Attain Perfection, Find Peace And Harmony With Shivji Puja
About puja

Siva is one of the persons of the Hindu triad or Trimurti and is associated with destruction, while Brahma and Vishnu attribute to the creation and sustenance of universe. None of the three actions of the universe – creation, sustenance or destruction can take place without the unified action of the three. Shiva also known as Maheswar, or the ‘great god’ plays an active role in creation too. He is worshipped and revered for the unique power that emanates from him.

The Emergence Of Shiva Shakti

In the beginning when an egg emerged from water with Vishnu inside it, he proceeded to create everything. Brahma too was created from the navel of Vishnu and seated on a lotus whose stem was in his navel. Once Vrahma came into being he wandered about his origin and not being able to find anything fell asleep. Vishnu woke him up and told him that he had emerged from his navel, but Brahma refuse to acknowelde and broke into a fight it is then that Siva emerged as a colum of fire without ends. Neither Brahma nor Vishnu were able to find its ends and so they acknowledged the presence of a third force ruling the universe and Shiva or auspicious emerged. The sacred Vedas identify Shva with the storm god Rudra.

Auspicious Time For Puja

Maha Shivratri is one of the most important festivals to be celebrated by Hindus. It is a time when Shivji is worshipped, glorified with sanctifying rituals all through the night. The word Shiva means ‘all-auspicious’, ‘maha means ‘great’ and ratri means ‘night’. So it is a great auspicious night when this person, one of the Hindu triad is invoked for his blessings. Legend has it, that while answering Parvati as to what kind of ritual puja pleased him most Shvji answered that worshipping him on the 14th day of the waning moon in the month of Phalgun pleased him most. Thus, it is on this day that the auspicious Shivratri is celebrated. In addition, Shviji is also venerated on every Monday of the week.

Items/samagri required

For the correct way of invoking the Shivashakti on the auspicious night, the following are required. It is good to have them all collated in time as the puja is usually done at night.

  1. Shivlinga
  2. Aasan or Mat specifically made out of wool
  3. Aankade Ka Phool or Arka Flower
  4. Agarbatti/ or incense Sticks
  5. Akshata (Chawal) or Rice
  6. Ashtagandha or Scented Orange Powder
  7. Attar or Scent of Aloe
  8. Bel Patra or Bael Leaves
  9. Bhang or Cannabis
  10. Chandan or Sandal Paste
  11. Dahi or Yogurt
  12. Deepak or Lamps
  13. Dhatura Flower or Mooflowers
  14. Dhoop
  15. Diye Ki Batti or Cotton Wicks
  16. Doodh or unboiled cow milk
  17. Fruits bel
  18. Ganga Jal or Holy Water
  19. Ghanta or Bell
  20. Ghee
  21. Sacred thread
  22. Kalash or Finial
  23. Karpoor or Camphor
  24. Loung or Cloves
  25. Mewa or Dryfruits
  26. Sweets
  27. Nariyal or Coconut
  28. Nariyal Pani or tender coconut water
  29. Panchamrit or a mixture of milk, sugar, ghee and honey Curd
  30. Phool Mala or Garland
  31. White Cloth
  32. Shahad or honey
  33. Sindoor or vermillion
  34. Sugar
  35. Supari or betel nuts
  36. Tambulam or betel leaf
  37. Vibhuti or Holy Ash

 

Puja vidhi/how to do

Shivji is worshipped with twenty six rituals known as Shodashopachara Puja along with the chanting of the corresponding mantras.

  1. Dhyanam: Puja of Lord Shiva begins with the meditation of Lord Shiva done before the shivalinga.
  2. Avahana: You can now offer seat to Lord Shiva while chanting.
  3. Padyam : Offer to wash his feet now that he has been invoked.
  4. Arghyam: Now offer water for the head bath or abhishek with its mantras.
  5. Achamaniyam: You can now proceed to offer water to Shivji to drink.
  6. Godugdha Snanam: Now follows a bath with cow milk and the mantras for it.
  7. Dadhi Snanam: Next follows the bath with curd.
  8. Ghrita Snanam: Mantras for bath with ghee are chanted and performed..
  9. Madhu Snanam: This step is the bathing of the linga with honey reciting the mantras.
  10. Sharkara Snanam: The bath with sugar follows with mantras.
  11. Shuddhodaka Snanam: Finally a bath with fresh water while chanting the mantras is done.
  12. Vastram: After giving bath with Panchamrita to Lord Shiva, now offer Him clothes while chanting mantras.
  13. Yagyopavitam: The sacred thread is now offered chanting the mantras.
  14. Gandham: The Lord is now scented with sandalwood paste.
  15. Akshatan: This stage is the offering of the akshat or the seven times washed unbroken.
  16. Pushpani: Flowers and garland are now offered to the Lord with mantras.
  17. Bilva Patrani: This is the offering of the special Bel leaves to Shivji chanting mantras.
  18. Dhoopam: Incense is now given to the Lord with mantras.
  19. Deepam: At this stage earthen lamp of pure Ghee is offered to Lord Shiva. Naivedyam: You will now have to wash your ahnds and offer the naividya or the fruits and sweets to Shivji chanting mantras.
  20. Aachamaniyam: Once again offer water to the Lord after the meal is over with mantras.
  21. Tambulam: Betel leaf is now offered.
  22. Dakshinam: At this stage while chanting the mantras offer Shivji money.
  23. Aarti: This stage of puja consists of doing arati to the Lord while chanting mantras.
  24. Pradakshinam: Now walk half way around Shivji chanting the mantras.
  25. Mantra Pushpanjali: At this stage all take flowers in hand and offer them to the Shivji after chanting the pushpanjali mantras.
  26. Kshama-Prarthana: At the end pardon and forgiveness of the Lord is asked for with the specified mantras.
Mantra

Shivji Slokas in Devnagari Script

Reciting the slokas regularly will ensure Sivji’s continuous benevolence.

