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Greatness of Shiva
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by admin

During the churning of the Milky Ocean by the Devas and Asuras, the serpent Vasuki began to emit large amounts of the dreded Kalakuta( poison), which was suffocating both. Listening to their mercy please, Lord Shiva  drank the entire poison, due to which his throat had turned blue from which he got one of his names Neelakantha( One with a Blue Throat) . In a sense, Shiva's drinking of poison to save the Devas and Asuras is seen as God, bearing the sins of his devotees while protecting them from harm.

Shiva's  Trishul or Trident symbolizes the unity of 3 worlds of a human being-his inside world, the immediate world around him and the broader world, a harmony between the 3. The crescent moon on his forehead that gives him the name of  Chandrashekar, dates back from the Vedic age when Rudra and Soma, the Moon God, were worshipped together. The Trishul in his hand also represents the 3 Gunas-Sattva,Rajas and Tama, while the Damaru or the drum represents the sacred sound OM from which all languages are formed.

Bhagiratha  prayed to Lord Shiva for getting the Ganga to earth, which would flow over his ancestor's ashes and grant them salvation.However when Ganga was....

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