A few simple points I will summarize for the benefit of those who have an open mind. You can always ask if you have Qs without a prejudice.

1) sthala purANAs do not have equal authority as main texts & must be gauged on their merit to see if they agree with higher texts
2) rAma did not worship Shiva at rAmeShvara as per Valmiki, though he did invoke shiva in his nitya-naimittika karmAs. That is proper.

3) nArAyaNa is a term that denotes only Parabrahman everywhere. In contrast, terms like Rudra, Insra, Chandra etc, denote various objects+
4) As an example, rudra denotes the state of experience of the self in Vayu purANa and desire (kAma) in MB (kAShyapa-Aila samvAda). "bhava" and "sharva" denote mind and intellect in atharva Veda. In contrast, nArAyaNa only denotes the supreme Brahman.+
5) That nArAyaNa is equated with viShNu devata in viShNu gAyatri and differeentiated from brahmA, rudra etc in mahopanishad, paingi shruti etc. The sahasranAmAs of other devatAs also do not contain this name.+
6) That makes viShNu sahasranAma, a hymn of viShNu only because of the term "nArAyaNa" occurring in it. And speaking of sahasranAmAs+
7) The upamanyu upAkhyAna and Shiva sahasranAma of MB has been declared an interpolation from Linga and vAyu purANAs by Arjuna Mishra, a commentator of MB who says it is not in the original palm leaves. Earlier commentators and poets prior to 14th century do not even quote it+
8) It was mainstreamed only in 15th century roundabouts. In any case, it has the tell-tale sign of interpolation. Shlokas describing something else philosophically from other texts have been included in it wrongly as a praise of Shiva by the interpolator! +
9) Thus, that section is not pramANa for us. Now, you are all free to disagree with my points. But kindly do not label us prejudiced or biased just because we do some research of shAstra. Enough of arguments, focus on your sAdhana.//

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14 Oct
Everyone knows Brahma and Shiva are great gods. But Yama is only next to them in greatness of knowledge. As a dedication to Lord Yama, here is a translation of the beautiful yamāṣtaka by Savitri from brahmavaivarta purāṇa. Translation done in a hurry, so excuse errors if any.+
harērutkīrtanaṃ dharma svakulōddhārakāraṇam| śrōtlṇāṃ caiva vaktlṇāṃ janmamṛtyujarāharam

[Savitri: Yama, who are Dharma personified! Praise of Hari, speaking about his stories or listening to them, result in purification of one's lineage. It removes birth & death.]+
dānānāṃ ca vratānāṃ ca siddhīnāṃ tapasāṃ param| yōgānāṃ caiva vēdānāṃ sēvanaṃ kīrtanaṃ harēḥ||

[Higher than charity, vows, sacrifices, penances, meditation, study of the Vedas is the praise of Lord Hari]+
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sarvayajñādhipō yajvā jarāmaraṇavarjitaḥ ।
śivaliṅgapratiṣṭhātā sarvāvaguṇavarjitaḥ ॥

This interested me so I went through the section. Genuine enough+
If you take the time to understand that names in sahasranAmAs & shatanAmAs are not random but telling a story, ie, onnected to each other, you would understand that it is not proper to jump into a name and interpret it as per layman understanding. So let me explain these names+
sarvayajñādhipō yajvā jarāmaraṇavarjitaḥ ।

[The One who presides over all sacrifices (as the object of worship), the One who performs sacrifices for those who cannot do so (as the means of worship), who is devoid of birth and death despite being the antaryAmin]+

Exp below+
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12 Oct
--- Praise of Tirumala in Rg Veda ---

The sūkta beginning with “arāyi kāṇe” is considered by vedāntins historically to describe the Lord of Tirumala.+

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arāyi kāṇe vikaṭe giriṃ gaccha sadānve śirimbiṭhasyasatvabhistebhiṣ ṭvā cātayāmasi ||

#RigVeda #Hinduism #Vedas
[Mind without wealth (intellect), whose eye is shut (not seeing Brahman)! Go to the beautiful hill, crying out (his name). We will cause you to hide from Saṃsāra, by these Tīrthās of the hill that withers all karmas.]

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One should understand that we have no agendas in saying rAma did not worship Shiva as per VR. It doesn't matter to us who he worshipped, since Valmiki is clear about his supremacy. But we have to follow what the text says, the context & the commentaries+

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We look at two commentators here - Maheshvara Tirtha (advaitin) and Govindaraja (Vishishtadvaitain)+
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A few more samples from sanat sujAtiyam on the nature of the individual self, as a continuation to this thread:

pramAdAd vA asurAh parAbhavan apramAdAd brahmabhUtAh surASca

[AsurAs failed to realize true nature of the self due to error of considering body as the self (pramAda). Devas, by careful discrimination of self & body (apramAda) attained the nature of the self, similar to Brahman]+
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Due to the beautiful construction of the shlokAs, I decided to have a go. First one:

na vedAnAm veditA kaScidasti vedena vedam na vidurna vedyam |+

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