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Monday, March 8, 2021

Lord Shiva ideology and importance of Mahashivaratri.

Lord Shiva ideology and importance of Mahashivaratri.

There are many temples of Hindu deities in India, religiously and spiritually.  From Himalayas in the north to Kanya Kumari in the south, the large series of temples of Lord Shiva is a symbol of our faith in Bholenath.  Shiva has been called Rudra since Vedic times.  In the Shiva Purana is told the glory of Shiva's Dwadas Jyotirlinga's darshana.

Lord Shiva is known by many names like Devadhideva, Mahadeva, Shankar, Neelkanth, Bholenath, Shiva-Shambhu, Mahesh and Bhole Bhandari.  It is said that whoever worships Bhole Bhandari with body-mind with full devotion gets desired results. He can not see  in the sorrow and troubles of his devotees.  On the occasion of Mahashivratri, devotees stay hungry-thirstily all day long and offer water to Shivlinga and try to please him.  Shivaratri is very important in Hinduism.  Every year this day celebrate on the Trayodashi date of the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month.  Swayambhu Shivji is worshiped on Mahashivaratri.

In India, there are many famous temples such as Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, Somnath in Gujarat, Mahakal in Ujjain, Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi, Amarnath on Himalayas, Lingaraja in Bhubaneswar, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Many devotees visit in such as place every year.  Maha Shivaratri is the great festival of worship of Lord Shiva.  Innumerable Shiva temples resonate with the sound of Bam Bhole and this echo resonates with full reverence in India as well as abroad across the  seas.

In India, there has been a practice of preserving and upholding values ​​for human welfare since the beginning of this creation . Which is full of desire for universal bondage.  Where the whole world is seen by the concept of Vaisudhaiva Kutumbakam.  Vedic and mythological texts are clearly conveying the message of mutual cooperation, goodwill, mercy, forgiveness, courage, patience, also it have been giving the message of valor among mankind since ages.

Whether it is Gita, Bhagwata Purana, Shiva Purana, Linga Purana or Ramayana in the accepted and authentic texts of Hindu religion, the preeminence of karma has been accepted in all and according to that every person gets  good-bad results. The results of the karmas ,  if not today surely tomorrow will have to be suffered.  Because the spirit of universal good and welfare of others has been a habit of God and divine power.  The spirit of goodwill, benevolence continues to be transmitted in human beings only with the help and devotion of God. Every human should be happy, their intellect should be pure, their body beautiful-mind happy, they gets divinity, also they gets relief from the frustrations of the mind, malaise, guilt, disease, fear, pain, debts. And they may be get the darshana of the Supreme God. They may be successful in achieving the ultimate goal of life by being a part of human's salvation, in order to achieve this goal, the repetition of various ritual festivals in Hinduism continues to be a continuous process of worship of their respective deities.

In the same sequence, to obtain the blessings of the supreme benevolent Lord Shiva, the fast of Mahashivaraatri celebrate.  Shiva is the God of all, the father-Lord of the world, the supreme master of all the vidyas, he is Shamsan vaasi , he is the Ardhnaarishwar, everything is Shiva, Shiva is everywhere. Lord Shiva is the God of the Gods, who is also known as Mahadev.  Shiva is the shelter of all.  Since all those who have shelter are also revered for all, so therefore Mahashivaratri is worshiped in many countries of the world including India. Because this date is very dear to Lord Shiva.  The Shivalinga was first time appear on this day.  In the ancient time, Shiva Parvati was married on this day.  Thus, there are many reasons the festival of Mahashivaratri is celebrated on this day.  Children, youth, old men, women and men can observe this fast with faith-devotion.  The subjects of this fast are found in the Puranas related to different contexts.

Bholenath is a very simple nature, omnipresent and the God who is pleased very soon by the devotees.  If in front of him,  demons also came to ask for boon, he do not back down in giving desired boon.

Once, a demon name Bhasmasura pleased Bhole Shankar by devotion and Bholenath appeared in front of him with Mata Parvati.  He told Bhasmasura to ask for a boon.  Seeing Maa Parvati with Shiva, he becomes fascinated on maa Parvati.  But how to ask for her!  Considering this, he asks for a boon that if I lay hands on the anybody head, should be consumed immediately and Lord Shiva is naive in nature.  He spoke in happiness - so be it !

Bhole Shankar starts going by saying so be it.  At the same time Bhasmasura comes to behind him for consume .  Now Bholenath understood that he wants to try my boon on me.  Bholenath runs to save his life and hides inside a cave.  Bhasmasura sits at the entrance of the cave and looks forward to the exit of Lord Shiva.  Lord Narayana was watching all this leela.

Lord Vishnu Narayan immediately comes to fascinate Bhasmasura by taking  the form of Mohini.  Lord Vishnu starts dancing to fascinate Bhasmasura and incites Bhasmasura to dance as well.  Bhasmasur is so fascinated with Mohini that he loses his consciousness  and starts dancing with her.  Mohini makes a dance pose by dancing with own hand on her head. After seeing him, Bhasmasura also puts his hand on his head and he is consumed.  Shiva is a donor for everyone, who gives them the same boon as he demands. Shiva's worship, which has been doing by Gods, humans, demons, Yaksha and sages etc. since ancient time.

The God who is of the most importance in India, he is only Lord Shiva, who is still as much venerable and revered in the whole of India as the centuries before.  It can be inferred from this that the many number of temples or pilgrimage places across the country belong to Lord Shiva and not to any other deity.  Even today, the worship of Lord Shiva is widely done all over the country.  This is the reason that 'Mahashivratri' festival has the status of a national festival in India.

