{hinduloka} $title={Table of Content} Shiva Ratri and lingga-yoni

Worship of Lord Shiva through Siwalingga is very popular in Bali, as well as in India in the past, many ancient relics in the form of Saila phallus or phallus from stone, even from gems. In Bali, many archaeological remains have been found in the form of phallus, which consists of Siwabhaga, a rectangular layer decorated with padma. This lingga is used as a medium of worship to Lord Shiva to seek salvation. This linga is meant as a symbol of inner purity, creation and freedom. 

Mahā Śivarātri  is a sacred night when one is meant to wake up with an inner reality and connection with the whole of life. The presence of Shiva who is always awake is most easily accessible on this night of Shiva Ratri.

Shiva is the highest of the ever -awake consciousness, the true eternal consciousness. Connecting its energy is essential to our optimal well -being and deepest understanding of life.

Shiva is the god of cosmic dissolution, who restores the real universe back to its intangible origin beyond name and form. This is not an act of ‘destruction’ but one of ‘transformation’. But Shiva also represents the Absolute or Supreme Brahman who inherently transcends all time, space and karma.

Shiva is the Mahayogi , the supreme Yogi who controls life and death, there is and there is not. Shiva’s consciousness within himself never dies and never feels sorrow. He is Mrityunjaya or the one who brings a person beyond death and suffering.

Are We Aware of Our True Reality?

If we examine our lives, we observe that most of our time is spent sleeping or only half -conscious. Our sleep state dominates a third of our daily activities. Even during the waking hours, we have periods of half -sleep, daydreaming, bluntness, and disturbances.

Our lives are overshadowed in spiritual ignorance, not knowing why we are born or what our true Self is, but trapped in dreams about the physical body and mind of the being. Our waking state is a prolonged or collective dream, not a long -lasting reality.

Our behavior is karmic and repetitive and rarely self-conscious. Our consciousness is entangled with subconscious energy and motivation that we do not understand. Our mind is a conditioned reaction mechanism not a clear perceptual instrument. We may be trying to gather more information about our world, but we may only be expanding the boundaries of illusion.

Our lives are overshadowed in spiritual ignorance, not knowing why we are born or what our true Self is, but trapped in dreams about the physical body and mind of the being. Our waking state is a prolonged or collective dream, not a long -lasting reality.

Mahā Śivarātri - Night of Eternal Resurrection

True awareness is not just following the latest developments or the latest scientific developments. This is self -awareness beyond waking, dreaming and deep sleep, birth and death. But to attain that eternal state of enlightenment, we must continually develop it through regular introspection and meditation.

Lord Shiva as a state of pure Consciousness that is always awake is our guide to wake up from human dreams to our greater reality in the self -conscious universe. Shiva is the supreme deity of the cosmos whom modern science seeks to explain the magical universe in which time and space have no supreme reality. Shiva is also the supreme deity of eternal life who can guide towards total peace and Ananda, beyond any dependence on the outside world.

On Shiva Ratri , the night of Shiva, we must strive to stay awake, seeking the light of eternal consciousness that is always within us. Shiva Ratri is the night of Yoga Nidra or sleep yoga, when we rest our mind and body, and return to the yoga state of unity consciousness beyond the Mayan fluctuations .

We can meditate on Lord Shiva in the heart or in the region of the third eye, Shiva's eye. or can easily perceive it as the presence of an all -encompassing Being.

When Lord Shiva controls the voice and cosmic spells, we can recite OM Namah Shivaya , Mrityunjaya , or Strotam Shiva .  We can worship or perform abhishek of Shiva Lingga , his cosmic symbol. There are many practices that can be followed, including visiting the temple / temple of Shiva.

Shiva Lingga

The modern thought of  Shiva lingga  and  Shakti yoni  seems to be obsessed with the sexual symbolism of Tantra, seemingly unable to move beyond the physical awareness of these symbols to their spiritual indications. This has made the study and practice of Yoga Tantra at a superficial level where its deeper cosmic and creative energy disappears.

There is a tendency to reduce the Shiva phallus and Shakti yoni , the two main Tantra symbols of ascending and descending power-often represented by an upright cone stone for the Shiva phallus and a ring stone or base for Shakti yoni -for men. and the female organ, which is just one of their many reflections, and their erotic glorification. There is a tradition of Tantra mithuna sexuality that uses sacred sex as part of Yoga practice. But that is not the only practice of Yoga Tantra, let alone the highest.

