Lord Shiva is the lord of ultimate spirituality for Hindus all over the world. The most popular way of worshipping Lord Shiva is seen to be in the form of the Shivling
, a stone like shape that is black in colour, or at times dark grey. We have seen and may ourselves have worshipped Lord Shiva in his Linga form by offering him with water, milk, honey, ghee and many other types of offerings. But, do you know why Lord Shiva is seen and worshipped in this form? Do you how the Shivling came into existence and what’s the story behind it?'
Lord Shiva (also known as Mahesh) is one of the supreme Gods in the Trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh. And, the reason for the Linga structure of Lord Shiva is only because of the other two Gods of the Trinity – Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. As per the Shiv Purana, once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got into an argument over who of the two is superior. They tried to prove their supremacy over the other. When Lord Shiva learnt of this, he took over the form of a blazing fire pillar, and challenged both the Lords to find the beginning and end of the pillar.
Lord Brahma went to the skies to look for the pillar’s beginning, while Lord Vishnu went underground to look for the end. Even after searching for thousands of miles, they couldn’t find anything. But in his journey, Lord Brahma met a flower named Ketaki, and asked for her help to support him in a false claim that he had found the beginning of the pillar.
When he returned and declared this false statement, the fire pillar split open and Lord Shiva stepped out of it in his magnificence. This glorious sight had both Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu accept that Lord Shiva was the highest of all. Furious at Lord Brahma’s deceitfulness, Lord Shiva cursed him that he will never be prayed to ever. He also cursed Ketaki that she will never be used in any Puja. (Do you realize that there are only a few scarce number of Lord Brahma temples in the world? And also that the Ketaki flower is never used in any kind of Puja?)
Therefore, this fire pillar is worshipped in the form of the Linga of Lord Shiva. The Shivling is considered as the formless which radiates with all celestial energies. It is also believed that Lord Shiva revealed himself in the form of the Linga on the 14th
day of Krishna Paksha in the Falgun month of the Hindu calendar. This is why this day is considered auspicious and is celebrated as Mahashivratri every year by the Hindus. This day is celebrated with immense devotion, where devotees pray to Lord Shiva by offering belpatra
and milk to the Shivling.
Lord Shiva is prayed to and worshipped by Hindus with great devotion throughout the year, with emphasis placed on every Monday. Equal devotion and prayers are offered to Goddess Parvati, his consort. In fact, no Shiv temple is seen without the idol or image of Goddess Parvati, as the two of them are considered to be the most supreme divine couple. If you are also looking for the same kind of bonding with your better half, you must pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to bless you with the same. To maintain your relationships, prevent unnecessary tiffs in relationships, and protect your relations from evil energies, you must perform Gauri-Shankar Puja. To have the most appropriate Puja done while taking care of all rites and rituals, you must get in touch with MakeMyPuja to book their professional and experienced Pandits.