Lord Shiva is considered a symbol of India's emotional and national unity & integrity, while Maha Shivaratri festival is considered a living symbol of national goodwill.  There is hardly any village in India where there is no temple or Shivling of Lord Shiva established.  If there is not even a Shiva temple, then there surely will be found Shivlinga situated  under a tree or on a platform.

Now the question is that just as the birthday of various legends is celebrated as their 'Jayanti(anniversary)', why is the birthday of Lord Shiva celebrated as 'Night' instead of their 'Jayanti'?  The reason for this is probably that the night has been considered a symbol of sinfulness, ignorance and tamoguna, and in the Kaliyuga, saint, human ,seeker, a common man, that is, everyone is unhappy, so every year to destroy these evils form . Every year in the world a divine light descends and this night is 'Shivaratri'.

The literal meaning of 'Shiva' and 'Raatri' is stated in a religious book, "In which the whole world sleeps, which is devoid of disorder, it is Shiva or the one who destroy the inauspicious, He is form of happiness & auspicious. Lord Shiva is karunasagar who merges the whole world into himself.

The God who is eternal, true, base of world, devoid of disorder, witnessing is Shiva. Shiva in the form of Mahasamudra is an unbroken supreme element, many of its various elements are worshiped by many names, he is omnipresent and supremepower, he expressly and implicitly called 'Saguna Ishwara' and 'Nirguna Brahm' and also he is the divine, soul of world, Atma, Shambhava, Mayobhav, Shankar, Mayaskar, Shiva, Rudra etc. are addressed by many names. ''

Pt. Sriram Sharma Acharya Ji has explained the philosophy of Lord Shankar Ji's true nature in such a way that everyone can become like Shiva in life,

Discussion about Shivalingas becomes necessary here because the origin of the linga on the day of Mahashivaraatri.  Although the number of linga is many thousands according to the scriptures, in which there is a very detailed description of the structure and glory of each linga.  Here a brief description of the names of the major twelve (Dwadash Jyotirlinga) Shiva lingas etc. is being done.  There is great glory of these Shiva lingas, just by remembering these lingas all the sins of the person are released.  And he gets happiness and peace. It is a matter of seeing and worshiping these Shivalinga, who is going to fulfill all desires.  It is by the grace of Shiva that peoples gets the privilege of linga darshana in the life.

* Jyotirylinga

1. The name of the first Jyotirlinga is Somnath, located in Veraval Saurashtra Gujarat near Prabhas Patan, India.
 2. The name of  second Jyotirlinga is Mallikarjuna locate at Sri Shail mountain Andhra Pradesh on the banks of Krishna river.
 3. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is on the banks of river Kshipra in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
 4. Omkareshwar, Jyotirlinga (Mandhata) is an island in the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.
 5. Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is located about 150 miles from Haridwar in the inaccessible region of the Himalayas.
6. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Dakini region is on the banks of Bhima River in Taluka Khed district Pune Maharashtra. shree Bhimshankar It is about 170 km from Nashik.
7.  Vishveshwar (Kashi Vishwa Nath) Jyotirlinga This is the situated on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh of the city of Varanasi.
 8. The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is located on the banks of the Godavari River in Nashik, about 3० km from Maharashtra.
 9. Vaidyanath Dham, Jyotirlinga Parli District, Beed Village, Maharashtra and the other is today in Deoghar of Jharkhand (formerly Bihar).
10. Jyotirlinga Darukwan Aundh District Hingoli is in Maharashtra, second Almora is in Uttarakhand.
11.  Sri Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga is located in Kanyakumari near Sethu Bandha in Tamil Nadu.
12. Ghumeshwar Jyotirlinga is in Veshal village near Ellora cave in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra.

The great glory of these twelve Jyotirlingas is said in the Veda-Puranas.  Who is going to give salvation to everyone with all the desired results like happiness, wealth, knowledge, prosperity, longage etc.

* Shivlinga

Shivlinga is a symbol of Lord Shiva.  Shiva means welfare and Linga means creation. Linga is worshiped as a creator. In Sanskrit, Linga means symbol. Lord Shiva is the symbol of eternity. According to beliefs, the linga is a giant cosmic ovary, which means the universe. It is also considered a symbol of the universe.

Lingam means identity, the symbol by which you can recognize the truth, know the reality.  One who is presently invisible but can be identified by a sign is a Shivalinga.  When a child is born, how do you identify whether the child is a boy or a girl?  Only through a part of the body can you identify the child whether he is a boy or a girl.  This is why genitalia are also called lingams.

Similarly, how can you identify the creator of this world?  He has no form!  That is why it was said that a mark should be made to identify him.  The symbol by which you are able to distinguish between male and female is a combination of the two, a symbol of the lord who has no form or symbol of his own - which is omnipresent in this entire universe - this is Shivalinga.

Shiva Linga is very ancient.  It is actually the most ancient.  Through the Shivalinga you go from the real to the formless.  It is a symbol that represents both the creation and the creator by the same form.  It represents Shiva and Shakti, both the principles of creation.  The simultaneous expression of incognito silence and manifest dynamism is in the form of a Shivalinga.  The Shivalinga is not just Shiva but the complete manifestation of the entire Supreme Consciousness.

 * Shiva's vehicle  "Nandi"

Shiva's vehicle bull is also a source of strength. Sober - Sattvic bull is a symbol of strength, a symbol of courage. To saying own words in Nandi's ears it reaches to Shiva.

Nandi and Shiva are really the same.  Shiva was born as Nandi.  Legend has it that a sage named Shilad became free from worldly affection  and got absorbed in austerity.  Due to this his ancestors and Pitra got worried  that their dynasty would end.  On the advice of the pitras, Shilad meditated on Shiva and obtained an immortal son who became known as Nandi.  Being part of Shiva, Nandi wanted to be close to Shiva.  With the penance of Shiva, Nandi became prominent in Shiva's ganas and got the privilege of becoming Shiva's vehicle in bull form. The bull has been considered a symbol of religion around the world for a long time.  Lord Shiva walking on the bull means that when you walk on the path of dharma and truth, then the divine infinite consciousness and innocent consciousness stays with you.

