Sawan 2021: Shivlinga puja – Things you should never offer on Shivling

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While doing shivling puja, there are certain things you should not offer on Shivlinga. There is a certain way things are offered on shivling and certain things that should never be used for shivling pujaHere’s the list of items you should not use for shivling puja.

Shivling puja vidhi – things you should not offer on Shivlinga

Turmeric or HaldiTurmeric or Haldi

Turmeric is feminine in nature and is considered a cosmetic product for females while Shivlinga represents masculinity, hence it is not offered to Lord Shiva.

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Tulsi or Basil LeavesTulsi or Basil Leaves

While doing Puja of Shivlinga, Tulsi leaves can’t be used. This is because Tulsi was the wife of Jalandhar who was blessed with a boon of immortality subject to his wife’s chastity. To save people from the atrocities of Jalandhar, Lord Vishnu disrupted Tulsi’s chastity and then Lord Shiva burnt Jalandhar to ashes. Tulsi got enraged over this and banished her leaves to be ever used for Shiv puja.

Shivling puja vidhi – things you should not offer on Shivlinga

Kumkum or SindoorKumkum or Sindoor

Kumkum is applied by married women for the long life of their husbands. Lord Shiva is considered to be the “destroyer” hence kumkum is not used for his puja.

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Shivling puja vidhi – things you should not offer on Shivlinga

Coconut WaterCoconut Water

Coconut water when offered in Puja is mandatory to drink as Prasad. But, consuming whatever is offered on Shivlinga is forbidden. Hence coconut water is not offered on Shivlinga. If you want, you can offer the whole coconut.

Champa & Ketaki FlowersChampa & Ketaki Flowers (1)

Champa flowers were cursed by Narada Rishi for lying to him and taking sides with a Brahmin who used Champa flowers to please Lord Shiva, thereby becoming powerful in King’s court and harassing the poor. Ketaki flower was cursed by Lord Shiva himself for supporting a lie of Lord Brahma that he had reached the uppermost limit of the mighty column of light, Shivalinga.

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Lord Shiva is considered to be very soft-hearted and easy to please. Even if you do not know any Mantras, just worship Him with a pure heart and he will bless you.

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One thought on “Sawan 2021: Shivlinga puja – Things you should never offer on Shivling

  • July 23, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Hi & thank you for such interesting articles!xx


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