Shivratri Pooja

Lord Shiva also worshiped as Bhole Nath, the one who shower Boons and forgives.

7th March 2016 is Maha Shivratri coming on Monday , the day devoted to lord Shiva according to Hindu tradition .

let me tell you about easy pooja vidhi you can do yourself


Visit a Shiva temple – Shivalya ( Shiv parivar with Shivling )


shiv parivar

you can either go to a temple or make Clay Shiva linga and Shiv-Parivar at home.

keep in mind first offer water to Lord Ganesha, he first one in every pooja to be worshiped, then Devi Parvati(Gauri), Kartikeya and Nandi. Nandi the bull must face toward shiva and must be kept in North direction.

Things to offer :

1st thing -Water , you can also add little Gangajal in it

2nd raw Cow milk , then again water

3rd curd and then water

4th Ghee and then water

5th Honey and then water

later other pooja samagris

offer Janevu or Roli , these are clothes of Lord in pooja

offer some sent (gadhak, Ittar)

Do Chandan lep (sandalwood)

wet rice

latter offer  -Bhang, Dhatura , Aak (aakamada flower) , Fal or sugar or both , janti , panchamrit, lotus flower


most Importantly Belva patra. keep on chanting beej mantra OM NAMHA: SHIVAYA with each Belva Patra, it must be offered upside down on Shivling. you can offer 7 or 108 belpatras.

Lord Shiva is also Known as Rudra (literally means anger), all offerings are to cool him down , water , milk , Chandan and Belva patra.

If you can do Rudra abhishek is also good for fruit full results , can observe fast for this auspicious day. Shiv ratri Jagran is very important for chetna jagran and chanting Beej mantra Om Namha Shivaya:

Har Har Mahadev (raise both hands while chanting it)

shiva symbolises

Shiva Symbolises


Names of Lord Shiva

Aashutosh  : One Who Fulfills Wishes Instantly

Aja :  Unborn

Akshayaguna : God With Limitless Attributes Anagha  :  Without Any Fault 

Anantadrishti :  Of Infinite Vision 
Augadh : One Who Revels All The Time 
Avyayaprabhu  : Imperishable Lord 
Bhairav :  Lord Of Terror 
Bhalanetra :  One Who Has An Eye In The Forehead 
Bholenath  : Kind Hearted Lord 
Bhooteshwara  : Lord Of Ghosts And Evil Beings 
Bhudeva  : Lord Of The Earth 
Bhutapala :  Protector Of The Ghosts 
Chandrapal :  Master Of The Moon 
Chandraprakash :  One Who Has Moon As A Crest 
Chandershekhar : most beautiful among all Gods
Deva dhi deva :  Lord Of The Lords 
Dhanadeepa  : Lord Of Wealth 
Dhyanadeep : Icon Of Meditation And Concentration 
Dhyutidhara :  Lord Of Brilliance 
Digambara :  Ascetic Without Any Clothes 
Durjaneeya  : Difficult To Be Known 
Durjaya :  Unvanquished 

Gangadhara :  Lord Of River Ganga 
Girijapati :  Consort Of Girija 
Gunagrahin  : Acceptor Of Gunas 
Gurudeva :  Master Of All 
Hara  : Remover Of Sins 
Jagadisha :  Master Of The Universe 
Jaradhishamana :  Redeemer From Afflictions 
Jatin  : One Who Has Matted Hair 
Kailas :  One Who Bestows Peace 
Kailashadhipati :  Lord Of Mount Kailash 
Kailashnath  : Master Of Mount Kailash
Kamalakshana  : Lotus-Eyed Lord
Kantha :  Ever-Radiant
Kapalin  : One Wears A Necklace Of Skulls 
Khatvangin :  One Who Has The Missile Khatvangin In His Hand
Kundalin  : One Who Wears Earrings
Lalataksha : One Who Has An Eye In The Forehead 
Lingadhyaksha :  Lord Of The Lingas 
Lingaraja :  Lord Of The Lingas 
Lokankara : Creator Of The Three Worlds 
Lokapal : One Who Takes Care Of The World 

