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The Shiva Purana (, ) is one of the s, a genre of Hindu religious texts dedicated to Shiva. According to a tradition which is stated in the (the Venkateshvara Press edition) of this text, the original text was known as the .

According to tradition, it originally consisted 12 s and 100,000 s (verses). After the reconstruction and the abridgement by Vedavyasa, the extant text comprises 24000 s (verses), which he taught to his disciple Romaharshana (or Lomaharshana).

The recensions of the text

Several recensions of this text exist. The recension presented by the edition published by the Vangavasi Press, Calcutta in 1908 consists of six s (sections):

The recension presented by the two other editions published by the Venkateshvara Press, Bombay in 1906 and the Pandita Pustakalaya, Kashi in 1963 consists of seven s:

According to a passage found in the first chapters of and of these recensions the original Shiva Purana comprised twelve s, which included five lost s: , (or ), , and (or ). The number of verses in these sections were as follows:
  1. Vidyeshvara Samhita - 10,000
  2. Rudra Samhita - 8,000
  3. Vainayaka Samhita - 8,000
  4. Uma Samhita - 8,000
  5. Matri Samhita - 8,000
  6. Rudraikadasha Samhita - 13,000
  7. Kailasa Samhita - 6,000
  8. Shatarudra Samhita - 3,000
  9. Sahasrakotirudra Samhita - 11,000
  10. Kotirudra Samhita - 9,000
  11. Vayaviya Samhita - 4,000
  12. Dharma......
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