Why is Lord Shiva worshiped by Shaivites?

Lord Siva is worshipped down the ages as the creator and destroyer of this world. Chanting of the mantra ‘Om Nahma Shivaya’ while offering prayers with Bael or Bilva leaves, Dipa, camphor, sandal-sticks, fresh water, lot of flowers and food to the Lord everyday gives peace of mind, to attain spiritual enlightenment and come out from all the miseries in life.

Everyday chanting ‘Shiva Stuti’ early morning purifies body & soul and helps to gain and accumulate wealth, to lead a prosperous and happy life and enter the Immortal abode of the Lord, on death.

Shaivism or Saivam one of the four most influential sects in Hinduism is widely associated with Lord Shiva. Followers of Shaivism, are called “Shaivas,”,also “Saivas” or “Shaivites”. Shaivates use sacred ash or bhasma on their forehead and all over their body as a sign of Shaivism. Shaivaities believe that Shiva is the creator, preserver and revealer of all in this world. HE is the destroyer and the transformer.HE is regarded as the foremost of the five primary forms of God: Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha.

According to the Shaivaties only through worshipping Shiva one can attain the doctrines of dharma, artha, kama and moksha and get rid of all sins for ultimate renunciation from this world.Shaivates believe offering daily prayers to Lord Shiva can only heal one of all wounds and traumas that encircles the life.

Worshipping Lord Shiva can only help one to live this life without grief and attain bliss in after-life. Shaivism is becoming popular worldwide day by day and as of is much well-known all over India and Nepal.

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