Stories from Shiva Purana

Shiva Puran 7 37-42.mp4-175

Shiva Puran 7 37-42.mp4-175

Sage Suta told the sages:- “There are twelve Jyotirlingas which are as Follows : 1) Somnath in Saurashtra, 2) Mallikarjuna in SriShail, 3) Mahakal in Ujjain, 4) Amareshwar in Omkar, 5) Kedar in the Himalaya, 6) Bheemashankar at the bank of Bheema river. 7) Vishwanath in Varanasi. 8) Trayambakeshwar ar the bank of Gautami river, 9) Baidyanath at Chitabhumi, 10) Nagesh which is situated between Darukvan dwarika and Bhet dwarika 11) Rameshwar at Betubandh and 12) Dhushmesh in Shivalaya.

Atri is a Vedic sage, who has composed several hymns in praise of Lord Agni, Lord Indra and other Vedic deities of Hinduism. Atri is one of the Saptarishi and was mentioned as a great rishi in the Rigveda.

Atri was married to Anasuya Devi. Lord Dattatreya was their son.  His wife Anasuya, was considered as one among the seven female pativiratas. In Treta Yuga during Ramayana, both of them met Lord Rama and Sita.

Lord Dattatreya was born to them due to their sincere meditation on god. He was the avatar of trimurtis, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He contains very good features, and he lived a noble and a simple life.
Sage Atri contains spiritual powers. He was blessed to have the god himself to be born as his divine son.

Maha Shivaratri is a  festival which is celebrated once in a year, in order to honour Lord Shiva. As per legend, it is believed that during the time of Maha Shivaratri, Lord Shiva would dance at his abode Holy Kailash, in order to bring peace and prosperity to the entire universe. Apart from the annual Shivaratri, monthly Shivaratri is also celebrated in the temples, and during that auspicious day, special pujas would takes place.

It is considered as the main festival of Hindus, and especially by the devotees of Lord Shiva, since by celebrating the Maha Shivaratri festival, the darkness in our minds would be removed, and our life would be filled with full of peace and happiness. During the day of this festival, fasting would be observed by the devotees either in their homes or in the Shiva Temples, and chanting of Shiva Mantras such as “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” also would be done, in order to remember Lord Shiva on that auspicious occasion. The details about the celebration of Maha Shivaratri is mentioned our Puranas, and it is believed that even the Divine Devas would visit the earth in order to get the holy Darshan of Lord Shiva in the temples such as Annamalaiyar Temple, Somnath Temple, Kashi Viswanathar Temple and Srisailam Sri Mallikarjunar Temple. Performing Girivalam during the time of Shivaratri in the Girivalam path of Tiruvannamalai is considered as a most good deed, since lot of divine devas would also be doing the Girivalam in the Girivalam path in an invisible form.

Mahashivratri is popularly celebrated by the spiritually minded people. We must always remember that Lord Shiva forgives lot of mistakes committed by us, and he is acting as our divine father. Similar to our own father, he would hug us affectionately during our difficult times, and would show us the proper path to lead our life without much difficulty. Hence it is our main duty to celebrate the holy Shivaratri festival by visiting the temples of Lord Shiva, by chanting his Mantras, by singing and listening to his songs, and also by the way of doing meditation on him.

Shiva Puja is an ancient practice adopted by the Hindus, wherein which, Shiva devotees used to worship Lord Siva whole heartedly by various methods like doing puja, offering flowers and Bilva leaves, doing meditation and performing abhishekam to the holy Shiva Lingam.

In ancient Puranas, we can find that lot of demons and kings have worshipped Lord Shiva and due to that, they have got great powers. Though Lord Shiva is described as the god of destruction, similar to Lord Vishnu, he is protecting all the living beings in the universe from dangers and difficulties. He is the supreme god, who controls the entire universe through his super natural powers.
As per Hindu Puranas, the great bear king Jambavan and pious demon kings like Mahabali and his sons Namuchi and Banasura were ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu’s avatars, Rama, Parasurama and Krishna had performed Shiva puja, and obtained the grace of Lord Shiva. As per Shiva Purana, the Lord would be very much pleased, and would grant various boons to us, if we sincerely utter the Panchakchara Mantra, “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” with utmost faith and sincerity.

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