Happy MahaShivaratri 2018 !!!
🕉️ SHIVLING PUJA-
#Shivling connects a devotee with the Supreme Being: LordShiva.
The lingam is the symbol of #LordShiva & the lingam puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning & an end & 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/she 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 & blows conch/ 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 told. Some devotees repeat the Lord’s name (this mantra) 108 times & some 1008 times(There is no fixed rule)
After the panchamrit abhishek, the lingam is cleaned with water from #Ganga(This is might not be possible always so just normal water) After this the lingam is smeared with sandalwood paste & is decked with flowers. Water & sandalwood paste is used to keep the lingam cool, as LordShiva is always in a highly inflammable state. In some Shiva temples,🚩 cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Lingam.
Kedarnath Shiva Temple🏰, Himalayas🗻🏔️, Uttarakhand. 🇮🇳
🕉️ #Kedarnath temple is a part of #CharDham's & Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand & one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of #LordShiva in India. Swyambhu Shivling located in the temple is immemorial. This ancient & magnificient temple is located in the Rudra #Himalaya 🏔️ range in Uttarakhand, India. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the ends of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November).
This #Temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi-Bull stands as guard. The origin of the revered temple can be found by Pandavas and revived by Adi Shankaracharya. 🙏
Kedarnath Temple is a great recognition among devotees. 😇 #Badrinath & Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, these are 2 most prominent sacred pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus. It is said that the person who takes a trip to Badrinath, without Kedarnath their journey is sterilized & deity of Nara-Narayan wished that, for the welfare of the humanity.
It is cast on the Himalayan peak that incarnation of Lord #Vishnu KedarMahatapaswi Nar and Narayan was austere sage. Lord Shiva was pleased with their worship and therefore appeared revered as God has given to live there permanently. The site is located on Kedar peak in Kedarnath in the #Himalayas. 🗻
Sunrise 🌅at Kashi Vishwanath Temple,🚩🏰 Varanasi.
1) #Varanasi is the spiritual capital of 🇮🇳 India. Shri Ramcharitmanas was composed by Goswami Tulsidas (c.1532–1623) in this holy city.
2)Varanasi originates from the names of the two rivers: 🌊 Varuna, still flowing in Varanasi, and Asi, a small stream near Assi Ghat.
3)The earliest known archaeological evidence suggests that settlement around Varanasi in the Ganga valley began in the 11th or 12th century BC, placing it among the world's oldest continually inhabited cities.
4)Varanasi was also home to Parshva, the 2️⃣3️⃣rd #Jain Tirthankara and the earliest Tirthankara accepted as a historical figure in the 8th century BC.
5)The celebrated 🇨🇳 Chinese traveler Xuanzang, who visited the city around 635 AD, attested that the city was a centre of religious and artistic activities, and that it extended for about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) along the western 🏞️ bank of the Ganges.
6)Hiuen Tsiang also visited Varanasi in the 7th century; he named it "Polonisse" and wrote that the city had some 30 temples 🏰 with about 30 monks.
7)In ancient times, Varanasi was connected by a road starting from #Taxila 🏛️ & ending at Pataliputra during the Mauryan ⚔️ Empire.
8) In 1194, the city succumbed to Turkish Muslim rule under Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who ordered the destruction of some one thousand temples in the city.
9)In the #Rigveda, 📑 the city is referred to as Kāśī or #Kashi, the luminous city as an eminent seat of learning. The name Kāśī is also mentioned in the Skanda Purana. In one verse, #LordShiva says, "The three worlds form one city of mine, and Kāśī is my royal palace therein."
🚩।। जय गँगा मैया ।।🌊
🕉️ हर हर महादेव
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