The polarity of the forces we find in sexuality is reflected in the great duality of nature ranging from electricity and magnetism, to the power of fire and water, the sun and moon, and the shapes of mountains and valleys. It is this universal duality and polarity that is the basis of Yoga Tantra, working with it, and through it returning to the pure unity behind it.

Lingga is a symbol of universal power, masculine cosmic power or the principle of Shiva . It has many forms in nature.

In Sanskrit, the word linga refers to the 'main sign' or 'characteristic' of something. As a term, it is not a synonym for sexual organs, as some people believe. Lingga shows what is extraordinary and defining.

In the philosophy of Yoga, the term phallus refers to the subtle body, which is the dominant principle in our nature over the physical body. Lingga Shiva is also a delicate body and can show the upper region from the heart to the head. Lingga is a place where energy is retained, produced and maintained.

There are various types of phallus typology , namely the pseudo phallus which consists only of a circle called Siwabhaga and a square as a lining. Lingga which consists of three parts, namely the circle part which is also called Siwabhaga , below it the eighth part is called Wisnubhaga , and below it the rectangle is called Wisnubhaga . In addition, generally the phallus has a pair of yoni under it as a basis.    

Lingga also referred to as the phallus links , with the Brahma and Wisnubhaga called links , while Siwabhaga called phallus .  

The term link is called linggapada in the text of Shiva Siddhanta . Linggapada means a foot or base that features the phallus and is equipped with a channel to channel the offering water that is sprinkled on the phallus . When the phallus and the legs are paired, it is called the linga-link , which is the entire construction that includes the legs and the phallus , namely l ingga-yoni. Pranala, nala, pranalaka in Sanskrit means water channel, made or carved on the foot of the phallus, i.e.  the underlying yoniphallus.  

Lingga This link is related to the three series or Tri Purusha namely Brahma, Vishnu , and Shiva with Shiva as the Main Deity in the field of freedom or true independence. Shiva is called the phallus while Brahma and Vishnu are together given the name Pranala . This means that Brahma and Vishnu are considered the basis, i.e. yoni for the phallus. Links are likened to the place of birth or the place where something arises.

While the padma of Astadala found under Brahmabhaga reflects the manifestation of Shiva facing the eight directions of the wind eye.  Phallus and yoni or phallus and link is a dualistic structure of the union of heaven and earth, phallus with yoni, life-death, Yang characters   with Ing , the unification is Ongkara which is the phallus itself.


Symbolism of Lingga - Yoni

Shiva represents the energy of consciousness and increased life in nature. We see this in the form of mountains, thunder clouds, trees, and straight people. There are many phalluses associated with light, the phallus of the Sun, Moon and Fire.

Lingga Shiva is often described in terms of light, crystal or transparency. Shiva himself is said to be pure light or light in an indistinguishable primal state, Prakasha matra .

Lingga Shiva is connected to an upward pointed triangle, which is also a symbol of fire. Lingga is present in the male sexual organs in both plants and animals. The worship of the phallus is more commonly connected to the worship of pillars, obelisks, standing stones and pyramids. The worship of the tantric phallus is connected with the worship of the Vedic pillars ( Stambha Veda, skambha, dharuna ), which have parallels throughout the ancient world and in native cultures in general who can still feel the spiritual power behind the formation of nature.

Lingga Shiva is often a pillar of light. In the special Vedic fire rituals , fire can be made up in the form of pillars that can also be human -shaped! In fact, the term Dharma originally referred to what upholds something and can be symbolized by a pillar. Shiva phallus is the universal pillar of Dharma . The pillar is also an inner symbol that shows an upright spine and a concentrated mind.

In terms of human nature, there are some phallus or characteristic signs. The power of Prana is the power of the phallus or pillar that supports the physical body in accordance with the current radiating from it. This is the inner ' Prana Lingga '. Our deeper intelligence or Buddhi gives us the power of enlightenment to discern the higher reality, ‘ Buddhi Lingga ’.  The Atman or Higher Self is the ultimate phallus or determining force of our nature that remains stable and high (transcendent) throughout all our life experiences, the ' Atma Phallus '.

