The Linga Purana is one of the eighteen Puranas, it describes about the importance of Lord Shiva, his consort Mata Parvati, and his children, Ganesha and Muruga, and it also tells us about the worship of Lord Shiva in the form of Shiva Lingam. This famous text is also believed to be written by the great sage Sri Veda Vyasa.
In this text, festivals of Lord Shiva like Shivaratri, sacred temples of Lord Shiva like Kasi, Somnath and Kedarnath, the significance of his divine vehicle Lord Nandi Bhagavan, and about the Shiva Bhakti of the Nayanmar Saints is mentioned clearly. It also tells about the importance of applying sacred ash in our body, and about the holy Rudraksha. Shiva, also known as Paramashiva, Parameswara, Mahadeva and by several other names,is one of the Chief deities of Hinduism. He is the Supreme deity,and in this Purana, the significance of Lord Arunachala, a form of Lord Shiva, is also mentioned.
According to Linga Purana, Lord Shiva is the one who controls the entire universe through his great powers, and only through his guidance, all the other deities like Brahma and Vishnu are discharging their duties. There is no beginning and end for Shiva, and he looks like a powerful rishi, who wears the tiger skin, holds a Trishula in one hand, and blesses us in his another hand.
According to legend, once when Brahma and Vishnu tried to test their powers in order to find out who is the supreme deity among them, Lord Shiva had appeared before them in the form of a big flame, and the flame has become bigger and bigger in size and occupied the entire earth and the heaven. Brahma and Vishnu were unable to find the top and bottom of the huge flame, and then they accepted that Lord Shiva is the supreme deity among all the other gods.
This Purana stresses the importance of the sacred ash and holy Rudraksha. As per legend, once when a sage narrated about the importance of wearing rudraksha and applying sacred ash to a king, the king wanted to test the powers of that, and due to that, the great sage had applied sacred ash to his cat, and put a holy rudraksha on its neck, and by chanting the “NAMA SHIVAYA” mantra, he has thrown out the cat into the sky. To the surprise of everyone, the cat didn’t fall down. But it went to the Indra Loka, and on seeing the holy cat, Lord Indra honoured the cat, gave a seat, and then put a Parijatha flower garland in the neck of the cat, bowed his head, and then as per the instructions of Indra, Mathali, the divine charioteer of Lord Indra, has brought back the cat to the earth through his divine chariot.From the above incident, we can know about the holiness of sacred ash and rudraksha. Famous Shaivite saints had reached the abode of Lord Shiva by regularly wearing Rudraksha and applying the sacred ash in their body.
Hence let us always apply sacred ash in our body, wear the holy rudraksha and sincerely worship Lord Shiva by chanting his divine mantras and be blessed.