Sawan 2022: The beloved month of Lord Shiva, who is known as Devo Ke Dev Mahadev, will begin on July 14. This month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Throughout the month, Shiva devotees offer special prayers to Bholenath. It is said that on these days, Lord Shiva is pleased by offering many auspicious things like Belpatra, Dhatura, Sandalwood, Akshat, Shamipatra etc. on Shivling and fulfils the wishes of the devotees. At the same time, according to Shiva Purana, these 7 things including Tulsi, turmeric, and vermilion should never be offered to Lord Shiva. Know more about it here:
Turmeric is never offered on Shivling because turmeric is believed to be related to women and Shivling is a symbol of masculinity. In such a situation, using turmeric to worship Shiva does not give fruits of worship. It is also believed that the effect of turmeric is hot, due to which it is considered forbidden to offer it on Shivling. Therefore, cold things like belpatra, cannabis, gangajal, sandalwood, raw milk are offered on Shivling.
Kumkum or vermilion
It is considered to be a symbol of good luck, whereas Lord Shiva is a recluse, so offering vermilion to Lord Shiva is considered inauspicious.
It is said in the scriptures that broken rice is never offered to Lord Bholenath as they are incomplete and considered impure.
According to Shivpuran, a demon named Jalandhar was killed at the hands of Lord Shiva. Jalandhar was blessed with a boon that no one could defeat his wife because of her purity. But for Jalandhar to die, Lord Vishnu had to disturb the purity of Jalandhar's wife Tulsi. Angered by the death of her husband, Tulsi boycotted Lord Shiva. That is why Tulsi is not offered to Shiva.
Til or anything made of sesame should not be offered to Lord Shiva as it is believed to have originated from the filth of Lord Vishnu.
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According to the story of Shiv Purana, once a dispute arose between Brahma and Vishnu as to who is the best among the two. Brahmaji was claiming to be the superior being the creator of the universe and Lord Vishnu was calling himself superior as the maintainer of the entire creation. Then a Virat Linga appeared there. It was decided by the consent of both the gods that the one who finds the end of this linga first will be considered the best. So both of them went in the opposite direction to find the ends of the Shivling.
Due to lack of ends, Vishnu returned. Brahma ji also did not succeed, but he came and told Vishnu that he had reached the end. He told the Ketki flower as a witness to this. On telling lie, Shiva himself appeared there and he cut off one of the heads of Brahma ji and cursed the flower of Ketki that Ketki flowers would never be used in the worship of Shiva.
It is said that Lord Shiva killed the demon Shankhchud. The conch shell is considered a symbol of the same Asura who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. That's why Lord Vishnu is worshipped with a conch, not Shiva.
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