Lingga and yoni are always together, first on opposite levels, as a triangle tapering up and down. Lingga with yoni beneath it, a standing stone and a ring base, show the unification of positive and negative energy, as electro-magnetic force.

In addition, the phallus in its movement creates a yoni , just as a point in its movement can create a circle. This can be seen in the circular motion of stars, planets, and nebulae, as well as various other natural phenomena. The center is the phallus and the field of revolution is the yoni . The planets form a yoni or circle as they revolve around the Sun as the phallus , the solar system, its central principle or axis.

The phallus and yoni are also united in a chakra or wheel, with the phallus as the shaft and the yoni as the circumference. The use of the Hindu chakra in rituals and art also reflects these two strengths. Each subtle body chakra indicates the unification of the energy of Shiva and Shakti which works at a certain level of manifestation.

The energy of Shiva is the upward current that flows through the spine or Sushumna and the energy of Shakti is the horizontal current that it passes through, forming various lotus chakras. Together they form a spiral of power. Both forces are needed to create this dynamic movement.

The experience of Shiva phallus in Yoga meditation is the experience of the pillars of light, energy, peace and immortality, expanding the mind, opening the inner eyes and bringing deep peace and stability to the heart. From it radiates waves, currents, circles, and whirlpools of Shakti that spread this grace, love, and wisdom to all people. Concentrating our consciousness in the phallus is one of the best ways to meditate, calm the mind and connect us with our inner Being and Witness beyond all the turmoil and sadness of the world.

In Ayurvedic healing , the creation of the phallus of Prana or the concentration of Prana at a subtle level is what allows deep healing and rejuvenation to take place. In Vedic astrology , Shiva's phallus represents the power of light behind the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars. In the Vastu Shastra, Shiva's phallus is used to stabilize spiritual and vital energy in a house, as a channel of cosmic power.

To understand the ultimate secret of life, we must be able to see the ultimate power of existence. We must learn to see cosmic energy  rather than trying to reduce spiritual polarity to our own physical and emotional tendencies. This is another aspect of Yoga where we must look beyond human psychology towards universal consciousness.

Lingga As A Media Of Worship 

Lingga is a means of worship addressed to Lord Shiva and his manifestations, as a melter and giver of freedom. The most important hope through the worship of the phallus is to attain the non -existent Shiva. The worship of Sadasiwalingga  with full confidence through the mantras of his idol will reach the highest abode of Shiva and enjoy happiness with Shiva forever. 

By repeating or listening to Sarwalingga-stawa one will obtain children, wealth, abundance, devotion, proof and mukti . The worship of the phallus is also useful in destroying desire, and destroying pride, increasing the power of the mind and igniting the rays of wisdom or intellect, as well as destroying a large number of sins. 

Worship of Shiva will bring him closer to Shiva, the various karmas in him will be controlled, and the devotee will enter Shiva Loka. If the subtle elements have been controlled, then the worshiper will experience closeness to Shiva, then he will attain similarity with Shiva in terms of attributes and activities. 

If the devotee has attained the highest award, then cosmic intelligence or buddhism will be under control. In such circumstances the devotee has become equal to Shiva and will slowly be able to handle the precincts . In such a situation the worshipers of Shiva through Siwalinggam will attain freedom.  

Meaning of Unification

Lingga is a symbol of power, creation, the cause of the concentration of the mind, It is a singular and formless form. Siwalingga or Sadasiwa is a manifestation of the light of consciousness. 

He is the source of all creation whether moving or immobile, He is also the cause of everything, He is also the place where all the worlds are united, He is also the cause of this world. The prop or Pitham is the Prakerti of the mother Shakti , and the Lingga is the Cinmaya Purusha , the radiant light which shines itself. 

Linga-yoni  or  phallus links  a symbol  purusha  and  pradana .  This union of Shakti with Purusha explains the eternal spiritual union of the Principles of Shiva and Shakti.   

Worship of Shiva Lingga

In practice, Lingga Puja is the veneration of Lingga with various types of offerings, treating Isthalinga like you treat your most loved and respected friends and guests. You do all the pleasant things for Lingga , such as offering fragrant sandalwood pasta, beautiful flowers, incense, the light of good fortune, spells and songs to praise Him. 

