Lord Shiva- Maha Shivratri

Lord Shiva is worshipped by people in form of a sacred idol. Hindus worship Lord Shiva and there are many other followers of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri is a specific day that is devoted in honor of Lord Shiva and people worship Lord Shiva on this day by keeping fast and spending their maximum time reciting “Om Namah Shivaya”. It is also said that Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati on Maha Shivratri and Maha Shivratri means “the big night of Lord Shiva”. 

Statues of Lord Shiva can be seen at various places and every statue has a general make over that represents a perfect look of Lord Shiva. The statue portrays a meditating pose with tangled hair that holds Ganges and a semi-circular shaped moon, coiled snake around the neck, trident in his right hand and ashes all over his body.

It is said that Lord Shiva exists in three forms, Trimurti.
In Trimurti Lord Rudra is the destroyer
Lord Brahma is the creator
Lord Vishnu is the preserver.

It is also believed that in Shaivism Lord Shiva performs all the things and Lord Shiva mainly performs five functions:

  • Creator
  • Preserver
  • Demolisher of evil
  • Releasing us from the sins
  • Blessing
  • Lord Shiva is worshiped in form of Shiva lingams that are found in temples as well as at homes.
  • People on the festival of Maha Shivratri worship these Shiva lingams and give it a bath with milk, water, honey, bael leaves and fruits. Whiling giving bath to the Shiva lingam people recite Shiv aarti in order to remember Shiva.
  • Lord Shiva is known as the “donor” God among people. Nandi is the name of a bull that is a vehicle of Lord Shiva. Nandi, the bull is a symbol of cheerfulness and power. The Shiva Nataraj statue portrays the Tandav dance that was performed by Lord Shiva and the word Nataraj means “King of Dancers”.