By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sivadharmapurana, ZivadharmapurANa, shivadharmapuraana
Śivadharmapurāṇa is an upapurāṇa included in the list of eighteen upapurāṇas. It has been called a śāstra by the Bhaviṣyapurāṇa thereby getting some status of importance. It is a short work of twelve chapters in which Nandikeśvara reports to Sanatkumāra what Śiva had taught to Pārvatī and Subrahmaṇya. It is a pro-Vedic Paśupata work assigned to the period A. D. 200-500. The topics dealt with are briefly as follows:
- Origin and worship of the Śivaliṅga
- Construction of Śiva temples
- Offer of triśulas and other things to him
- Giving gifts to please him
- Fasting on days dear to him
- Duties of the worshipers and so on
- Śāstra means scriptural treatise.
- Triśulas means tridents.
- He lived in 12th century A. D.
- He lived in 13th century A. D.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore