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.