Ishvara Gita

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The Ishvara Gita is an ancient Hindu scripture philosophical text from Kurma Purana. It deals with topics such as Advaita metaphysics, Bhakti[1] and others [2]


The Ishvara Gita consists of 11 chapters with over 768 verses which deals with topics such as worship of Siva Lingam, Advaita metaphysics, Omni-Potence of Śiva-Liṅga,[3] Bhakti, Significance of OM,[4] Theophany of Śiva (śiva-prādurbhāva-ākhya), forms of Shiva (Aṣṭa Mūrtis) and others [2]


The Ishvara Gita contains many new themes that are not found in The Bhagavad Gita, such as worship of Shiva Lingam and the idea that Śiva as the ultimate God.[3]

The Īśvara gītā also shows the influence of the 8-fold (ashtanga) yoga of Patanjali, and of the pashupata sect of Shaivism. Several commentaries on this text are available in manuscript form, including one by vijñānabhikṣu, a 16th-century Hindu polymath.[citation needed]

The Īśvara gītā has been translated into English, French and Italian in stand-alone form, and into English as part of a complete translation of The Kurma Purana.[citation needed]

Primary sources: Sanskrit editions and translations[edit]

  • Dumont, P.-E. (ed. and tr.) (1934). L’Īśvaragītā: Le Chant de Śiva. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
  • Gupta, Anand Swarup (ed.) (1971). The Kūrma Purāṇa. Varanasi: All-India Kashiraj Trust.
  • Nicholson, Andrew J. (tr.) (2014). Lord Siva's Song: The Isvara Gita. New York: SUNY Press.
  • Piantelli, Mario (ed. and tr.) (1980). Īśvaragītā, o, Poema del Signore. Parma: L. Battei.
  • Tagare, G.V. (tr.) (1982). The Kūrma Purāṇa, Part II. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.
  • Cornerotte Hervé (2022). Ishwara Gita - Le chant du Seigneur Shiva. Allemagne: BOD-Books on Demand


  1. ^ K. V. Anantharaman (2010). "Shiva Gita". Wisdom Library.
  2. ^ a b K.V, Anantharaman. Siva Gita A Critical Study.
  3. ^ a b K.V, Anantharaman. "Chapter X - Omnipotence of Siva Linga". Siva Gita A Critical Study.
  4. ^ K.V, Anantharaman. "Chapter VI - Esoteric significance of OM enunciated in Siva Gita.". Siva Gita A Critical Study.

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