Lord Shiva is one of the most important Gods in Hinduism. He is believed to be one of the three entities of the holy Trimurti. Lord Shiva has many forms and is called by many names. Moreover, Lord Shiva is considered to be very complex because on one hand, he is known as the Protector because he protects holy texts or the Vedas, while on the other hand, he is also known as the Destroyer. One side of him shows his representation of the good things and his compassionate and generous character. And, another side of him is believed to be a leader of ghosts, vampires and evil spirits.
Why is Lord Shiva known as the Destroyer?
In spite of being the God of Hinduism, why Lord Shiva is known as the Destroyer, you may wonder. In Hinduism, it is believed that the universe regenerates in a cycle of every 2,160,000,000 years. And, at the end of each cycle, Lord Shiva destroys the entire universe, which makes way for a new creation to come into being. As a destroyer, Lord Shiva is represented in the form of Nataraja, where he performs the ‘pralaya tandava’ or the cosmic dance of destruction.
If he is the Destroyer, why is he worshipped?
Lord Shiva’s mannerism of destroying the universe can seem like a negative characteristic to many. But thinking deeply, one can realize that destruction may not always mean negativity. Think of it like light destroying darkness, and education destroying ignorance. Much in the same way, moksha destroys the cycle of death and rebirth. When all of this is understood, the trait of destruction will no longer seem to be negative.
How to worship Lord Shiva?
Lord Shiva can be worshipped throughout the year by offering water and milk to the Shivlinga. However, the purest month of worshipping him is during the Shravan month. And, the most important day of them all is the Shravan Purnima, falling on 18th
August this year, which is known by different names in different states of India. It is known as Narali Purnima in the West, Pavitropana in Gujarat, Avani Avittam in the South, and Kajari Purnima in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. So, if you are looking for any sort of special kind of pooja to be perfomed on this auspicious day, you may hire the most professional and beneficial services of MakeMyPuja Pujaris to have it done for you.
Other than this, you may offer water and milk along with ‘bilva leaves’ to the Shivlinga every day during the entire month. You may also observe fast throughout the month or only on Mondays. You may observe a strict fast wherein you consume nothing at all, or a partial fast where you are permitted to consume only fruits and juices. Some devotees also practice Maun Vrat, which means that they do not utter a single word for the entire day, with an exception of chanting the ‘Maha Mritunjaya Jaap’.