Performing Simple Lingga Puja at Home

  1. Jalashuddi. Rub the tip of the right middle finger over Vibhuti,. Write Om (Kannada /Sanskrit) with the tip of the middle finger layered vibhuti, in fresh water to be used for Puja. This purifies the water. Sprinkle a few drops on your head and on the Puja utensils.
  2. Vibhuti or Bhasma. Wearing Vibhuti shows purity of mind and submission to God. Layer the inside of the three middle fingers of the right hand with Vibhuti by rubbing over the Vibuthi beam .
  3. Bhasmadharana. With the three middle fingers of your right hand coated with Vibuthi , apply Vibuthi on your forehead from left to right. Using the tip of the middle finger, apply the Vibuthi point between the two eyebrows - the center of Knowledge.
  4. Sarvanga Vibhuti. Also apply Vibhuti on both sides of the wrists, arms and on the heart.
  5. Rudrakshi. Wear 108, 32 or at least one Rudrakshi, with a strap around your neck.
  6. Abishekha. Pour holy water in the river over the Lingga that is in the middle of your left palm. You can hold Lingga with your middle finger so that Lingga does not fall.
  7. Vastra. Wipe Lingga and your hands with Vastra (towels provided for Puja only)
  8. Shatkona and Om. With the edge Vibhuti draw a six -sided star (triangle pointing up, layered with a triangle pointing down) in the palm of your left hand. Write Om in the middle (Kannada/Sanskrit)
  9. Panchakona and Om. Draw the five -sided star alternately and Om (Kannada/Sanskrit) in the palm of your left hand with Vibuthi.
  10. Asana. Place the Lingga over the star in the palm of your left hand. Make sure the Jalahari points to your right side (Jalahari is indicated with Om, or with a small notch on the side of Lingga)
  11. Vibhuti for Linga. Using the thumb, middle finger and ring finger apply three times Vibuthi around the Lingga in a circular motion. (Alternately Vibuthi can be applied to the Lingga with three middle fingers in the same way as you apply Vibuthi on your forehead).
  12. Double. Dip right finger in Gandha (sandalwood paste). Apply the Double dot in the middle, to Lingga's face.
  13. Akshata. Apply two to five grains of Akshata (raw rice / jowar / sajje) on the Gandha point.
  14. Patri and Pushpa. Using the thumb, middle finger and ring finger place the Bilva flowers and leaves on top of the Lingga.
  15. Dhupa. Light incense in front of Lingga.
  16. Ghante or Ghanta. Ring a bell or bells using gestures.
  17. Arati. Wave the Arati lamp gently with a clockwise up and down motion in front of Lingga.
  18. Karpura Dipa. Pieces of Karpura (camphor) are light in place of camphor metal and in front of Lingga.
  19. Dristi Yoga. Carry Lingga in the palm of your hand as high as your eyes. Focus your eyes and mind on Lingga.
  20. Mantra. While focusing on Lingga gently recite the mantra " Om Namaha Shivaya " 21x and meditate (During a certain period of time you can gradually increase the number of repetitions of the mantra - Om Namaha Shivaya) .
  21. Japamala. " Om Namaha Shivaya " mantra can be chanted 21 times, 108 times, or more, with the help Japamala (counting beads or rosary), preferably made of Rudraksha. Start with the bead next to the shikamani or the top bead. (Shikamani are beads that are tied so that they will stand out). Each time you repeat the Mantra, move one bead towards you until you reach Shikhamani. Stop in Meru.
  22. Naivedya. In a small plate, wave your palms towards the Lingga, indicating the food offering (Upon completion of the Puja you can this food as a Prasada).
  23. Achamana. After naivedya offers water by pouring water from a jar into Majjanasali (bowl).
  24. Namaskara. Bend to Lingga by touching the forehead to the palm area next to Lingga.
  25. Nirmalya. Using your thumb and forefinger, remove the flowers and leaves from the Lingga and drop them into Majjanasali. (Then empty the Majjanasali at the base of the live plant).
  26. Apara Snana. Wash Lingga Once Again. Dry with a vastra.
  27. Chidbasma. Again apply Vibhuti to Lingga with thumb, middle finger and ring finger (or with three middle fingers)
  28. Padodaka or Tirtha. Pour water on the Lingga and collect it under the Lingga in the palm of your hand.
  29. Tirtha Swikara. Holding Lingga with the right hand, sucking Tirtha (water purified by Lingga)
  30. Hudugada Pavuda. Dry the Lingga and place in Hudugada Pavuda (a new cloth is prepared for the Lingga). Fold the four sides of the Pavuda towards the top center to cover the Lingga. Place Hudugada Pavuda and Lingga together at the bottom of Gandagadigi/Karadige.
  31. Gandagadigi or Karadige. Slide the top of the Gandagadigi to the bottom and fasten it together by forming a knot with Shivadhara (the thread that holds the Gandagadigi) over the side columns.
  32. Lingayat. Wear Gandagadgi around your neck so that Lingga will be next to your heart.
  33. The Last Prayer. At the end of the Puja recite " Jaya Namaha Parvathi Hara Hara Mahadeva " (Glory to Parvathi and Shiva).

