Masik Shivratri Special: Know Why The Shivling Is Worshiped!

We are all familiar with Lord Shiva’s festival of Mahashivratri. However, there is also a provision in the Hindu religion to observe Masik Shivratri, or Shivratri every month. Shivratri is a very significant holiday. Shivratri is observed every month on the Chaturdashi date of Krishna Paksha in accordance with Hindu Panchang. Last month’s monthly Shivratri in October was celebrated on 23 October 2022.  

On November 22, 2022, the monthly festival of Shivratri will be observed. Therefore, let’s discuss the significance of the Masik Shivratri, the fast-worship method, fast story, etc. In addition to this, we will explain in this article why the Linga form of Lord Shiva is worshiped as well as the guidelines and advantages of having a Shivling at home. Continue reading this AstroSage-specific blog to the end to learn more!

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Significance Of Masik Shivratri 

It is believed that fasting on the lunar festival of Shivratri and worshipping Lord Shiva with a pure heart will grant a man all of his wishes. All of man’s problems are solved at the same time, and every challenging task is completed without difficulty. Girls who are looking for a Suitable groom for themselves also benefit from this fast, claims the Shiva Purana. Along with this, all issues and challenges associated with marriage are eliminated.

Masik Shivratri Fast & Rituals 

Many people observe the Masik Shivratri fast according to religious traditions. But those who plan to begin fasting prior to Masik Shivratri should do it on Mahashivaratri. Both men and women can observe this fast. To begin the fast, one should worship Lord Shiva while awake the entire Maha Shivaratri night. Now, let’s learn more about the fast-worship practise:

  • Get up early in the morning before sunrise on the day of Masik Shivratri and take a bath.
  • Visit a Shiva temple to worship Lord Shiva, Mother Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, and Nandi.
  • Because Lord Shiva is delighted by this, perform the Rudrabhishek of the Shivling using water, pure Ghee, milk, sugar, honey, and curd, among other things.
  • Then offer fresh quince, Datura, and Belpatra to the Shivling.
  • After that, worship Lord Shiva with fruits, flowers, a lamp, incense, etc.
  • Shiva Purana, Shiva Stuti, Shiva Ashtak, Shiva Chalisa, and Shiva Shloka should be recited during worship.
  • Then, in the evening, eat fruits etc. But keep in mind not to take food even by mistake.
  • Do charity the following day after properly worshipping Lord Shiva. Do not fast until after this.
  • On this day, if you donate anything white, you will receive great blessings.
  • Additionally, chant the Shri Hanuman Chalisa during worship since it solves money issues.
  • Worship Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva with a pure heart to be freed from all debts.

Masik Shivratri Fast Story

According to myth and religious traditions, Lord Shiva manifested as a Shivling at the midnight hour during Mahashivaratri, and Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were the first to worship it. Since then, Lord Shiva’s birthday has been observed as Mahashivaratri. Goddesses like Lakshmi, Saraswati, Gayatri, Sita, Parvati, and Rati are said to have fasted on this day for their own personal salvation. Because of this, the significance of the monthly Shivratri fast grows even more. This fast is observed in order to obtain the blessings of Lord Shiva as well as for personal happiness, tranquility, and prosperity. Fasting on this day is also said to bring good health and progeny, according to belief.

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Significance Of Worshiping The Shivling 

Lord Shiva is regarded as the god of beginning and ending in religious belief. He neither has shapes nor has any form. He is known as being formless for this reason. Shivling is regarded in Hinduism as Lord Shiva’s shapeless form. He is worshiped as Lord Shankar in his material form.

The only god who is worshiped as a Linga is Lord Shiva, and is the only such god in the universe. Lord Shiva is worshiped in both idol and Linga forms because he is highly regarded as the creator of the universe.

Shiva means “supreme welfare,” and Linga means “creator.” The significance of Lord Shiva’s Linga, which awakens once one realizes Lord Shiva’s true form, serves as proof. The Vedas define the word Linga as the subtle body, which is composed of 17 elements, including mind, intellect, five senses, five functional organs, and five air. In the Vayu Purana, the entire creation, including the one in which it manifests during the time of creation and the one in which it is submerged during the time of destruction, is referred to as Linga.

Shivling is believed to have a great deal of energy, thus there are some unique guidelines and safety measures that everyone should be aware of in order to keep it inside the home.

