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The Shiva Purana is one of the eighteen Purana genres of Sanskrit texts of Hinduism and is part of the body of literature of Shivaisism . It focuses mainly on the Hindu god Shiva and the goddess Parvati, but refers to and revers all the gods .
The Shiva Purana claims that it once included 100,000 verses stated in twelve samhitas (books). It was written by Romaharshana, a disciple of Vyasa belonging to the Suta class. The surviving manuscripts exist in many different versions and contents, with a major version with seven books (traced in South India), another with six books, while the third version dates back to the medieval region of Bengal from the Indian subcontinent without books but two large sections called Purva-khanda (previous section) and Uttara-khanda (later section). The two versions, which include books, name certain books in the same way and others differently. The Shiva Purana, like other Puranas in Hindu literature, was probably a living text, which was regularly edited, recast and revised over a long period of time. The oldest manuscript of the surviving texts was probably composed, estimates Klaus Klostermaier, around the 4th to the 2nd century BC. Certain chapters of the surviving Shiva Purana manuscripts were probably composed after the 1st century AD.
The Shiva Purana contains chapters on cosmology, mythology, relationships between the gods, ethics, yoga, Tirtha (pilgrimage) sites, bhakti, rivers and geography, and other subjects. The text is an important source of historical information on the different types and theology behind Shaivism in the early 1st millennium BCE. The older chapters of Shiva Purana have an important Advaita Vedanta philosophy , which is mixed with theistic elements of bhakti