Lord Shiva is the reigning deity among the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, is considered to be “Lord Shiva – The Destroyer“.He is known for Gods of Gods(Devo ke Dev Mahadev) in Hinduism. He is Anant, one who is neither found born nor found dead.
Lord Shiva is considered as one of the most liberal god and fulfill people’s desire easily. Lord shiva is worshipped in the form of Shiv ling.There are many different ways of worshipping but many people immersed in bhakti of God so much that they commit some mistake while worship Lord Shiva.
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How to do Shivling Puja ? Do’s and don’ts of Lord Shiva Puja :
1. Ketaki flowers – Don’t use in Lord Shiva Puja
Once God Brahma and Vishnu arguing about who is more powerful. Witnessing the horrifying argument between the two, other Gods asked the God shiva to intervene.
Lord Shiva appeared in a flaming Lingam and challenged both that the one who get the end of this Lingam is supreme.Both Gods tried hard but couldn’t find the end. At the end, Lord Vishnu understood the leela of Lord Shiva and came up to Shiva and bowed down to him as a swarupa of Brahman.
Brahma did not give up so easily. As he was going up, he saw a ketaki flower, dear to Shiva, floating down. Ketaki told Shiva that she had been placed at the top of the Shiva linga. Brahma’s ego forced him to ask the flower to bear false witness about Brahmā’s discovery of Shiva’s beginning. When Brahmā told his tale, Shiva, the all-knowing, was angered by the former’s ego. Shiva thus cursed him that no being in the three worlds will worship him.The flower of Ketaki, for bearing false witness, was cursed to be never used for the worship of Shiva.
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2.Tulsi – Don’t use in Lord Shiva Puja:
According to Hindu Mythology, an Asura named Dambh who has not any children has please Lord Vishnu and asked for a powerful and invincible son and hence Jaladhar(or Shankhchud) was born.Jalandhar wanted to be a conqueror of the three worlds and with this intention he performed tapas and pleased Brahma.
As a boon he asked Brahma that no gods should defeat him. Brahma blessed him with Sri Krishna Kavach and advised him to marry Tulsi daughter of Dharmadvaj. Brahma told him that the boon depended on Sri Krishna Kavach and chastity of Tulsi. As Jalandhar has boon not to defeated by any God so in that case Lord Vishnu had to breach Jalandhar’s wife Tulsi’s chastity. Upset over her husband’s death and angered by this betrayal, Tulsi banished Lord Shiva from being worshipped by her divine leaves.
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