Shiv Puja finds its mention in the oldest sacred Hindu texts and
Vedas. One of the major text that describes its origin and rituals is
Shiv Purana. Lord Shiva as a part of the holy trinity plays an important
role to balance the life in cosmos. He is also known as a foremost Yogic
guru who showed the path to yogic life, meditation and spiritual
Importance and Significance of Shiv Puja
Shiv Puja is performed to appease Lord Shiva, one of the supreme Gods
in Hinduism. He plays a role of a destroyer or a transformer of the
cosmos, to bring the much needed balance in the universe and remind the
temporary nature of material things around us.
Shiv Puja is performed to seek his blessing along with spiritual
transcendence and salvation from the worldly ties and sufferings. Shiva
is always worshipped in the Lingam form. There are various legends
attached to the story of how the form of a lingam came into being. The
Shiv Lingam represents the union of Shiva and Shakti, i.e. Parvati. It
also represents the cosmic pillar which is believed to be the originator
of the entire universe. Hence worshipping Shiva signifies the reverence
of the whole cosmos itself.
Another legend also states the trials Parvati had to go through in
her life. She observed many Vrats and performed rigorous Tapasya while
worshipping Shiv lingam. This pleased Lord Shiva, who married her later.
This union is considered as the union of a perfect couple. Worshipping
Shiva is said to bring marital harmony to the couples. Many unmarried
women observe Solaah Somvaar Vrat or fast on Mondays to find a perfect
Benefits of Performing a Shiv Puja
Worshipping Shiva relieves us of worldly ties and miseries. Some of
the benefits of performing Shiv Puja are
Wards off terminal illnesses. Keeps diseases at bay to help lead a
long and healthy life
Bestows professional success and happiness in general
Brings harmony in marriages to help lead a happy married life
Provides courage to bear and overcome the difficulties in life
Improves overall concentration and health
Protects from negative planetary influences that hinder your life
Helps in attaining spiritual transcendence and salvation
Occasions to Perform Shiv Puja
As such, Shiv Puja can be performed everyday, which is also practiced
by staunch devotees. Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva, hence most
followers make it a point to visit Shiva temple on this day to offer
puja and seek blessings. People who celebrate special occasions like
Maha Shivratri or the Solaah Somvaar falling in the month of Shravan,
follow it rigorously by observing Vrat and performing an elaborate Puja.
Shiv Puja Vidhi
If you have installed a Shiv Linga in your Puja Ghar, you can perform
Shiv Puja even at home. Else, one can even visit a temple to perform a
Devotees adorn fresh and clean clothes after taking a ritualistic
cleansing bath in the morning before visiting temple.
Puja begins with Dhyaanam, i.e.; meditating on Lord Shiva’s name and
then chanting his name for Avaahanam, .e.; calling on him to witness the
The next step is performing Abhishekam on Shiva Lingam to appease
Lord Shiva. The ritualistic abhishek is performed with various
ingredients like Milk, Water, Panchamrut, Ghee and Vibhuti.
Devotees then apply sandalwood and Vermillion(Kumkum) on Lingam and
offer betel leaves to it.
Flowers like Sankhapushpi and Jasmine are offered as they are also
dear to Lord Shiva. They also offer fruits as bhog or Prasad.
A ghee diya is lit along with incense sticks and placed before Shiva
Linga. The puja is completed with performing Aarti and burning camphor
to cleanse the surrounding.
Devotees then meditate with their eyes closed, either chanting
Mantras or performing ‘Jaapmalas’
Mantras to Chant for Shiv Puja
‘Om Namah Shivaaya’
This most chanted Shiva Mantra surrounds you with positive energy all
around, boosting your physical, mental and spiritual abilities
This mantra is chanted during Vira Shiva Puja, where the Lingam is
worshipped as a union of Soma – Shakti and Surya –Shiva. The mantra is
believed to purify one’s mind and soul for spiritual upliftment.