Ever noticed, that you are following certain task occasionally and later almost regularly; that means it transforms into your habit without even informing you and now you are used to it. Similarly few rituals have been taught to us or we just saw them performed by our ancestors, which are now a part of our lives. Such rites and rituals are righteously performed by us without being aware about the logic behind it. I don’t say that what is right or wrong but just give a thought on ‘why are you doing this?’
We devote our time faithfully in worshipping Lord Shiva and his ‘Shivling’; and often received fruits for the worship. Still we never tried to figure out the true meaning of shivling and why do we actually offer water to it.
Meaning of Shivling:
‘Shiv’ means the destroyer of bad karmas or mainly associated with the life cycle process and ‘linga’ refers to mark or sign symbolising the Supreme God. So literally ‘Shivling’ refers to the symbol of Lord Shiva. In reality, Shiv-Linga is a symbol of dual character of the pious Shiva and his cosmic universal energy. It is a process defining the creation of mortals within the omnipresent and omnipotent Universe. So shivling being a symbol of truth consists of immense energy and radiates it when worshipped through different ways. It emits frequencies of Knowledge (dhyan), devotion (bhakti) and detachment (vairagya). This energy has been gathered mainly because of the ‘sagar manthan’ in which Lord Shiva consumed the dangerous poison emerged from the depth of the sea.
Now water being a sign of purity and also due to its other scientific relevance, it is believed that offering water to Lord Shiva’s symbol leads to the relaxation of the high negative effect of the consumed poison and it pleases him. As you shower water on the Shivling, the malefic effects of the high radiated heat is prevented on the worshipper. Water is also a symbol of harmony and flow which inspires us to realize our mortal existence within the permanent truth. Thus the continuous flow of water is maintained on the shivlinga in temples, to maintain the serene and cool environment around it.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja
Maha Shivratri or the ‘Great’ night of lord Siva, also known as Padmarajrathri, is celebrated annually on the 13th night of the Maagha month of the Hindu calender. Celebrated on the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha of Maagha, the festival is principally celebrated by chanting the sacred Panchakshara mantra, fasting, offering Bilva/Vilvam leaves to Lord Shiva followed by jagranas & havanas. This day is also known as the favorite day of Lord Shiva and the day when Shiva & Parvati got married.
Benefits of Maha Shivratri puja and Vrat
Maha Shivratri fast and puja helps the devotees in overcoming personal and family related problems. The known benefits of this puja are:
• Chances of getting desired partner
• Infertility problems
• Peace and harmony amongst a couple
• Love and trust required for a good married life
• Delay in the marriage
• Sexual life related issues
• Chances of divorce
Puja Vidhi on Maha Shivratri
The success and fortune is brought into the life of devotees who worship the Lord Shiva and Parvati with pure soul and heart on Maha Shivratri. Organise a puja at your convenient location (home/temple) by Shubhpuja pandit on this special occasion. On this day you should perform the puja by
1. Performing abhishek of 5 Devs – Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartik and Nandi with six different dravyas including milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water
2. Depending on the purpose of puja, additional abhishiek is done through
For Financial gain – Sugarcane juice
For reducing enmity – Sarson oil
For gain of children – Milk
For health improvements – Kusha jal
3. Chant Rudhrastri path, Chamakam and Dasa Shanthi
4. Perform a puja, followed by Arti and offering of Prasad to the deity
Note: Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious day to perform Kal Sarp Dosh puja.
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