अथ शिवपञ्चाक्षरस्तोत्रम्

नागेन्द्रहाराय त्रिलोचनाय भस्माङ्गरागाय महेश्वराय ।

नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगम्बराय तस्मै नकाराय नम:शिवाय ॥ 1 ॥

मंदाकिनीसलिलचन्दनचर्चिताय नन्दीश्वरप्रमथनाथ महेश्वराय ।

मण्दारपुष्पबहुपुष्पसुपूजिताय तस्मै मकाराय नम:शिवाय ॥ 2 ॥

शिवाय गौरीवदनाब्जवृन्दसूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय ।

श्रीनीलकण्ठाय बृषध्वजाय तस्मै शिकाराय नम:शिवाय ॥ 3 ॥

वसिष्ठकुम्भोद्भवगौतमार्यमुनीन्द्रदेवार्चितशेखराय ।

चन्द्रार्कवैश्वानरलोचनाय तस्मै वकाराय नम:शिवाय ॥ 4 ॥

यक्षस्वरूपाय जटाधराय पिनाकहस्ताय सनातनाय ।

दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय तस्मै यकाराय नम:शिवाय ॥ 5 ॥

पञ्चाक्षरिमदं पुण्यं य: पठेच्छिवसन्निधौ ।

शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ॥ 6 ॥

English Transliteration and Meaning

Shiva Panchakshara Stotra Mantra

Stotra 1:
Nagendra Haaraaya Thrilochanaaya
Bhasmaanga Raagaaya Maheshvaraay
Nityaaya Suddhaaya Digambaraaya
Tasmai Nakaaraaya Namah Shivaaya

Meaning :   I offer my humble salutations to Lord Mahesvara - who has a garland of serpents around the neck; who has three eyes; whose body is covered with ash (vibhuti); who is eternal; who is pure; who has the entire sky as His dress and who is embodies as the first letter Na.

Stotra 2:
Mandaakini Salila Chandana Chaarthitaaya
Nandeesvara Pramatha Naatha Mahesvaraaya
Mandaara Pushpa Vahu Pushpa Supoojitaaya
Tasmai Makaaraaya Namah Shivaaya

Meaning :   Meaning :   I bow to Lord Mahesvara, who is embodied as Makaara (letter Ma), whose body is anointed with holy waters from the river Ganges and sandal paste, who is the sovereign king of the Pramatha Ganas and who is adorned with innumerable divine flowers such as Mandaara.

Stotra 3:
Shivaaya Gauri Vadana Aravinda
Sooryaaya Dakshaadhvara Naashakaaya
Sree Neelakantaaya Vrisha Dhvajaaya
Tasmai Shikaaraaya Namah Shivaaya

Meaning :   I offer my salutations to Lord Shiva, who is the resplendent sun for mother Gauri`s lotus face, who is the destroyer of Daksha`s sacrificial ritual, who is the blue necked Lord (due to the Haalahala poison which He agreed to consume), whose banner bears the emblem of a bull and who is embodied as the letter Shi.

Stotra 4:
Vasishta Kumbhodbhava Gautamaaya
Muneendra Devaarchita Sekharaaya
Chandraarka Vaishvaanara Lochanaaya
Tasmai Vakaaraaya Namah Shivaaya

Meaning :   I prostrate before the God of Gods, who is worshipped and prayed to by great sages such as Vashishta, Agastya and Gautama, whose eyes are sun, moon and the fire and who is embodied as Vakaara (letter Va).

Stotra 5:
Yajna Swaroopaaya Jataadharaaya
Pinaaka Hasthaaya Sanaatanaaya
Divyaaya Devaaya Digambaraaya
Tasmai Yakaraaya Namah Shivaaya

Meaning :   Prostrartions to the sacred Lord who is the Yaksa incarnate, whose hairs are long and matted, who holds Pinaaka (trident) in His hand, who has the entire sky as His attire and who is embodied as the letter Ya.

Stotra 6:
Panchaaksharam Idam Punyam
Yah Pateh Shiva Sannidhau
Shivaloka Mavaapnothee
Shivena Saha Modate

Meaning :   Whoever repeats this prayer composed with the five holy letters before Lord Shiva, attains that supreme abode of His and enjoys the eternal Bliss.

 

Benefits

In the Vedic texts, Lord Shiva is confirmed as the fountainhead of perfection, bliss, meditation and spirituality. Performing his puja will help the devotee in all aspects of life.

  1. A well acknowledged benefit of performing Shivji’s puja regularly is that of marital peace, accord and harmony. People getting married or who have just been married carry out this puja to attain a happy conjugal life.
  2. Removes obstacle in life and attains peace of mind and happiness by eliminating negative forces. Removes all obstacles, and brings prosperity to business. Attracts positive vibrations and is considered auspicious before starting a new business
  3. If you are suffering from ill health and in particular recovering from diseases, it is recommended that you perform the Shivji puja.
  4. Shivji is also responsible for giving wisdom to those in need of it and act as a guiding force especially to businessmen.