* Moon - Peace, Balance

Moon is adorned on Shivji's forehead.  Moon is a executant of mind.  The Moon controls the mind.  According to Shiva Purana, the moon was married to 27 daughters of Daksha Prajapati.  These girls are 27 constellations.  Among these, the moon had special affection for Rohini.

When other girls complained to Daksha, Daksha cursed the moon to decay.  To avoid this curse, the moon meditated on Lord Shiva.  Pleased with the austerity of the moon, Shiva saved the life of the moon and placed it on his head.  The place where the moon did penance is called Somnath.  It is believed that the moon keeps on decreasing-increasing due to the curse of Daksha.

Shiva tattva is that element which is beyond the mind.  The Moon is a symbol of the mind.  How can one express the nirgun(formless) state beyond the mind?  How can one understand this inexplicable situation?  It is necessary to use a little bit of psyche to understand, experience and express.  Some mind is needed to express the latent, infinite, subconscious state in the visible world.  Therefore, to express the avyakt(indistinct), it is a thin moon on the crest of Shiva, which signifies the mind.

Brahmgyan is beyond the mind, but it requires a little psyche to express it - this is the symbol of Chandrasekhar.
 The moon is a symbol of the mind's friendly state, the moon is also a symbol of complete knowledge, Lord Shankara's devotee's mind is always cheerful like the moon and happy without fear  .

* Maa Ganga's stream on lord shiva's forehead.

The incident of Ganga seated on the forehead of Lord Shiva is believed to be related to King Bhagiratha.  Legend has it that Bhagiratha had descended the Ganges from heaven to earth to liberate the sons of his ancestor Sagara.  But there are many stories behind this story from which Bhagiratha's attempt was successful. It is said that Brahma's daughter Ganga was very humorous. One day when Durvasa Rishi came to bathe in the river, his clothes flew from the wind and then Ganga laughed.

Angry Durvasa cursed Ganga that you will go to earth and sinners will wash their sins in you.  After this incident, Bhagiratha's tenacity began and Lord Shiva granted a boon to Bhagiratha and told Ganga to come from heaven to earth.  But to protect the earth from the velocity of the Ganges, Shiva ji had to tie her in his jatas.  The story also says that Ganga wanted to be close to Shiva, so she took a severe form before descending  on earth.  To handle this situation, Shiva gave Ganga a place in his jata.

Ganga means knowledge;  The knowledge that purifies our soul.  The forehead has always been a symbol of knowledge.  Heart is a symbol of love.  If Ganga meant love, she would have been portrayed as coming out of the heart of Lord Shiva.  She is coming out of the head because it means only knowledge.

Knowledge gives salvation , knowledge brings freedom, knowledge purifies.  These are all signs of knowledge.  Knowledge has state, there is a flow in it.  That is why Ganga (knowledge) is depicted coming out of the head of Lord Shiva (Divinity).

The flow of the Ganges from the head means the Gyanaganga.  Ganga ji comes here as a powerful spiritual force of knowledge.  Mother Ganga takes shelter in whose jata, which is full of the store of knowledge, which will make the environment happy and peaceful, fill the ignorant people who come to the shelter with the light of knowledge.  Only a great man with the determination power like Shiva could keep the Ganges of Brahmgyan and make it flow for public benefit.

* The third eye of lord Shiva

The third eye, that is, the enlightenment, the visionary prudence, by which Kamadeva was burnt to ashes.  The third eye has given to every human being by the creator. Under normal circumstances, this is awake as a conscience, but that is so strong and complete in himself that even a deep rage like lust cannot spoil it.  The ability to burn them also remains in his conscience.

* Tripund tilak on Shiva forehead.

Tripund tilak on the forehead of Shiva is considered a symbol of three guna (qualities).  It is also considered a symbol of Raz, Tama and Satt guna.  But how these three lines of ash came to Shiva's forehead is a very interesting story.

According to the Puranas, after the self-immolation of Sati in the Yajna Kund of Daksha Prajapati, Lord Shiva takes a fiery form and takes the body of Sati on the shoulder and makes an outcry in Trilok.  Finally, Vishnu cut the body of Sati from the chakra.  After this, Lord Shiva rubs the ashes of Havan Kund on his forehead and thus places the memory of Sati on the forehead in the form of Tripunda.
* Snake around Lord Shiva's neck

The garland of snakes is always wrapped around Shiva's neck.  It is believed that Lord Shiva drank the poison emitted during the churning of the ocean and took welfare of everyone.  It is said that Vasuki Nag was an ardent devotee of Shiva.  Pleased with his devotion, Shiva made him the king of Nagaloka and also blessed him to be stay around his neck like a jewel.

The state of samadhi - where nothing happens - only chidakash(universal soul) - that is Shiva;  The state in which you remain alert but have no action.  This alertness is depicted by putting a snake around Shiva's neck.  That is, the snake is a symbol of alertness. When the eyes are closed in the state of meditation, then it appears that the person is sleeping, but he is not asleep, he is alert.  To express this state of consciousness, a snake is shown around the neck of Shiva. Lord Shankar has used a black poisonous snake in the throat in such a way that, for him, he became profitable, useful and could not even bite.  The art of making enemies even friends.

