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Shakti, the Energy of Siva
Shakti And Maya
Symbolism of Siva
The Worship of Sivalingas
The 36 Tattvas
Siva--Ideal of Manhood
How To Worship Lord Shiva

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Saivism In Southern India
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108 Names of Lord Shiva
Shiva Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram
Ardha Nareeswara Ashtakam
Chidambareswara Stotram
Daridraya Dahana Shiva Stotram
A Prayer to Kalabhairava
Shiva Nama Malyashtakam
Shiva Mangalashtakam
Margabandhu Stotram
Maha Mrityunjaya Stotram
Nathopadesa Storam
Shiva Panchakshara Stotram
Parameshwara Stotram
Pradosha Mahatmyam
Shiva Raksha Stotram
Satha Rudriyam
Shiva Sadakshara Stotram
Shiva Sahasra Namam
Sasakti Shiva Navakam
Shiva Mahimnah Stotram
Shiv Chalisa
Veda Sara Shiva Sthavam
Sri Viswanatha Suprabathashtakam
Shiva Thandava Stotram
The Thousand Names of Lord Siva
Vaidyanatha Ashtakam
Vaidyanatha Namaskaram

How To Worship Lord Siva

Siva worshipped by Rama and Lakshmana

by Jayaram V

In the Sivapurana it has been told that once Sanatkumara was traveling in an aircraft and happened to see sage Parasara, practicing austerities (tapas ) on the banks of the river Saraswathi. Sanatkumara stopped by and asked the latter the reason for being at such a lonely place. Sage Parasara replied that having done his ordained duties as a teacher and helped lots of students to gain knowledge, he decided to practice austerities for his own salvation. Sanatkumara then revealed to him the knowledge he received earlier from Nandikeswara and suggested him to practice mananam, sravanam and kirtanam instead of austerities as effective means of attaining the grace of Lord Siva and achieve liberation. These three means are explained below.

  1. Mananam: Uttering the Siva mantras or prayers, contemplating or meditating upon the grandeur and significance of Siva or the sacred texts of Saivism and performing similar mental activities.
  2. Sravanam: Listening from others, or in a gathering of Siva's devotees, about Lord Siva, the concepts of Saivism, the books on Saivism, the life and activities of Nayanars or other devotees of Siva.
  3. Kirtanam. Singing the glory of Lord Siva either alone or in the company of other devotees. When it is done in groups it is called bhajan. Devotional singing helps the mind become stabilized in God.

The Worship of Sivalinga

According to the Sivapurana, in the age of Kali (kaliyuga) ,worship of Siva in the form of Sivalinga is the best means of liberation. Woship of Sivalinga can be done either at home or in a Siva temple or a sacred place such as the banks of a sacred river. The linga has to be worshipped by the traditional means (sadupachara) of

  1. dhyana,
  2. avahana,
  3. asana,
  4. padya,
  5. arghya,
  6. achamaniya,
  7. abhisheka,
  8. vastra,
  9. bhasma,
  10. gandha,
  11. akshata,
  12. pushpa,
  13. bilva,
  14. dhupa,
  15. dipa,
  16. naivedya,
  17. tambula,
  18. mahanirajana,
  19. mantrapushpa,
  20. namaskara and
  21. prardhana.

The Significance of Sivalinga.

As the highest reality Siva is both Saguna (with form and qualities) and Nirguna (without form and qualities). The Siva linga is a rendering of Siva in his formless or nirguna aspect. Saguna Siva is known by his five aspects known as panchanana aspect and there are temples in India where we can see a Sivalinga having five faces representing these five aspects. According to the followers of Saivism, Nirguan Siva is the highest reality, the absolute principle, the formless unknown Self of all and the one indivisible Supreme Reality. Sivalinga represents this aspect of Siva and therefore its worship is considered to be the highest form of worship we can perform.






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A devotee worshipping Lord Siva


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