Shiva Puja – A Simple Guide for You to Please Shiva
The entire Hindu religion is based on three Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the operator and Mahesh (Shiva) the destroyer. Lord Shiva is believed to be very loving but short tempered.
Many gurus and mahatmas, worship Lord Shiva because he can be easily pleased and once happy grants you with his profound blessings.
How to do Shiva Puja
There are no hard and fast rules of worshipping Lord Shiva.
In fact you do not need to go to a temple to worship Lord Shiva every day, you just need a Shiva linga along with Shiva family for everyday worship.
Lord Shiva family consists of Goddess Parvati – Shiva’s wife, Lord Kartikeyan – elder son, Lord Ganesha – second son and Nandi – Shiva’s friend and ride.
Keep the statues facing East or North and completely avoid south facing.
Start your Shiva Puja from Monday – it is considered Shiva’s favorite day of the week.
Take a bath early in the morning and wear neat and clean clothes.
Pour water, milk, curd, sugar, ghee, honey on the Shiva Linga and the Shiva family. In the end pour water again. (This process is known as abhishekham). Keep chanting Shiva mantra during abhishekham. (Mantras given below).
Then apply sandalwood paste and offer flowers. Yellow, white and Datura flowers are Shivas favorite. Offer Bael tree leaves too.
Offer food or sweets as Prasad.
Light ghee lamp and chant Shiva aarti. (below mentioned).
Consume the Prasad offered. This Prasad will bring peace and prosperity in your life.
The water and other ingredients used in abhishekham should be consumed as Prasad or poured in Tulsi Plant. Remember not to throw the water in drainage.