Shivling puja – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Shivling pujan titleWorship of Lord Shiva removes distress and poverty, grants learning and wealth, bestows all desires. It also gives the devotee transcendental knowledge, by elevating the power of thought and en-kindling the light of discrimination.(sc)

Lord Shiva is the unchanging consciousness or the soul in man. Parvati is the maya sakthi or the illusive power that appears as mind and matter.Syllable `sh’ means permanent bliss, `I’ stands for male energy, `va’ stands for female energy.(sc)

Vedas declare that worshiping Shiva in the linga form helps one gain highest merit in this life and in the future lifetimes. Accumulated sins of many lifetimes get washed away by sincere devotion and prayers to the lord.(sc)

It is said that nothing is as holy as Shiva puja.Shivling and shivpuja connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. The linga is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the linga puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Linga thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Linga puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that they are part of the Supreme Being.(sc)

Before starting the Puja, the devotee takes a bath and wear freshly washed clothes. Hymns praising Lord Shiva or the mantra ‘om namaha shivayaa’ are repeated to create a mood for worship. Then, the devotee sits in front of the linga and blows conch or ring bells. This indicates the beginning of the Puja.(sc)
The shivling should be first offered Panchamrit, which is a mixture of milk, ganga jal, saffron, sugar/honey and water.First it is the panchamrit abhishek – the libation of five holy liquids over the linga. The libation can consist of any five of the following – water from river Ganga, honey, sugarcane juice, milk, yogurt, ghee, seawater, coconut water or milk, fragrant oils, rose water or other precious liquids. Usually, only milk of cow is used. While pouring the liquid, om namah shivaya is uttered. Some devotees utter the Lord’s name 108 times and some 1008 times. (sc)
After the panchamrit abhishek, the linga is cleaned with water from Ganga. (This is might not be possible always so just normal water.) After this the linga is smeared with sandalwood paste and is decked with flowers. Water and sandalwood paste is used to keep the linga cool, as Lord Shiva is always in a highly inflammable state. In some Shiva temples, cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Linga.(sc)
Next, sweets, coconut and fruits are offered to the Lord. Camphor and incense are lit and ‘arati’ is conducted. Some devotees fan the linga and sing praises of the lord.(sc)
Finally, ringing of bells or blowing of conch indicates the end of Puja. White ash (vibhuti) is rubbed on the forehead and it is also distributed. Fruits, sweets and coconut are distributed as ‘prasad.’(sc)
The main importance of  Shivalinga are as follows –
1-  Shivaling is god shiva himself. Worshipping Daily and offering Bel   leaves,Pushpa(flower) and snan ,Pleases and makes mahadev(god shiva) happy.(sc)
2 –  Shivaling is supreme god of universe,all god and goddess worship god shiva  to please god shiva,there is no difference between god shiva and shivling.(sc)
3 – Any one who worship god shiva in Shivaling form attains importance of life,hence one will attains good health.(sc)
4- Shivaling worship in home and temple daily attains prosperity,good health and there is residential of all god/goddess in that bless home.(sc)
5 – Shivaling is only Supreme god of universe,who wash and removes all sin and mistake done in past,present life.We should make happy god shiva by chanting god shiva different mantra,offering daily flower to god shiva in temple.(sc)
6- Worshipping Shivaling in home and establishing in temple helps to attains mukti/Moksha(Salvation) ,one will attains free from life cycle of trouble who even  do darshan god shiva as Shivaling form.(sc)
Never use a kumkum tilak for the shivling, although the devotees can use it for the idols of goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha.(sc)
One enjoys good fortune of Shiva Yoga in a horoscope, when the lord of the 10th house is in the 5th house, the lord of the 9th house is in the 10th house, and the lord of the 5th house is in the 9th house. Due to this yoga, the native would be a commander of armies or enjoy high position, a big business magnate and also possess divine wisdom.One attracts victory in endeavors when Shiva is worshipped on Arudra nakshatr.(sc)
Mondays in the month are auspicious to worship Lord Shiva.Mondays in the month of Karthik (mid Nov- mid Dec) and in the month of Shravan (mid July – Mid August) are auspicious to worship Lord Shiva.Women pray to Shiva for welfare of their husbands and sons.(sc)

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