* Neelkanth - Adoption of Intermediate Policy

Shiva carried the halal poison around his neck, neither spill out nor drank.  If spill out poison it spread in the environment, if when he drinking poison then stomach uproar.  It is learned from this that neither poisoning is acceptable , nor can it be spill out by disturbance.  Keep it restricted to the throat.

Intermediate policy is adopted, as if the Yogi Siddha men have no effect on the world's sorrow,pain,insult and bitterness. He accepts them as ordinary events and keeps his spiritual instinct of world welfare fixed.  He himself drinks poison, but keeps donating nectar for others.  This is Yogasiddhi.

* Munda mala - the ultimate culmination of life

Both king and general peoples leave this body . They are all threaded together, this is the Samvata Yoga, the face that we see many times in the mirror, decorating it, it is just a piece of the bones .  The outer pieces of the color that we see, exposing it, you will find that only the piece of bone is lying behind the beauty of human being.

* Damru

Shiva also has Damru in his hands.  Religious belief is that Lord Shiva is the father of music.  The story of Bhagwan Shiva coming to Damru in hand is very interesting.  At the beginning of creation, when Goddess Saraswati appeared, the Goddess gave birth to sound in the creation with the tone of her veena. But this sound was devoid of tone and music.  At that time Lord Shiva vibrate damru fourteen times with dancing and this damru's sound produduced grammar and music's stanza,tone,tune etc.   It is said that Damru is the form of Brahma which is seen from far away to show very huge, but as we get closer to Brahma, it gets compressed and merges with the other end and then moves towards vastness. Lord Shiva appeared with it to balance the universe.

Shiva also plays Damru and dances when he has fun. It is a symbol of the fun of Pralayankar. A person is depressed, frustrated and disillusioned, does not sit and lose his available powers, live a happy life. This is what Shiva does, adopting the same policy. His Damru is a symbol of knowledge, art, literature and victory. This repeatedly says that Shiva is the god of welfare. In every word of his, the sound of satyam, shivam comes out.

Damru is the symbol of this universe.  The universe is always expanding and disappearing. It expands, merges and then expands again, this is the law of creation. If you look at your heartbeat, you will find that it does not just move in a straight line, it has a rhythm that is up and down. There are different rhythms all over the world;  Energy rises and falls and is resurrected again.  Damru is a symbol of this.  Look at the shape of the damru - first it is widened, then it becomes thinner and widens again.

Damru is also a symbol of sound.  Sound is rhythm, sound is energy.  This entire universe is just a beam of waves - it has only different vibrations.  Quantum physics also says the same - the whole universe is nothing but waves.  That is only one wave (advaita).  That is, the damru symbolizes the monotheistic nature of the universe.

* Trishul(Trident) - Knowledge, Karma and Devotion

Trishul (Trident) one such weapon which can destroy greed, fascination, arrogance these three bondage and establish justification in every sphere , this weapon is held in the form of trishul - the sharp flow of knowledge, deeds and devotion.

The trident represents the three aspects of consciousness - awakening, dreaming and sleepiness, and it also symbolizes three qualities - sattva, rajas and tamas.  Shiva holding  the trident signifies that Shiva (divinity) is beyond all the three stages - awake, dream and sleep, and yet he is holding all three. Shul means problems or sorrow.  Trishul means - the one who ends all suffering.  And it is in the hands of Shiva.

There are three levels of anguish  in life: -

 1. Adibhautik (physical) 

 2. Adhytmik (Spiritual-mental)

 3.Adidaivik (invisible)

All these anguish and sufferings end by the trishul (trident) - and it is in the hands of Shiva. There is always a trishul in the hands of Lord Shiva.  It is believed that when Shiva appeared from the Brahmnad in the beginning of the universe, along with Raja, Tama and Sat, these three guna (qualities) also appeared. These three qualities became the three prongs ie trishul of Lord Shiva.  Without reconciliation between them, the operation of creation was difficult.  Therefore Shiva held these three qualities in his hands in the form of a trident.

* Baaghambar

Shiva wears tiger skin. Just like a tiger in life, courage and bravery are required by which to fight perversion and undesirable.

* Ash on body - unaffected by change

The entire body of Shiva is covered with ash.  Bhabhuta(ash) is considered a symbol of salvation from all the shackles, that is, fascination and attraction have no effect on it. Shiva rubs the ash of the dead body on the  his body, so that the weather effects are not affected.  Whoever sees death as intertwined with life is not attacked by the anger of pain nor by the coldness of fear, he remains a fearless choice.

* Ruler of the crematoriums

He is called ruler of crematoriums. He keep dropping the yellow leaves of autumn and feeding on the spring's leaves and flowers, the death is not frightening and there is no imperfection in it, the dirt which spreads through rottenness, the  no longer question of decay if the body was duly cremated , every person should have knowledge of Shiv Satta as a death, so he has put his camp in the crematorium.

* Residence in Himalaya

Shivatattva attains the heights of successes by battling the hardships of life.  Life is full of struggles.  Just as there is a fear of a dreaded animal in the himalayas, there is a struggle life.  The Shiva devotee does not panic with it, making it useful and attains the heights of the himalayas. Shiva resides on Mount Kailash and also is in the crematorium.  Kailash means 'where there is only joy', and cremation means 'where there is only zero'.  Divinity is found in nothingness or in any celebration.  And there is also void and celebration within you.

* A householder Yogi

Being a complete Yogi despite being a householder is an important event in the life of shiva.  He is a yogi even while keeping the worldly system, following full celibacy, also seeing his wife as own self power, this is the second ideology of is greatness, Riddhi-Siddhi feel pride in being near him.  Here he has proved that even as a householder, the work of welfare is not impossible, by keeping purity in life, it can be accomplished by laughing and playing.