Abhishekam Lingga in Mahā Śivarātri

Abhisheka is one of the most important traditions of saivaism. And while doing Abhisheka , a worshiper of water, milk, and other natural ingredients to the gods. Abhisheka Lord Shiva or Lingga Shiva is referred to as Rudrabhisheka or Rudrabhishekam .

When doing Abhisheka with Bhava and devotion, your mind is concentrated. Your heart is filled with the image of God and the divine mind. You forget about your body and its relationships and surroundings. Egoism is slowly disappearing. When there is forgetfulness, you begin to enjoy and feel the eternal bliss of Shiva . The recitation of the Rudram  Mantra of Om Namah Shivaya   purifies the mind and fills it with Sattwa.

If one performs Shiva Abhishekam with Rudra Patha on behalf of a person suffering from any disease, he will soon be free from that disease. Abhishekam bestowed health, wealth, prosperity, lineage, etc.

By offering Pancha-amrita (a mixture of honey, milk, yogurt, Ghee, Ganga Water), to God, the mind about the body is reduced. Egoism is slowly disappearing. Therefore, self -sacrifice and surrender come in. Naturally, there is an outpouring from your heart, “I am yours, my Lord. All yours, my Lord. ”

Procedure of Shiva Abhishekam

Materials or equipment required:

  • Abhisheka Liquid - Water mixed with Ganga water, unboiled milk, sugar cane water and /or coconut water.
  • Punchamrits which are a mixture of raw milk, honey, sugar, ghee and curd. 
  • Water is mixed with Ganges water in an achamani pot with Kusha grass for sprinkling and spooning.
  • Incense, camphor, lights
  • Sandalwood paste, aromatic oil. 
  • Rice grains
  • Serving-Flowers, Fruits, Pinang, Bael Patra, Paan, Coconut

Place Lingam until Yoni is facing North and you are facing Lingam towards West and facing East. You have to sit with Asana. It is best to perform Puja of Lord Shiva while wearing Rudraksha on the body because it is his favorite bead.

Splash water on yourself and Puja.

Om Apavitrah Pavitro Va Sarva Vastana Gatopi Va Yah Smaret Pundari Kakshama Sa Bahya Bhyantarah Shuchi

Translation:

May all unholy things become holy, may all lower tendencies go away, as soon as we transcend what is possible inside and outside purified!

Then Sing:

Om Gurubhyo Namaha, Om Ganeshaya Namaha, Om Kula Devatabhyo Namaha, Om Ishta Devatabhyo Namaha, Om Mata Pitribhyam Namaha

Translation:

I submit to the teacher, I submit to Ganesha, I submit to the family god, I submit to my personal deity, I submit to my parents.

Place water in the right hand with an Achamani spoon and drink after each of these 3 spells:

Om Keshavaya Namaha, Om Narayana Namaha, Om Madhavaya Namaha

Place on the right side and pour water over the water: 

About Govindaya Namaha

Perform three short rounds of pranayama breathing.

Om Pranavasya Parabrahma Rishihi Paramatma Devata, Daivi Gayatri Chandaha, Pranayamae Viniyogaha

Bathe the lingam with water and then all the Abhisheka liquid one by one. Bathe Him with Punchamrita and again with water. All this while saying Om Namah Shivaya.

