJAYENDRATHEERTHARU came to kumbakonam and asked him to engage a debate with him.this yemmebasava with puffed up ego wanted to defeat VIJAYENDRATHEERTHARU badly considering his earlier successes went ahead.he started with a statement from a Shiva purana that's when VIJAYENDRATHEERTHARU stopped him and told him that it is a tamasik purana and Veda vayasa himself has told that it is not appropriate for any one to consider a logic explanation with purana.VIJAYEENDRATHEERTHARU asked him to ask question and debate but not from tamasik purana.. over next few days yemmebasava was defeated and the VIJAYENDRATHEERTHRU became the custodian of all temples of kumbakonam as agreed at the as a winning price of the debate.this is the linage where RAGHAVENRDA SWAMY came to in the coming years.....

    well as you can see we can refer to Shiva purana but it will confusing.we can avoid it but the best way is to go to authentic acharya for the explanation and that is what KRISHNA wants from us.....

    acharya first Krishna next.

    my humble apologies if I have hurt anyone's feeling...... hare Krishna.

    hair sarvotama vayu jeevotama

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    Lord Shiva appeared from the middle part of two eyes of Lord Brahma who was the son of Lord Vishnu.

    Vedavyas is always one in every kali yuga. 

    There are many things written in Vedas, instructions for sudras, mleshhas....

    but the essence of all those Vedas is Srimad Bhagavatam.

    So we do not waste time for other things but read the essence.

    Your servant,  

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