* Pashupatinath

Shiva has been called Pashupati.  It is the job of Pashupati to control the maladies and vicious tendencies within the periphery of animalism.  When an animal living in the form of a male animal comes under the shelter of the welfare worker Shiva, the animalism is easily disposed of and humanity and divinity begin to develop respectively.

* Lord shiva fully dedicated for his gana

Shankar ji has taken care of the ghosts, the helpless, the backward and has taken them in his marriage.  That is, by always taking the backward, the handicapped, the deranged together, the purpose of service-cooperation .

* Lord Shiva's family- An ideal family

In Shiva's family, all are rich in individualism  and very useful in their personalities. In Shiva's family along with Shiva , ardhangani maa Bhavani, eldest son Devsenapati Karthikeya and younger son are the first worshipers Ganapati. Naturally bull-lion, snake-peacock are enemies . But they are with each other in the family due to Shivattava.

* Blessing of Shiva

Bhaang-bhang means breach - destruction, dissolution of the unity of maya and jiva, dissolution of ignorance's cover, dissolution of narrow selfishness, dissolution of evil - sin.  This is the delicious food of Shiva.  Where the blessings of Shiva will be there, the darkness of night will be dissolving and auspicious sun will be giving  virtuous darshan.

* Belapatra

Grind the belapatra with water and drink it, human can live without food for many days, the body can remain completely stable, the senses of the body and the vices of the fickle mind are concentrated and the esoteric element awakens power  , so belapatra is accepted for the attainment of Shivatattva.

* Shiva-mantra "Om Namah Shivaya"

"Shiva" means welfare, we should take steps keeping in view of welfare and every action - activity and way of thinking should be created - this is the meaning of the word Shiva.  Where is our pleasure, not this but where is our welfare? If our vision of welfare is born, then we can say that we have come to know the meaning of lord Shiva's name.  Mantra chanting is the work of remembering this sentiment again and again.

Om Namah Shivaaya is one of the most powerful mantras.  It activates the body and purifies the environment.  Mantras are sounds that help in the upliftment of consciousness.

* Mahamrityunjay Mantra.

In the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, Shiva is called Trimbak and Sugandhi Pushti Vardhanam, Vivek Daan devotion is called Trivarga, Knowledge, Karma and Bhakti is also Trimbak, by adopting this Trivarga, the personality of a human being is satisfied  and matured from every point of view . The same mystery is inaugurated in great detail in the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, then he attains the immortality of salvation like a melon, freeing himself from death, freeing him from the fear of death.

*The meaning of lord Shiva's worship.

Contemplating and trying to receive it, trying to move on that path, the true worshipers of Shiva are those who abandon their selfishness in their minds and adopt the attitude of philanthropy.

* Why  Shiva's body color is blue?

 Blue means infinite, like the sky.  The blue color symbolizes infinity, which is infinite and omnipresent.  It has no form.  Shiva has no body.  Shiva never came as a person.  The ancient sages created a form of Shiva to symbolically symbolize that unfathomable, infinite divinity and to give the knowledge of Shiva for general public to create a divine form. There is no form of knowledge, but it is ingrained in every particle of the universe. The whole world is Shivamaya - his body is the whole universe.

* Tandava------

 The whole creation is the dance of the same consciousness (Shiva).  A consciousness danced and appeared in millions of species of creation.  Therefore this infinite creation is the dance of Lord Shiva or Shiva's Tandava.  The whole world is the abode of Shiva.

* Message of Mahashivraatri------

Among the many characteristics of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the biggest feature is that this husband and wife.  When living in private, they convert that solitude of marriage into divinity.  The biggest message of the festival of Shivaratri is that the relationship that is at the center of the families of India is from the husband and wife.  This relationship seems very sweet in public.

couples also seem devoted to each other, but the reality of this relationship comes to light when men and women are in solitude as husband and wife.  Parvatiji was a very settled woman.  The world knows the same conversation as the Ramkatha, the questions she asked her husband Shiva in the solitude of the marriage.

Slowly, Parvatiji kept asking deep questions, Shivji kept answering.  Literature like Yogasutra and Tantrasutra were also given to the world by this divine couple through their mutual conversation.  Today, if the husband and wife save their solitude, be alone and be loving, be honest, then it has the biggest impact on the child. Parents and children, if their synergy is correct, no one can break the families of India.  Therefore, the festival of Shivaratri should be celebrated specially in families, assuming that the husband-wife relationship in the center is like Shiva-Parvati.  Shiva and Parvati are the names of divine solitude, mutual understanding and a special understanding towards children.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

|| Shri Ghumeshwar Jyotirlinga ||

|| Shri Ghumeshwar Jyotirlinga ||

 This is the last Jyotirlinga in Dwadash (Twelve) Jyotirlingas. It is also called Ghushmeshwar, Ghudrneshwar or Ghrishneshwar. It is located near Verulgaon, twelve miles away from Daulatabad in the state of Maharashtra.

This legend is described in the Puranas about this Jyotirlinga - Near the Devgiriparvat in the south, there lived a very bright Taponishta Brahmin named Sudharma. His wife's name was Sudeha. The two had a lot of mutual love. He had no trouble of any kind. But they had no child.
Astrology-calculation showed that child birth cannot be possible from Sudeha's womb. Sudeha was very keen on children. She urges Sudharma to remarry to her younger sister.
At first Sudharma did not think about this. But in the end, he had to bow to the wife's insistence. They could not defer his request. He married his wife's younger sister Ghushma and brought them home. Ghushma was a very gracious and virtuous woman. She was the exclusive devotee of Lord Shiva. She used to worship him with true devotion of heart by making one hundred and one parthiv (soil ) shivling every day

By the grace of Lord Shiva, a very beautiful and healthy child was born from his womb just a few days later. The birth of the child  cross the pleasure of both Sudeha and Ghushma. Both days were passing by very comfortably. But do not know how soon after a few days a misconception was born in Sudeha's mind. She started thinking, I have nothing in this house. Everything belongs to Ghushma.
She also took control of my husband. She also has children. This bad thought was slowly-slowly grow in her mind. Here Ghushma's child was also growing up. Gradually he became young. He was also married. By now, the sprouted form of Sudharma's mind had taken the form of a huge tree. Finally one day he killed Ghushma's young son while sleeping at night. Taking his dead body, she threw it in the same pond in which Ghushma used to throw the parthiv Shivling daily.

