Shiva is accepted to be at the center of the centrifugal power of the universe, because of his obligation regarding demise and annihilation. In contrast to the godhead Brahma the Creator, or Vishnu the Preserver, Shiva is the dissolving force throughout everyday life. Be that as it may, Shiva brings death since it is absolutely important as, without death, new life won't exist. So the alternate extremes of life and demise, creation and annihilation, both live in his personality. Shiva is frequently depicted as a profound ascetic with an uninvolved and calm attitude. Here and there he is portrayed riding a bull called Nandi, decked in floral garlands. An exceptionally convoluted god, Shiva is one of the most interesting Hindu divine beings. One of the three central divinities of the Hindu Pantheon, Lord Shiva, or "the Auspicious One" is venerated in Shaivism (one of the three most remarkable gatherings in contemporary Hinduism) as the Supreme God. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva in his linga avatar is worshipped by his admirers.
It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva helps his devotees maintain a peaceful and stable mind free of worries, sorrows, and sin, filled with happiness; and also helps them turn their dreams into reality. Shiva is viewed as the wellspring of both goodness and malevolence and is viewed as the person who consolidates numerous disconnected personality traits. Shiva is known to have untamed enthusiasm. Sometimes Lord Shiva is a saintly ascetic, calm and composed, who has given up on all materialistic pleasures of life; and at other times, he is in pursuit of pleasure and is often viewed as self-indulgent.
Q1. How should a devotee worship Lord Shiva?
A true devotee should visit Lord Shiva's temple each Monday with a clear mind and body to worship him. Visiting the temple in the evening after 4:00 PM is propitious. Devotees can wear a rudraksha bead to acquire instant happiness from Lord Shiva. Wearing a rudraksha signifies having Lord Shiva by your side always. It is believed to delay your death, defeat sickness, bring mental peace, and succeed in life. The devotee can utter Maha Mrutunjay's mantra while walking to Lord Shiva's temple. This is the spell to defeat lethal illnesses and sudden demise. The devotee can apply a tilak of vibudhi or bhasm on the brow while visiting the temple. This holds the energy of the chakra in the brow. It is advisable to pray to Lord Ganesha before worshipping Lord Shiva, as it is believed that Ganesha will remove any hindrances a devotee might face while worshipping Lord Shiva and receive blessings.
Q2. Why does Shiva wear tiger skin?
As written in the Shiva Puran-Lord Shiva used to meander around the woods exposed. Once, he arrived at a wood that was home to other saints, who used to remain there alongside their families. Whenever Shiva wandered around the woods in his exposed body, it inconvenienced the women in the town. Notwithstanding, Shiva was uninformed about this occurrence and he continued to travel. This upset the holy saints in the town as their spouses were getting drawn to the youthful sage and they chose to show him something new. The holy saints dug an enormous pit on Shiva's way and left a tiger in the pit. Be that as it may, Shiva stayed unaffected, and in the space of seconds killed the tiger and detached its skin to cover his body. From that point on, Lord Shiva wears a tiger skin which represents the triumph of the heavenly power over a wild creature's senses.
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