A lot of people have been asking as to how to do shivling puja or the correct way to offer jal on shivling. So, here is the answer to all your questions regarding shivling puja.
Lord Shiva, also popularly known as Mahadev and ‘the destroyer of the world’, is one of the three Trimurti. He is usually worshipped in the anionic form of lingam. The best form of worshiping Lord Shiva is by doing Shivling Puja and the only correct way of Shivling puja is by offering the following items in chronological order:
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How to do Shivling puja – What to offer on shivalinga
Although bholenath accepts whatever and however you offer but as per Hindu scriptures, you should offer things in this order:
- Panchamrit (Milk, Curd, Honey, Ghee & Sugar)
- Water (to clear off Panchamrit)
- Vastra or Janeu
- Bilva Patra
- Dhoop or Diya
If you do not have access to any of the above, don’t worry. You can skip or replace them. Milk in place of Panchamrit can be used and likewise, these items can be replaced with substitutes. Most of all, remember, it’s the devotion and purity of heart that matters the most.
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And do remember that when you offer jal or water, you first offer it to Ganesh, then Gauri, then Kartikeya, then Nandi and then on Shivalinga.
Some more ways to worship Lord Shiva include:
- Regularly pray to Lord Shiva in the morning and evening.
- Washing Shiva Linga properly and applying Vibhuti or bhasma.
- Lighting a diya (earthen lamp)/Dhoop-agarbatti (incense stick)
- Reciting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’.
- Offering water, milk, and sweets made with milk to Lord Shiva on Mondays.