Everyone came to know about this in the morning. There was a furore in the whole house. Both Sudharma and his daughter-in-law beat their heads and wept bitterly. But Ghushma, as usual, was engrossed in worshiping Lord Shiva. As if nothing has happened. After finishing the puja, she started to leave the parthiv Shivlingas in the pond. When she started returning from the pond, her beloved Lal (son) was seen coming out of the pond. He came as usual and fell at the feet of Ghushma.
As if he was come to walking around from somewhere. At the same time Lord Shiva also appeared there and started asking Ghushma to ask for the boon. Mahadeva was extremely angry with Sudeha's scandalous work. Shiva was looking forward to cutting Sudeha's throat by his trident. Ghushma folded her hands and said to Lord Shiva - 'Prabhu! If you are happy with me, then forgive my unfortunate sister. Surely she has committed a very heinous sin, but by your mercy I got my son back. Now you forgive him.

My one more prayer is, for the welfare of the people, you should stay in this place forever. ' Lord Shiva accepted both of these things. Appearing as Jyotirlinga, he started living there. He became famous here by the name of Ghushmeshwar Mahadev because he was adorable of Ghushma devotee .

 The glory of Ghushmeshwar-Jyotirlinga is described in great detail in the Puranas. His darshan is unfathomable for both people and the world.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Bhimeshwar Jyotirlinga

Bhimeshwar Jyotirlinga

 Bhimeshwar Jyotirlinga fulfills all desires…

 Sri Bhimeshwar Jyotirlinga is situated on the Sahyadri hill, about 100 km from Pune. It is also called Bhimashankar. The legend about the establishment of this Jyotirlinga is described in the Shiv Purana that in ancient times there was a great demon named Bhima. He lived with his mother in Kamarupa Pradesh. He was the son of Kumbhakarna, the younger brother of the demon king Ravana, the Mahabali (powerful) demon. But he had never seen his father.

Kumbhakarna was killed by Lord Rama before he could be sensed. When he attained puberty, his mother told him all the things. The Mahabali demon became extremely angry on hearing of his father's slaughter by Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Now he started thinking of the solution of the slaughter of Lord Hari.
He did hard penance for a thousand years to achieve his desired. Pleased with his penance, Brahmaji gave him the boon of public victory. Now that demon began to torment all beings due to the influence of that boon of Brahma. He attacked Devaloka and drove all the gods etc. and Indra out of there.

Bheem was now new king of the entire heaven.

After defeating the gods, he attacked the great Shiva devotee King Sudakshin and made him captive with ministers and followers. In this way, he gradually acquired his authority over all the worlds.
Due to his atrocities, Vedas, Puranas, scriptures and smrutis were completely omitted. He did not allow anyone to do any religious act. In this way, all the work of Yajna, charity, meditation, self-study etc. stopped.
Fearing the horrors of Bhima's atrocities, the sages and gods went to Lord Shiva's shelter and asked him to take care of himself and all other beings. Hearing this prayer, Lord Shiva said- 'I will kill that tyrannical monster soon. He has also arrested my dear devotee, Kamarupa-Naresh Sudakshin along with his servants. That tyrannical demon is no longer entitled to live any longer. '
After receiving this assurance from Lord Shiva, the sages and the gods returned to their respective places.

Here, King Sudakshin, lying in the prison house of demon Bhima, meditated on Lord Shiva. They were doing archana( Worship) by placing the parthiv(earthly) Shivling in front of them. Seeing them doing this, the demon Bhima attacked the parthiv Shivling with his sword. But the touch of his sword could not be found with the Ling that the Shankaraji appeared from within him. With his roars, he burnt the demon there.
Seeing this amazing act of Lord Shiva, all the sages and gods started praising him there. They prayed to Lord Shiva that Mahadev! Now stay here forever for public welfare. This area has been described as impure in the scriptures. From your abode it will become the ultimate sacred virtue area.

Lord Shiva accepted all this prayer. There he started living forever as a Jyotirlinga. This Jyotirlinga of his became famous by the name of Bhimeshwar.

This story is given in full detail in Shivpuran. The glory of this Jyotirlinga is unfailing. The results of its philosophy never go in vain. All the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled by coming here.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Sri Rameshwar Jyotirlinga

| Sri Rameshwar Jyotirlinga ||


This Jyotirlinga was founded by Maryada Purushottam Lord Sriramandraji. Its glory is described in detail in Skandapurana. This story is told about it - when Lord Sri Ramandraji was going to attack Lanka, he worshiped it by making a Shivling from the sand of the sea.

It is also said that Lord Rama was drinking water while staying at this place, that there was a voice in the sky that you drink water without worshiping me? Hearing this speech, Lord Shri Ram made a Shiva lingam from the sand and worshiped it and asked Lord Shiva to win the victory over Ravana. Mahadeva gave this boon to Lord Shri Ram with pleasure. Lord Shiva also accepted everyone's request to reside there as a Jyotirlinga for public welfare. Since then this Jyotirlinga sits here.