Mahabuddhi : Extremely Intelligent
Mahadeva : Greatest God 
Mahakala : Lord Of All Times 
Mahamaya  : Of Great Illusions
Mahamrityunjaya  : Great Victor Of Death 
Mahanidhi : Great Storehouse 
Mahashaktimaya : One Who Has Boundless Energies 
Mahayogi : Greatest Of All Gods
Mahesha : Supreme Lord 
Maheshwara : Lord Of Gods
Nagabhushana  : One Who Has Serpents As Ornaments
Nataraja :  King Of The Art Of Dancing 
Nilakantha  : Blue Necked Lord 
Nityasundara :  Ever Beautiful 
Nrityapriya : Lover Of Dance 
Omkara :  Creator Of OM 
Palanhaar  : One Who Protects Everyone
Parameshwara : First Among All Gods 
Paramjyoti  : Greatest Splendour 
Pashupati  : Lord Of All Living Beings 

Pinakin  : One Who Has A Bow In His Hand 
Pranava  : Originator Of The Syllable Of OM 
Priyabhakta :  Favourite Of The Devotees 
Priyadarshana  : Of Loving Vision 
Pushkara :  One Who Gives Nourishment
Pushpalochana  : One Who Has Eyes Like Flowers 
 Ravilochana :  Having Sun As The Eye 
Rudra  : The Terrible
Rudraksha  : One Who Has Eyes Like Rudra 
Sadashiva  : Eternal God 
Sanatana : Eternal Lord 
Sarvacharya :  Preceptor Of All 
Sarvashiva  : Always Pure 
Sarvatapana  : Scorcher Of All 
Sarvayoni  : Source Of Everything 
Sarveshwara  : Lord Of All Gods
Shambhu :  One Who Bestows Prosperity 
Shankara :  One Who Gives Happiness 
Shiva  :  Always Pure 
Shoolin  : One Who Has A Trident 
Shrikantha  : Of Glorious Neck
Shrutiprakasha  : illuminator Of The Vedas
Shuddhavigraha  : One Who Has A Pure Body 
Skandaguru  : Preceptor Of Skanda 
Someshwara  : Lord Of All Gods 
Sukhada  : Bestower Of Happiness 
Suprita  : Well Pleased 
Suragana  : Having Gods As Attendants 
Sureshwara  : Lord Of All Gods 
Swayambhu  : Self-Manifested 
Tejaswani  : One Who Spreads illumination 
Trilochana :  Three-Eyed Lord 
Trilokpati  : Master Of All The Three Worlds 
Tripurari  : Enemy Of Tripura 
Trishoolin  : One Who Has A Trident In His Hands 
Umapati :  Consort Of Uma(parvati) 
Vachaspati  :  Lord Of Speech 
Vajrahasta  : One Who Has A Thunderbolt In His Hands 
Varada  : Granter Of Boons 
Vedakarta  : Originator Of The Vedas 
Veerabhadra  : Supreme Lord Of The Nether World 
Vishalaksha :  Wide-Eyed Lord 
Vishveshwara :  Lord Of The Universe
Vrishavahana :  One Who Has Bull As His Vehicle

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Shiva Symbolizes

Shiva Symbolizes

Lord Shiva is the father of  Lord Ganesha and Karthikeya. Goddess Parvati is wife of  Shiva. Shiva is among  Tridevs.

Symbols of Shiva

1. Trishul : knowledge, desire and implementation

2. Ganga : flow of wisdom and spiritual teachings

3. Moon : Shiv is Trikal-Darshi, mater of time

4. Drum : words of vedas

5. Third Eye : destroyer  of evil, when it opens it destroy anything that comes in vision

6. Serpent : ego as ornament

7. Rudraksh :  creation

Bhasm on body and rudraksh never dies like flowers and does not have any distraction (smell)

8. Tiger skin : no fear

9. Fire : destruction

Shiva as Natraj

12 Jyotirlings

1.  Kedaarnath , Uttrakhand

2.   Kashi  Visnvanath  , Uttar Pradesh

3.   Vaidyanath, Jharkhand

4. Mahakaleshwar , Madya Pradesh

5. Omkareshwar , Madhya Pradesh

6. Nageshwar , Gujrat

7. Somnath , Gujrat

8. Triambkeshwar , Maharastra

9. Grineshwar , maharastra

10. Bhimahankar , Maharastra

11.  Mallikarjunaswamy , Andra pradesh

12.  Rameshwaram , Tamil Naidu

Somanatha temple

Mallikarjuna temple

Rameshwaram temple

Grineshwar temple

Nageshwar temple

kashi vishwanath temple

Vidyanaath temple

Bhimashankar Temple

Kedaarnaath temple

Mahakaleshwar temple

Triambkeshwar temple

Omkareshwar temple

Ganga And Parvati

Who was Ganga?

