Popularly called Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath — Lord Shiva is maybe the most perplexing of Hindu divinities, and one of the most remarkable. Shiva is 'shakti' or power; and also the destroyer — the most remarkable lord of the Hindu pantheon and one of the prime godheads in the Hindu Trinity, alongside Brahma and Vishnu.
His hair is heaped high on the highest point of his head, with a crescent stuck into it and the Ganges flowing from his hair. Around his neck is a snake symbolizing Kundalini, the spiritual energy inside life. He holds a harpoon in his left hand, which is attached to the 'damroo' (little cowhide drum). He is often seated on a tiger skin, with a water pot on his right. He wears the 'Rudraksha', and his entire body is sullied with debris. Shiva is depicted as the preeminent ascetic with a calm demeanor. He is also portrayed riding a bull called Nandi.
Shiva is accepted to be at the core of the power of the universe, because of his obligation to demise and obliteration. In contrast to the great Lord Brahma the Creator, or Lord Vishnu the Preserver, Shiva is the dissolving force throughout everyday life. Lord Shiva disintegrates to build since death is essential for the resurrection of life. So the extremes of life and demise, creation and obliteration, both dwell in his personality. Shiva plays various roles as one of Hinduism's supreme Gods. He is the extraordinary ascetic, the expert on fertility, the expert on toxic substances and medication, and the Lord of Cattle. His roles are praiseworthy of an inclination in Hinduism to see complementary characteristics in a solitary ambiguous figure.
Q1. Where should the stone statue of Lord Shiva be placed in a devotee’s home?
While setting the Shiva sculpture at home, a true devotee should remember not to place it near the bed or washing lines. According to Hindu custom, the statue of Lord Shiva should be placed in traditional Hindu Puja rooms, keeping in mind the correct position and direction n which the statue has to be placed.
In Hinduism, puja rooms are by and large present in the northeastern corner of the house, which is additionally an optimal position for the stone statue of Lord Shiva. However, what is significant is to comprehend and have confidence in the energy, regardless of where we place the statue. Prior to buying a Shiva stone statue, one ought to consider picking a shiva mudra. The sitting Shiva stone statue portrays Lord Shiva in deep meditation i.e., the quiet yet strong type of Shiva. The dancing mudra of Lors Shiva portrays a flood of energy. This type of statue is viewed as a fiercer type of Shiva.
Q2. Is Lord Shiva the most powerful among all Hindu Gods?
Among all the gods in the Hindu pantheon and the three supreme divine beings in Hinduism, Lord Shiva is alluded to as the most powerful. He, alongside Brahma and Vishnu, makes the Trinity, which deals with the course of birth, sustenance, and demise. Shiva is frequently alluded to as the "destroyer", yet truly, he obliterates the sins taking asylum in the human brain. He isn't just viewed as the aadi yogi yet he is additionally thought to be the God of Gods. Shiva is supreme, all-knowing, and inescapable. He is not just the destructor of life; one needs to comprehend that he is the justification for re-birth also. Subsequently, he is considered a person who has both the generative and damaging abilities of nature. Shiva is an exceptionally complicated God that has command over both the full scale and miniature levels of the grandiose energy. He doesn't have a different structure and hence he is venerated as a sign of the male and female association. He imparts the message peacefully which is considered the obvious method for correspondence.
Q3. Which Color Lord Shiva likes?
He likes the darkest color as well as the lightest color. He likes all the colors in between black and white. Shiva is usually depicted as white, from the ashes of corpses that are smeared on his body, with a blue neck, from holding poison in his throat.
Not only on Shivratri but also in general, never offer saffron or kumkum on the Shivalinga. It is said that Shiva would be pleased if the devotee who is performing Shiv Puja, wears green clothes because Bholenath is fond of the green color. Alternatively, then wear red, yellow, and white-colored clothes to please him.
Q4. Can we gift Shiva idol to someone?
His presence implies the inflow of optimistic thoughts into the household. Hence Lord Shiva statue is also considered a great return gift for the wedding ceremony and naming ceremony to be given to the guest. Lord Shiva’s status as the deity of both formation and ruination indicates that he wields enormous strength. In that case, the guest should be told about the place of placing the idol in his house. Apart from placing it in the puja room, the guest may place it as a decorative item in his dwelling.
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