A second story about this Jyotirlinga is said in this way -

 When Lord Shri Ram was returning after killing Ravana, he made his first stop on the Gandhamadan mountain across the sea. There many sages and saints came to see Lord Shri Ram. Honoring them all, Lord Rama told them that due to the kill of Ravana, a descendant of Pulasya, I have been charged with the sin of brahmahatyaa , you  theologian tell me some way of absolutness . Hearing this, all the sages and saints present there said with one voice that you should establish the Shivling here. With this you will get rid of the sin of killing Brahman.

Lord Shri Ram, accepting this, ordered Hanumanji to go to Mount Kailas and bring Shivalinga from there. Hanumanji reached there immediately but he did not see Lord Shiva there at that time. So they started doing penance by sitting there to get their darshan. After some time, Hanumanji returned with Shivling after getting the darshan of Shiva, but by then, the work of establishing the linga had been done by Sitaji here in the hope of passing away auspicious time.

Hanumanji was very sad to see all this. He narrated his agony to Lord Shri Ram. God told Hanumanji that the reason for the establishment of the first linga is that if you want, remove this linga from here and remove it. Hanumanji started getting rid of that linga with great pleasure, but even after doing a lot of attempt, he did not moved own place.

In the end, he tried to uproot the Shivling by wrapping it in his tail, yet he remained unmoved as ever. On the contrary, Hanuman ji fell on
by pushing and became unconscious . Seeing that blood started flowing from his body, all the people got very upset. Mother Sita started crying mournfully on the body of her Hanuman, beloved of her son.

When the unconsciousness was removed, Hanumanji saw Lord Shri Ram as the ultimate brahma. God enlightened him by telling him the glory of Shankar. The linga brought by Hanumanji was also established nearby.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

|| Shri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga ||

|| Shri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga ||

 This famous Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is located about 17 miles from Dwarkapuri in Gujarat province. The scriptures of the philosophy of this sacred Jyotirlinga are told in great glory. It has been said that the one who will listen to the story of its origin and greatness devoutly, will get rid of all sins and enjoy all the pleasures and in the end will attain the ultimate holy abode of Lord Shiva.

In connection with this Jyotirlinga, this story is described by the Puranas-

 There was a big religious and virtuous Vaishya (buissnesman) named Supriya. He was an exclusive devotee of Lord Shiva. He was constantly engrossed in their worship, worship and meditation. He used to do all his work by offering it to Lord Shiva. With mind, speech and deeds, he was completely immersed in Shivarchan(worship of Shiva). Due to his devotion to Shiva, a demon named Daruk very aggressive with him.

He did not like this worship of Lord Shiva in any way. He constantly tried to make sure obstacles of Shiva's worship . Once, Supriya was going on a boat and going somewhere. The evil demon Daruk, seeing this opportune occasion, attacked the boat. He captured all the passengers in the boat and took him to his capital and imprisoned him. According to his routine in the Supriya prison, he started worshiping Lord Shiva.

He also began to inspire other devout travelers to Shiva devotion. When Daruk heard this news about Supriya from his servants, he became extremely angry and came to that prison. At that time, Supriya was sitting with both eyes closed at the feet of Lord Shiva. Seeing this pose of that Supriya , the Monster scolding him in a very fierce voice said- 'Hey wicked Vaishya! You are closing your eyes and thinking what there are the fuss and conspiracies here at this time? Even after he said this, the meditation of the divine Shiva devotee Supriya was not broken. Now Daruk monster got completely mad from  anger. He immediately ordered his followers to kill Supriya and all the other prisoners. Supriya was not at all distracted and frightened by his order.

He started praying to Lord Shiva for the liberation of himself and other prisoners from the concentrated mind. He had full faith that my adorable Lord Shiva would definitely rid me of this disaster. Hearing his prayer, Lord Shankarji immediately appeared as a Jyotirlinga, situated on a shining throne in a high place in that prison.

In this way, he appeared to Supriya and also gave him his Pashupat-astra. With this weapon, after killing the demon Daruk and his assistant, Supriya went to Shivdham. This Jyotirlinga was named Nageshwar according to the order of Lord Shiva.

  ♥♥ Om Har Har Mahadev♥♥

Monday, December 23, 2019

|| Shri Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga ||

|| Shri Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga ||

 This story is told about its establishment - Once Rakshasraj Ravana went to the Himalayas to do austerities to get darshan of Lord Shiva.

He cut off his head one by one and started offering it to Shivalinga. Thus he cut off his nine heads and offered them there. When he was ready to cut his tenth and final head, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him, very pleased and satisfied. Holding the hand of Ravana, who was trying to cut the head, they stopped him from doing so. He also added his nine heads as before and, being very happy, asked him to ask for the boons.

Ravana, as a boon , asked Lord Shiva permission to take that Shivling to his capital Lanka. Lord Shiva gave him this boon but also imposed a condition with him. He said, you can take Shivling but if you place it somewhere on the way, then it will become immovable there, you will not be able to lift it again.

Ravana accepted this and picked up the Shivling and left for Lanka. On the way, he felt the need to toilet  in journey . He held the Shivling in the hands of an aheer (Lord Ganesha) and went for freeing toilet problem . That Ahir felt the weight of Shivling too much and he could not handle it. Forced, he placed the Shivling on the ground.

When Ravana came back, even after trying hard, he could not lift the Shivling in any way. Finally, after getting tired, after making a mark of his thumb on that holy Shivling, he left it there and returned to Lanka. After that the gods like Brahma, Vishnu etc. came there and worshiped that Shiva Linga. In this way, they returned to their respective dhams(destination) by doing his honor there. This Jyotirlinga is known as 'Shri Vaidyanath'.

