Shiv is worshipped by all
kinds of creatures - the Devtaa like Vishnu, Brahmaa, Indra, Raam, Krishn;
by Asur like Baanaasur, Raavan , Tripuraasur, Shoorpadm; by humans like
Shankaraachaarya, Bhagvatpaad, Appar; by other creatures like Jataayu, Sampaati
(eagles), Baali (Monkey) and the list goes on and on. One finds in the Puraan
the variety of people of different backgrounds and qualities worshipping
Shiv. There are many histories of temples which talk of the cranes, bees,
elephants, spiders, snakes worshipping Shiv and getting blessed from him. So he
as the Supreme blesses anyone who worships in sincere devotion. There is no
discrimination on who the seeker is. He is so merciful that he showers the boons
one look for when there is a determination to seek him. It is evident from the
history of Asur Baanaasur who attained a great fame of his valor and got the
place in the abode of Shiv all due to his determined worship of the Lord.
Know Your Shiv Like This
Shiv is The One - Ekam Satya
Shiv is Two - Paarvatee and Parameshwar (Ardh-Nareeshwar).
Shiv is Trinity - Brahmaa (AM) , Vishnu (Noon) , Shankar (Night).
Tri-Netra (Sun, Moon, Fire)
Shiv is Four - Veerbhadra , Ganesh , Subrahmanya , Nandeeshwar.
Lord of 4 Ved (Rig, Yajur, Saam, Atharv)
Shiv is Five - Panchaanan - Sadyojaat, Vaamdev, Tatpurush, Aghor and Eeshaan.
Shiv is Six - Shadaamnaaya - All The Five Above Plus Neelakanth
Shiv is Worshipped by - 7 Sapt Rishi , 8 Asht Vasus, 9 Brahmaa and 10 Mahaa-Vidyaa.
Shiv is Eleven - Ekaadash Rudra
Shiv is Twelve - 12 Jyotir Ling
Shiv is The Pashupati - Lord of 14 Chaturdash Bhuvan Residents.
Shiv is The Principal Deity of 15 Shaiv Upanishad.
Shiv is The Consort in 18 Ashtaadash Shakti Peeth.
Shiv's Auspicious Days : - Mondays,
Tithi - 8th , 13th , and 14th after Full Moon.
Shiv's Auspicious Time : - Every Day at Dusk.
Sarvam Shiv Mayam - Om Namh Shivaaya
Shankaram = Shubham = Peace and Prosperity.
ODE To Shiv
Great Master of The Universe "Mahaa Eeshwar"
Great Shiv Night "Mahaa Shiv Raatri" - Which is really Shiv's Great Night
Pandit differ as every night belongs to Shiv, it really does not matter
The Unborn, an Orphan, neither Father, nor Mother
He who dwells on "Kailaash", Sacred Mountain of Silver
Dons the garb of Mendicant who begs "Annapoornaa", Mother for food to save the
humanity from the pangs of Hunger
"Gangaadhar" carries Holy River Gangaa within the coils of his hair from Heaven
to Earth to quench humanity's thirst for water
Shiv, with three eyes are Sun , Moon and "Agni" The Fire
Your consort "Paarvatee" is half of you "Ardh-Naareeshwar"
Your throat is all blue as you harbor "Garal" poison so fiery that he became "Garal
Kanth" or "Neel Kanth"
This great night Shiv manifests as a Great Obelisk "Lingaakaar"
With no top which Brahmaa as a swan could fly no higher
With no root, which could not be dug down under by Vishnu as a Boar
Yet you are content with sprinkling of just ash and water "Bholaa Shankar"
Shiv, the Creator, the Sustainer, the Assimilator, the Liberator
You are "Nata Raaj", the King of all dance forms, an exemplary dancer
As "Dakshinaa Moorti", the Great Guru, A silent preceptor
As Vaidya Naath , The Great Healer, Killer of death itself, Divine Doctor
O Mahaa Parameshwar Lord Shiv what I can offer to you?
Shiv's Family and Their Vaahan (Rides)
Shiv - Nandee Bull
Paarvatee - Shiv's wife - Nandee Bull
Kaarttikeya and Ganesh - Shiv and Paarvatee's two sons - Peacock and Mouse
Ganesh's Vaahan is a
mouse (incarnation of
Kaarttikeya's Vaahan is peacock (Shoorpadm
Durgaa's (one of Paarvatee's form) ride is lion (Sinhmukh