First of all, Sage Shaunak expressed his desire to Suta about knowing the means, which could help a man in this era of Kali to attainment lord Shiva, by cleansing all the impurities of his mind and rectifying his inherent demonic tendencies. Suta then described about Shiva Mahapurana – the supreme of all the Puranas, which was narrated by Lord Shiva himself and which was later on retold by Sage  Vyasa  with the permission of Maharshi Sanatkumar, for the benediction of common man. Suta said, “By understanding the mysteries of ShivmahaPurana  and singing its praises, a man attains greater virtues than that which could be attained by being charitable or by the performance of all the `yagyas’. Contemplating on the subject matters of Shiva Mahapurana give auspicious fruits just like a ‘Kalpa-taru’ (A mythological tree which fulfills all the wishes). Shiv   Mahapurana  contains  twenty-four  thousand  shlokas  and  seven  Samhitas   which  are Vidyeshwar, Rudra, Shatrudra, Koti Rudra, Uma, Kailash, and  Vayviya. Shiva Mahapurana is the best means for man’s liberation.

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