Rules And Guidelines To Keep Shivling In The House As Per Shiva Purana

Generally speaking, it is forbidden to keep a large Shivling within the home. However, there are some specific and strict guidelines that must be followed if you want to install a Shivling in your home, according to the Shiva Purana. Remember to be careful when installing and worshiping Shivling because if you make a mistake, whether intentionally or not, Lord Shiva could become enraged and you may experience unfavorable outcomes. Let us know what the Shiv Puran’s guidelines are for building Shivlings:-

  • The Shiva Purana other legendary writings make reference to other Puranas that state Shivlings shouldn’t be kept in homes with sizes more than the top of the thumb. Ordinary people should avoid having Shivlings that are too large in their homes since they have a lot of energy.
  • You should never have more than one Shivling in your home. If your home has more than one Shivling, it needs to be immediately removed. The removed Shivling might be kept at a temple or floated on a sacred river.
  • In accordance with the Shiva Purana, it is not necessary to have Pran-Pratishtha in order to keep a Shivling inside the home. However, in addition to this, it is deemed extremely important to frequently worship and perform Abhishek in accordance with Shivling law.
  • In addition, you should take care of the metal of the Shivling you keep in your home. The Shivling that is kept in the home is believed to be made of copper, silver, or gold. Additionally, it should be noted that the Shivling should be wrapped by a snake made of the same metal.
  • Offering certain things on a Shivling during worship is strictly forbidden. Such as, on a Shivling, you should never offer Tulsi, turmeric, vermilion, or kettle flowers.

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Rules Of Worshiping The Shivling

  • When you first wake up in the morning, thoroughly clean the area around the Shivling.
  • Do Abhishek of the Shivling with the items such as milk, water, and Ganges water.
  • Prior to worshiping Shivlings, it is necessary to worship Mother Parvati and Lord Ganesha. Any image of Mother Parvati or Lord Ganesha, whether it be an idol or a photograph, must be kept close to the Shivling.
  • Apart from the forbidden items, you are allowed to offer Prasad of fruits, sweets, cannabis, Datura, etc to the Shivling. 
  • Never accept the Prasad offered to a Shivling. You can only accept the Prasad that is placed in front of the Shivling.
  • On the Shivling, a three-line Tilak should always be applied. It is considered as the sign of Tribhund and his Trishul (Pinaka) on Lord Shiva’s forehead. 

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Useful Mantras And Benefits To Please Lord Shiva 

Other than the Shiva Purana, other Puranas provide several chants to appease Lord Shiva, with each Mantra and each phrase having a unique significance. Every Mantra is recited for a unique purpose.

Om Namah: Shivaya 

This is the most basic Mantra, and it is the one that Lord Shiva loves the most. While meditating in front of Shivling, you can chant this mantra while offering it water. This makes Lord Shiva happy, and reciting this mantra 108 times is very beneficial.

Mahamrityunjay Mantra 

oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe। sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam।urvārukamiva bandhanān। mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ॥

It is believed that the Mahamrityunjaya mantra, that is found in the Rigveda, can also prevent someone from dying too early. It is highly beneficial to recite this mantra while offering water to Shivling.

Shiv Panchakshar Stotra Mantras 

This mantra was created by Adi Guru Shankaracharya, who was also a devoted follower of Shiva. The entire Namah Shivaya description is contained in this mantra. Chanting this Mantra while sitting in front of the Shivling appeases Lord Shiva.

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Om Namaste Astu Bhagwan  

The names of the various manifestations of Lord Shiva are taken in this Mantra, which is regarded as being highly auspicious for beginning worship of the Lord. The anxiety leaves the mind and the person becomes fearless by reciting this Mantra every day in front of the Shivling.

Shiv Tandav Stotra

Dashanan wrote a stotra for Lord Shiva, and the Lord was so pleased with it that he named Dashanan as Ravana and called to him as his greatest devotee. All of Lord Shiva’s forms are worshiped by the Tandava source. Every day, recite this source in front of the Shivling, and all your problems will be gone, and you will succeed.

We have learned all the guidelines for keeping a Shivling in the home, the way to worship, and the most basic Mantra to appease Lord Shiva. I hope that by correctly worshiping the Shivling, you will be able to foster a sense of joy and tranquility in your house and achieve success in life.

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