Shiva Puja is the name of the action in Hinduism by which one worships Lord Siva through traditional and ancient rites with the use of mantra, tantra, kriyas, mudras, and abhishekam. Lord Shiva is one of the holy trinity in Hinduism and is the known as the destroyer. He marks the end of all mortal things, including life, hence any Hindu crematorium has to have a Shiva statue in its premises.It is said that praying to Shiva regularly has a host of benefits for devotees and praying to Shiva at home not only grants the wishes of the devotees, but also purifies the atmosphere of the house.
So, here’s what you need for doing Shiva Puja at home:
1) A Shiva lingam
2) Panchamrit items that include honey, milk, sugar and curd
3) Bilva leaves, sandalwood paste, vibhuti and oil lamps.
4) You would also need a Shiva Chalisa and Shiva Aarti book.
Shiva Pooja At Home Vidhi
- Ideally, the Shiva Puja should be done on a Monday.
- On the day of the puja, the devotees should observe a strict fast and consume only fruits and milk.
- He or she should break the fast in the evening after sunset.
- One must take a bath in the morning before the puja and cleanse one’s mind, body and soul.
- While doing the Puja, Mantras like the Shiva Bija Mantra, Maha Mrityunjay and others should be chanted.
- One should also read the entire Shiva Chalisa while being seated on a mat, ideally on the floor.
- Bilva leaves should be offered to the God, along with applying sandalwood paste on his idol.
The Shiva lingam should be smeared with sandalwood paste and an oil lamp should be burnt. Vibhuti must be applied to the Shiva lingam. Finally, Panchamrit Abhishekam is performed on the Shivalingam.
Note: If you don’t have a Shivalingam, don’t fret. You can do the puja with a picture of Shiv as well.
- Protects you from negative influences of Shani.
- Keeps the atmosphere of the house pure.
- Keeps diseases at bay.
- For unmarried girls, this puja helps them find a good husband.
- It helps you in tackling life’s problems and makes you a stronger person.
- Finally, it prepares you for attaining moksha or salvation.