Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in His devotees.
Lord Siva has white complexion. What is the significance of white color? He teaches silently that people should have pure heart and entertain pure thoughts and should be free from crookedness, diplomacy, jealousy, hatred etc..
Rishabha or the bull represents Dharma Devata. Lord Siva rides on the bull. Bull is His vehicle. This denotes that Lord Shiva is the protector of Dharma, is an embodiment of Dharma or righteousness.
The popular belief is that the Siva Lingam represents the phallus or the virile organ, the emblem of the generative power or principle in nature. This is not only a serious mistake, but a grave blunder. In the post-Vedic period, the Linga became symbolical of the generative power of Lord Siva. Linga is the differentiating mark. It is certainly not the sex-mark.
Linga means “mark”, in Sanskrit. It is a symbol which points to an inference. When you see a big flood in a river, you infer that there had been heavy rains the previous day. When you see smoke, you infer that there is fire.The Siva Linga is a symbol of Lord Siva. When you look at the Linga, your mind is at once elevated and you begin to think of the Lord.
Some specifications related to Shiva Puja Shiva Puja is one of the most important religious rituals related to Hindu religion, which is done to worship the Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is considered as the most powerful God, who is an indispensable part of the holy Trinity- Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Mahesh/Shiva is the destroyer. Shiva Puja is done by the followers to please Lord Shiva and he is known to be pleased very easily. In this puja the mantra of “Om Namah Shivay” is chanted by the devotees.
When to do Shiva Puja?
However, there are some specific festivals/occasions related to Lord Shiva on which the Shiva Puja is performed, but it is considered to be most beneficial if done in the Shrawan month. And Monday is the day on which Shiva Puja is performed. So, performing Shiva Puja on the Mondays of Shrawan month has its own significance. For completing the Shiva Puja in this month, you are required to do fasting on every Monday of this month. Along with that, you should read the path of Laghurudra, Atirudra and Maharudra. The other days on which you can do this Puja are the monthly Shivratri, Ekadashi, Amavasya, Poornima, Teej, Month of Shravan and Mahashivratri festival. Shiv Puja is also done by unmarried girls after they do fasting for consecutive 16 Mondays. Girls do this fasting and pray to Lord Shiva for blessing them with a loving and caring husband just like Him. In is not only that, married women also do fasting for Lord Shiva and pray for the long life of their husbands. Usually, Panchamrit is offered to Lord Shiva while performing Shiva Puja. This panchamrit is a special mixture of milk, gangajal, saffron, water and honey/sugar. However, there are some specifications related to the Shiva Puja which we are going to discuss below.
Some specifications of the Shiva Puja
• Shivling, the representation of Lord Shiva, should be offered milk by using a steel container.
• Water to the Shivling should be offered by a bronze container.
• Sandalwood tilak is put on all the idols belonging to the Shiva’s family. It includes the idol of Lord Shiva, Ma Parvati (his wife), Lord Karthikey and Lord Ganesha, Shesh Naag (the snake which coils around the Lord Shiva’s Neck) and Nandi (Lord Shiva’s Vahan).
• White flowers should be showered after doing the tilak ceremony because Shivji Likes the white flowers most. You can use a single or multiple varieties of flowers.
All the above mentioned offerings are offered on the general occasions. But, on the special occasions like Shivratri, devotees offer many other offerings which are Bel, Bel leaves, rice grains and gangajal. After all the offerings are made, Shiva Chalisa is recited by the devotees, which is then followed by many other mantras. And as the benefits of Shiva Puja are great, devotees can do this Puja on any Monday when they wish to. Whether you want to gain knowledge, intelligence, purified soul, inner peace, salvation or overall good life, you can do this Puja.
Benefits of Shiva Puja:
2.Gives Moksha State.
3.Gives Long Life.
4.Gives Good Children.
6.Frees from debts.
7.Gives good health and removes enmity.
8.Removes fear of death.
9.Gives enjoyment and full satisfaction in life.
10.Gives majestic life.
11.Gives Lakshmi’s Grace.