From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śivadharmottarapurāṇa is classed among the upapurāṇas. It is another Pāśupāta work with pro-Vedic leanings. It has twelve chapters. It might have been compiled during the period A. D. 700-800. Cast in the form of a dialogue between Skanda or Saṇmukha and Agasti[1] it deals with several topics of Śaivism such as:

  1. Duties of worshipers of Śiva
  2. Dāna[2]
  3. Imparting knowledge to the devotees of Śiva
  4. Sins and the sufferings of sinners
  5. Punaṛjanma[3]
  6. Practice of Śivayoga leading to the attainment of Siva
  7. Etc.

Writers of dharmaśāstras like Aparārka[4] and Hemādri[5] have drawn upon the material contained here.


  1. It is same as Agastya.
  2. Dāna means giving gifts.
  3. Punaṛjanma means re-birth.
  4. He lived in 12th century A. D.
  5. He lived in 13th century A. D.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore