Shiv Puja finds its mention in the oldest sacred Hindu texts and Vedas. One of the major text that describes its origin and rituals is Shiv Purana. Lord Shiva as a part of the holy trinity plays an important role to balance the life in cosmos. He is also known as a foremost Yogic guru who showed the path to yogic life, meditation and spiritual awakening.
Shiv Puja is performed to appease Lord Shiva, one of the supreme Gods in Hinduism. He plays a role of a destroyer or a transformer of the cosmos, to bring the much needed balance in the universe and remind the temporary nature of material things around us.
Shiv Puja is performed to seek his blessing along with spiritual transcendence and salvation from the worldly ties and sufferings. Shiva is always worshipped in the Lingam form. There are various legends attached to the story of how the form of a lingam came into being. The Shiv Lingam represents the union of Shiva and Shakti, i.e. Parvati. It also represents the cosmic pillar which is believed to be the originator of the entire universe. Hence worshipping Shiva signifies the reverence of the whole cosmos itself.
Another legend also states the trials Parvati had to go through in her life. She observed many Vrats and performed rigorous Tapasya while worshipping Shiv lingam. This pleased Lord Shiva, who married her later. This union is considered as the union of a perfect couple. Worshipping Shiva is said to bring marital harmony to the couples. Many unmarried women observe Solaah Somvaar Vrat or fast on Mondays to find a perfect life-partner.
Worshipping Shiva relieves us of worldly ties and miseries. Some of the benefits of performing Shiv Puja are
As such, Shiv Puja can be performed everyday, which is also practiced by staunch devotees. Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva, hence most followers make it a point to visit Shiva temple on this day to offer puja and seek blessings. People who celebrate special occasions like Maha Shivratri or the Solaah Somvaar falling in the month of Shravan, follow it rigorously by observing Vrat and performing an elaborate Puja.
If you have installed a Shiv Linga in your Puja Ghar, you can perform Shiv Puja even at home. Else, one can even visit a temple to perform a Shiva Puja.
There are two muhurats which are considered auspicious not only for performing Shiv Puja but also carrying out other auspicious activities.
Universal Shiva Mantra:
‘Om Namah Shivaaya’
This most chanted Shiva Mantra surrounds you with positive energy all around, boosting your physical, mental and spiritual abilities
Nidhana-Pataye Namah, Nidhana-patantikaye Namah, Urdhvaye Namah, Urdhvali nagaye Namah|
Hiranaye Namah, Hiranyali nagaye Namah, Suvarnaye Namah, Suvarnali Nagaye Namah|
Divyayae Namah, Divyali Nagaye Namah, Bhavaye Namah, Bhavali Nagaye Namah|
Sarvaye Namah, Sarvali Nagaye Namah, Sivali Namah, Sivali Nagaye Namah|
Jvalaye Namah, Jvalali Nagaye Namah, Atmaye Namah, Atmali Nagaye Namah|
Paramaye Namah, Paramali Nagaye Namah, etat somasaya suryasya sarvali ngasthapayati panimantram pavitram|
This mantra is chanted during Vira Shiva Puja, where the Lingam is worshipped as a union of Soma – Shakti and Surya –Shiva. The mantra is believed to purify one’s mind and soul for spiritual upliftment.
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