Saturday, 3 February 2018

Shivling connects a devotee with the Supreme Being Lord Shiva.

Shivling connects a devotee with the Supreme Being Lord Shiva.
The lingam is the symbol of LordShiva and the lingam puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and 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 & Vishnu. The Lingam thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Lingam puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that he is part of the Supreme Being
Before starting the Puja, the devotee takes a bath & wear freshly washed clothes. Hymns praising Lord Shiva or the mantra ‘ॐ नमः शिवाय‘ are repeated to create a mood for worship. Then, the devotee sits in front of the lingam & ring bells. This indicates the beginning of the Puja
1st is the panchamrit abhishek–
the libation of 5 holy liquids over the lingam. The libation can consist of any 5 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 chanted . Some devotees repeat this mantra 108 times & some 1008 times, There is no fixed rule.
After the panchamrit abhishek, the lingam is cleaned with Ganga jal. Or just use normal water. After this the lingam is smeared with sandalwood paste & is decorated with flowers. Water & sandalwood paste is used to keep the lingam cool. In some Shiva temples, cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Lingam.
Next, sweets, coconut & fruits are offered to the Lord. Camphor & incense are lit & ‘arati’ is sung. White ash(vibhuti) is rubbed on the forehead & it is also distributed. Fruits, sweets & coconut are distributed as 'Prasad'.
Hari Om Tat Sat ~ Om Namah Shivaya 🌿🍃🌼🍂🍃🍃🌼🌼🌿🍃🌼🍃🍂
Shubh Prabhat 🌿🌼🍃🌿🍂🌼🍂🌼🌼

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