This ShriVaidyanath-Jyotirlinga is about to give eternal results . It is eleven fingers high. It has a thumb-shaped girdle on top of it. It is said that this is the mark that Ravana made from his thumb. There is a law to offer water to pilgrims from far and wide. The glory of this Jyotirlinga is very famous for the cure of disease.

It is told in the Puranas that a person who visits this Jyotirlinga gets rid of all his sins. The grace of Lord Shiva remains on him forever. The physical, divine, physical troubles do not come to him, by the grace of Lord Shankar, they gets rid of all obstacles and all diseases. They attains the ultimate peaceful Shivdham.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

|| Sri Triymbakeshwar Mahadev Jyotirlinga ||

|| Sri Triymbakeshwar Mahadev Jyotirlinga ||

 This Jyotirlinga is located 30 km west of Nashik in Maharashtra province. This story is described in Shivpuran about the establishment of this Jyotirlinga.

Once the wives of Brahmins living in Maharishi Gautama's Tapovan got angry with his wife Ahilya on something. They inspired her husbands to do damnifying work for sage Gautama. Those Brahmins worshiped Lord Shree Ganeshji for this.

Pleased with his worship , Ganesha appeared and asked him for the boon, those Brahmins said - 'Prabhu! If you are happy with us, then somehow get Rishi Gautama out of this ashram. ' On hearing this, Ganeshji exhored him to don't ask for such a boon. But they remained firm on his request.

Eventually, Ganeshji was forced to accept his word. To keep the mind of his devotees, he took the form of a weak cow and started living in the field of sage Gautama. Seeing the cow grazing the crop, the sage took a straw in his hand with great softness and grabbed it to remove from field . As soon as those straws were touched, that cow fell there itself. Now there was a big cry.

All Brahmins gathered and called Sage Gautam, and started to condemn Rishi Gautama. Rishi Gautam was very surprised and saddened by this incident. Now all those Brahmins said that you should leave this ashram and go somewhere else. Staying close to the cow-killer will also cause us sin. Being compelled, the sage Gautama started living with his wife Ahilya a curse away from there. But those Brahmins made their stay there too difficult. They started saying - 'Now you have no right to do the work of Vedas and Yajna etc. due to cow slaughter. Sage Gautama prayed to those Brahmins with utmost persuasion that you should give me any remedy for my atonement and salvation.

Then he said- 'Gautam! You can revolve the whole earth thrice by telling your sins everywhere to everyone. Then return and fast here for a month. After this, after doing 101 circumambulation of 'Brahmagiri' you will be purified or bring Gangaji here and bathe with water and worship Shiva with one crore earthly Shivalingas. After this, bathe in Gangaji again and revolve this Brahmagari 11 times. Then bathing the earthly Shivalingas with the holy water of hundred pots will save you.

According to the Brahmins' statement, Maharishi Gautama completed all those tasks and became fully meditated with his wife and started worshiping Lord Shiva. Pleased with this, Lord Shiva appeared and asked him to ask for the boon . Maharishi Gautam said to him- 'Lord, I want you to free me from the sin of cow slaughter.' Lord Shiva said- 'Gautam! You are completely sinless. The crime of cow slaughtering was fraudulently imposed on you. I want to punish the Brahmins of your ashram who have done this fraudulently. '

On this Maharishi Gautam said that Lord! I have received your darshan for his sake only. Now consider them as my supreme interest and do not be angry with them. Many sages, saints and deities gathered there, approving Gautama's talk and prayed to Lord Shiva to stay there forever. They obeyed him and located there in the name of Trimbakam Jyotirlinga. Gangaji brought by Gautam ji also started to flow near there under the name Godavari. This Jyotirlinga is supposed to provide all the merits.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

|| Shri Vishwanath Jyotirlinga ||

|| Shri Vishwanath Jyotirlinga ||

 This Jyotirlinga is located in the famous city of Kashi in North India. This city does not disappear even during the Holocaust. At that time, God takes this holy city on his trident and puts it in place once again. This city is also said to be the beginning of the universe.

Lord Vishnu pleased Lord Shankar by doing austerities at this place. Agastya Muni also satisfied Lord Shiva at this place with his penance. The glory of this holy city is such that whatever creature here loses his life, he gets salvation. Lord Shankar preaches the 'Tarak' mantra in his ear. Under the influence of this mantra, even sinful to sinful beings easily overcome the obstacles of Bhavsagar.

Sin people, even the ungrateful person, if death is achieved in this Kashi region, then he does not have to come again in the bondage of the world. Explaining the importance of this city in the Matsya Purana, it is said - 'Kashi is the only supreme spirit for humans who are suffering from chanting, meditation and knowledgeless and sorrow . Dashashwamedha, Lolark, Bindumadhava, Keshava and Manikarnika are these five question pilgrimages in Sri Vishwanath's holy area . Due to this, it is called 'free zone'.
 Lord Vishnu pleased Lord Shankar by doing austerities at this place. Agastya Muni also satisfied Lord Shiva at this place with his penance.

In the Puranas, this story is given in relation to this Jyotirlinga.

 Marrying Lord Shankar Parvatiji, he was living in Mount Kailas. But Parvatiji did not like to spend married life in his father's house there. One day he said to Lord Shiva - 'Take me to your home. I do not like to live here. All the girls go to their husband's house after marriage, I have to stay in the father's house. ' Lord Shiva accepted his statement. Mother Parvati came with Mahadev to own holy city of Kashi. They came here and established themselves as Vishwanath-Jyotirlinga.

A person gets rid of all sins and bad results by worshiping this Jyotirlinga. Lord Shankar takes all the responsibility of the devotees who visit Shri Vishwanath daily from the rule. Such a devotee becomes the eligible of his supreme abode. The grace of Lord Shiva is always on him

 Har Har Mahadev ♥♥

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