Shiva has great love and compassion for all animals. He protects them from disease, death and destruction. Hence he is known as Pasupathinath. Which means if you love animals and you want them to be protected from cruelty and treated well, you should worship none other than Shiva and request him to give them a better birth in their next lives.
Shiva has immense powers. He destroys our suffering, the poison of human life, and removes from us impurities such as ignorance, egoism, delusion, attachment and pride to facilitate our spiritual growth. Which means if you are looking for a change or direction in your life, he is the right deity to worship.
To worship Shiva you do not require the services of a priest. You can walk into any Shiva temple and offer him prayers directly, or you can pray to him in your own heart and offer anything with love. Which means you have a direct connection with Shiva and he listens to your prayers directly.
Shiva is known to grant boons to his devotees frequently, even if they happen to be some really wicked ones. He is called Bholenath, the innocent one, because he is pure in heart and easy to please. Which means, if you love him and worship him, and even if you have some defects and weaknesses, you can be sure of his love and compassion.
Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world –
Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva. It is located at the bank of Bagmati River. And it lies in Kathmandu. This temple is considered as the holy place of Hindu. The temple complex is on UNESCO world heritage site.
Inside a Pashupatinath temple, Shiva Linga consists of 5 faces the North face is called Bamdev. East face is known as Tathpurus. The South face is called a aaghor. West face is called a sadojhat. And the top face of shiva Linga is known as Isshan.
No one can touch the Shiva linga of Pashupatinath except the priest of the temple known as Bhatta. They are from the South India. The biggest festival of Lord Shiva is Shivaratri. Which normally falls in the month of Falgun on the Nepali .
There are prayers bells ringing, hymns of religious song is making the vicinity of Shiva temple melodious. There is some super natural feeling and presence of omnipotent deity can be strongly felt. Every evening thousands of followers gather here to worship the Hindu deity – Shiva the destroyer. Every other day, I come here to observe this worship popularly known as “Aarati” in Nepali. The feeling of pleasance and soothing mind that I get here is unmatched. Seeing the worshippers moving to and fro, praying with utmost believe and displaying strong faith makes me believe more in the existence of this almighty power. People crave to get their body purified from the water sprinkled by holy priest. You come out from the temple and see the dead body burning as per the Hindu culture which makes you realize that nothing is perpetual. Everything in this physical world has a meaning till you leave and even our body turn into ashes when soul leaves the body. This teaches me to be more practical and be more thankful to the life that I am leaving. The deprived people begging to join their hand and mouth in the temple’s vicinity makes me realize how privileged life I am living and feel blesses for what I have and not quest for luxury. This places teaches me the value of life and spirituality which no classrooms in the world can teach me. If you want to get rid of monotonous life and tired of physical world then this is the perfect place for you to be – Shiva temple.
This is very powerful rhythmic stotram though it is not easy to read or pronounce but some sincere efforts one can do it if he has devotion.
It is believed that Lord Shiva is the king of all dancers. He was an expert in the thandava style of dancing.This stotra which is so majestic was composed by none other than Ravana, the demon king, who ruled over Sri Lanka, who was one of the great devotees of Lord Shiva.
Once the proud Ravana conquered the entire India and approached Mount Kailas on top of which Lord Shiva resides with his consort Goddess Parvathi. Ravana called Lord Shiva to come down. When he did not, he uprooted the mountain with his twenty hands. This made Goddess Parvathi jittery. Then Lord Shiva pressed down the mountain with his thumb. Ravana was crushed by the weight of the mountain. There he praised Lord Shiva by singing the Sama Veda and this great stotra composed by him. Lord Shiva was pleased andpardoned him.
Lord Shiva, the third god in the Hindu triumvirate, is also known as the destroyer or the transformer. The other gods in the triumvirate are Brahma – the creator and Vishnu – the preserver of the universe. It is believed that Shiva possesses the power to destroy the world in order to rid it of all evil and pave way for its recreation.
Shiva’s powers of destruction and recreation are used to destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world and change it for the better. This makes him a source of both good and evil. Shiva is said to be the only Hindu god who has no Aadi(birth or beginning) or Anta (death or end), often referred to as AadiAnanta Shiva.
All that has a beginning must have an end – through Shiva’s powers, nothing is truly destroyed except the illusion of individuality.Shiva truly represents hope, transformation, and goodness.
Shiva Linga is the holy symbol of Lord Shiva that is considered sacred by the devotees of Lord Shiva.
Shiva Linga speaks to the devotee in the unmistakable language of silence, and it is only the outward symbol of the formless being, Lord Shiva, who is the undying soul seated in the chambers of your heart, who is your in-dweller, your innermost self or ‘Atman,’ and who is identical with the supreme ‘Brahman.’
Most prevalent icon of Shiva and virtually found in all Shiva temples, Shiva Linga is a rounded, elliptical, an iconic image that is usually set on a circular base or peetham. According to some scholars, the Peetham represents Parashakti, the manifesting power of God.
Shiva Lingas are usually made of stone that may either be carved or naturally existing – svayambhu, such as shaped by a swift-flowing river. Shiva Lingas may also be made of metal, precious gems, crystal, wood, earth or transitory materials such as ice. Some scholars say that transitory Shiva Linga may be made of 12 different materials such as sand, rice, cooked food, river clay, cow dung, butter, rudraksha seeds, ashes, sandalwood, darbha grass, a flower garland or molasses.