Now recite the Sadyojata mantra:

Om Sadyojaatam Prapadyaami Sadyojataajava Namo Namaha Bhave Bhavenaati Bhave Bhavasvamaam Bhavodbhavay Namaha 

Offering Sandalwood Pasta makes Tripunda on His Western Face with the Vamadeva mantra:

Om Vamadevaya Namah, Jyeshthaay Namah, Shreshthaya Namah, Rudraya Namah, Kalaya Namah, Kala Vikarannaya Namah, Bala Vikaranaya Namah, Balaya Namah Bala Pramathanaaya Namah, Sarva Bhuta Damanaya Namah, Manomanaya Namah.

Offer fire and incense to Him with the mantra below

Om Aghorebhyo Ghorebhyo Ghora Ghora Tarebhayaha Sarvebhya Sarva Sharvvebhyo Namaste Astu Rudra Rupebhyaha

Present flowers with the spell below

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dheemahi, Tanno Rudraha Prachodayaat

Sing the Ishana mantra

  • Om Eeshaanah Sarvavidyaanam Eeshwara Sarvabhootaanaam
  • Brahmaadipati Brahmanaadhipati Brahma Shivome Astu Sadaa Shivom 
  • (Prayer) Avahanam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Chair) Asanam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Kain) Vastram Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Sandalwood or aroma) Chandanam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Rice) Akshatan Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Flower) Pushpam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Dhoop) Dhupam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Lampu ghee) Deepam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Drinking water) Achamaniyam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Fruit) Naivedyam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Drinking Water) Achamaniyam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Pinang - Paan) Tambulam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha 
  • (Coconut) Shri Phalam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha

Burn Kamper and offer it to Him
Karpura Shivam Karuna Vataram Samsara Saram Bhujagendraharam, Sada Vasantam Hridaya Ravinde Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami

Say the Gayatri mantra 3 times

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha, Om Tat Savitur Varenyum Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat 

Sing the Solar mantra 3 times

Om Bhu Om Bhuvaha Om Swaha Om Maha Om Janaha Om Tapaha Om Satyam 

Repeat and touch each spell, right eye, left eye, forehead

Om Apo Jyothi, Raso Amtritam, Brahma Bhu Bhuvaha Swarom 

Recite the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra 108 times with Rudraksha mala. 

Om Haum Jum Sah, Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha, Om Triambakam Yajamahey, Sungandhim Pushti Vardanam Urvar Ukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat, Om Swaha Bhuvaha Bhu Om Sah Joom Haum Om

Bow or pray, then chant this last prayer: 

Om Purnamada purnamidam purnath purnamudyachite, Purnasya purnamadaya purna mevaya shishyate, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti


After the Abhisheka ritual , Shiva Lingga is decorated with a wreath made of Bilva leaves . Bilva Patra and flowers should be offered at Shiva Puja accompanied by chanting the Bilvastakan mantra .  

After that Chandana or Kumkum is applied to Shiva Lingga followed by illumination and Dhupa. 

Other items used to adorn Lord Shiva include Madara flowers also known as Aak, Vibhuti also known as Bhasma. Vibhuti is a sacred ash made using dried cow dung.

The mantra chanted during Puja is 

About Namah Shivaya

The people must break their fast the next day after bathing.


Benefits of Shiva Abhishekam

  • Milk, gives longevity, free from disease, and to give birth to a son. It is believed that by doing Abhisheka with milk, even a barren woman gave birth to a child.
  • Ghee gives Moksha status
  • Buttermilk, give good kids
  • Honey, give a melodious sound
  • Rice powder, free from debt
  • Sugarcane juice, provides good health
  • Pancha-amrita, to give wealth
  • Lemon juice, eliminates the fear of death
  • Sugarcane juice, provides good health and eliminates hostility
  • Coconut water, which is gentle gives pleasure
  • Cooked Rice (Annama), gives a great life
  • Sandalwood, bless Lakshmi
  • Water Abhisheka, give rain.
  • Water Kusha Abhisheka, became free from all diseases.
  • Holy water, give Moksha
  • Ghee, honey, and sugarcane juice give wealth,