Mahaa Shivaraathri.


Maha Shivarathri is the day when Shiva was married
to the goddess Parvathi.It is also believed
that on Shivarathri, Lord Shiva became
Neelakantha or the blue throated by
swallowing the deadly poison, that came up
during the churning of Kshira Sagara or the
milky ocean.The poison was so deadly that
even a drop in his stomach(which represents
the universe)would have annihilated the
entire world.Goddess Parvathi held her hand
against his throat, preventing Him from
swallowing it and so Shiva has a blue throat,
where the poison is contained.Shivarathri is
therefore, also a day of thanks giving to Lord
Shiva for protecting us from annihilation.
It is also said that the snake’s 3 round,
around Lord Shiva’s neck depicts future, present
and past.That states that Shiva is independent of
time and controls time.The snake also stands for
passion and desires. By wearing the snake around
His neck, Lord Shiva conveys the message to all
His devotees that He has overcome all desires
and is in full control of Prakriti or Maya.
The snake also stands for the power of Kundalini,
which is described as a coiled serpent lying
dormant in the Mulaadhaara chakra of all human
beings and rises upwards when one starts one’s
spiritual journey and becomes increasingly
divine oriented.
Lord Shiva also wears elephant skins. Elephant
represents pride. By wearing elephant skin,
Shiva indicates that He has conquered pride.
Shiva has 2 kids-Ganesha and Karthikeya and
all others were just brought in by different
traditions and not really Shiva’s sons/daughters
according to Hinduism.
Ganesha was created by Parvathi, out of clay
to guard her entrance.
Karthikeya is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi.
Ganesha is his brother and Valli and Devayani are
his wives.He is known by different names like
Subrahmanya,Muruga,Shanmuga, Armugam,Guhan,Skanda
and Kumara Swamy.He is the Hindu God of war.
He is the Commander -in-chief of the army of the
It is believed that Lord Ayyappan was born from the
union of Hari and Hara.He combines the strength of
both Shiva and Vishnu.Lord Vishnu gifts the new-born
infant with a small bell necklace and hence this
deity is also hailed as Manikanthan Swamy.In
Tamilnadu, He is called Shasthappan.
In the Hanumaan Chalisa Lord Hanuman is identified
as the 11th Avatar of Lord Shiva.
Other members of Lord Shiva’s family are–
Nandi is the son of Shiva, born to Shiladra.
Veerabhadra is born of lock of Shiva’s hair,
who destroys Yaksha’s Yajna.Jalandhara is the
demon son of Lord Shiva, born of fire from Lord
Shiva’s third eye.Snake goddess Manasa is Shiva’s
daughter.Andhaka was a blind and horrible looking
demon created by the sweat that oozed out of Parvati’s
hands, due to touching of Shiva.
Ashoka Sundari, created from a tree by Parvathi
to give her freedom from loneliness.
When Shiva(static consciousness), united with Shakti
or Parvathi (Kinetic energy)Ganesha(sound) and Skanda
(light) were born.Jyoti also was born out of this union.
Lord Shiva represents the cosmic consciousness and
Divine Mother, Shakti denotes the creative energy.
Ganesha represents the elements of earth and water,
Skanda symbolizes the element of fire and Jyothi
represents the elements of air and space in Hindu
Earth, water,air,fire, space are known as
Pancha Bhootas.These pancha bhutas are
associated with the five faces of Lord Shiva.
In association with each face,Lord Shiva is
called as Pancha Bhuta Linga, which are
situated at the following places.
Pritvi Lingam is situated at Kanchipuram.
Jala lingam is situated at Thiruvanaikkaval, Trichy.
Agni lingam is situated at Tiruvannaamalai.
Vayu lingam is situated at Kalahasthi.
Chithambaram(space) is situated at Chidambaram.


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