Ganga was the daughter of King Himavat and Queen Menavati , who were also the parents of Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva.

All the daughters of King Himavat and Queen Menavati except Parvati took the form of river.

The story of Ganga is some how related to the Story of Sati . Parvati was the second birth of Sati.

Shiv with Parvati and Ganga

When Sati sacrificed her body for the respect of her Husband Lord Shiva . Lord Shiva opened his Third eye ,and he plucked his jattas (bunch of hair) twice and from them Arrive Bhadr Kali and Veerbhadar. Shiva ordered them to take revenge of his Wife. Veerbhadar removed off the head of  Daksha’s head from his body. On the request of all the Devtas (gods) Shiva Forgives Daksha, and gave him a new life with the head of a goat.

Bhadra Kaali and Veerbhadar

Lord Shiva Lifted the Body of Shiva and roamed in the universe in depression. Lord Vishnu decided to put an end to his grief, the only way was the rebirth of Goddess Sati as Parvati, for that Shiva must leave the body of Sati. Lord Vishnu used his sudarshan chakkar for cutting the body of Sati. Body of sati was cut into 51 pieces. the pieces  fell into different places which are know known as SHAKTI PEETHS . to make the pieces Shaktipeeths Shiva must touch them. Meanwhile a danav named Tarkasur who was booned to be killed by the sun of Lord Shiva decided to destroy it. Rishie Markande saw the last Pindh (part,piece) he was aware of the plans of Taarkasur and by God’s grace he saw the army of King Himavat coming towards him , he asked for his help to protect the Pindh, King promised him to protect the Pindh.

The army of Taarkasur arrived there Himavat himself and his Daughter fought with them to protect the pindh.

Ganga fought to protect her parents and the pindh, LordShiva arrived in the mid of the battel , the army of Danav fled after seeing Lord Shiva.Ganga felt that see is made for Shiva , she inquired of her illusions from Rishie Markande and he told her that in future you have a relation with Lord Shiva.

Ganga asked Lord Shiva to marry her , but hiva told he can not think of any body except Sati. He Booned Ganga to remain sacred till the end of universe and she will have the power of removing sins.

The havens were loosing the powers because Tarkasur’s army was destroying the purity of haven. Gods went to Lord Brahma for the solution. Lord Brahma himself went to King Himavat’s family to bring Ganga to haven. Ganga took the pledge that she will return to earth only when Lord Shiva will call her.

Ganga coming from haven , Goddess Parvati and sage Bhagirath

Ganga brought back to earth by Bhagirath

 King Sagar after defeating the demons, decided organize Ashwamedha Yagya to declare his supremacy. In this Yagya a horse is set free and where ever the horse go the earth is declared as the property of the king, who so ever stops the horse will have to face a battel with the king. King had 60,000 sons , he sent his horse across the earth accompanied by his sons.

The King of Heaven, Lord Indra feared the power of King Sagar and to stop him, he stole the horse and tied it to the ashram of Sage Kapil. When the 60,000 sons saw the horse in Kapil’s ashram they got furious and started to attack the hermitage. Sage Kapil was in deep meditation and on hearing the disturbance he opened his eyes in anger and all the 60,000 sons.
Anshuman the grandson of King Sagar brought  the horse back from the Sage and asked for his forgiveness. Sage Kapil told  him that the sons can be brought to life only if Ganga brought from heaven to earth. Neither Anshuman nor  his son Dilip were successful in this task.  But Dilip’s son, Bhagirath  meditated for a long time and he pleaded Ganga to descend t earth for the Mokha of his ancestors. Ganga asked Bhagirath to Plead  Shiva to lock her in his Hair because the earth could not bear the flow of a river falling from haven. King Bhagirath then worshipped Lord Shiva and Shiva blessed him and released Ganga from his locks in seven streams.  The water of Ganga touched the ashes of Sagar sons who rose to the their eternal rest in heaven.

Shiva locking Ganga coming from haven

The seven streams of Ganga are Bhagirathi, Janhvi, Bhilangana, Mandakini, Rishiganga, Saraswati and Alaknanda which merge into Ganga at Devprayag. The rock on which King Bhagirath is believed to have meditated, is called Bhagirath Shila . Lord Shiva is also worshiped as Gangadhar.