Monday, September 28, 2009

What is the Meaning of the GOD - HAR HAR MAHADEV


Har Har Mahadev - Bam Bam Bhole - Om Namah Shivay
Har Har Mahadev - Bam Bam Bhole - Om Namah Shivay

What is means of God?

Everybody knows that what is means of God, somebody knows that God means BHAGWAAN but I want to explain something different about it.

If Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the preserver, Shiva is the quintessential destroyer. His duty is to destroy all the world at the end of creation and dissolve them into nothingness.

G:- Generation of Universe ( Lord Brahma )

O:- Operator of Universe ( Lord Vishnu )

D:- Destroy of Universe ( Lord Shiva )

Powerful God( Lord Shiva ):

Shiva is 'shakti' or power, Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Known by many names - Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath.

None gave him birth, He knows no Lord. None rules Him in the world, nor yet controls. No features mark Him out, yet cause He is. Prime cause of that which steers, the senses five, the soul within.” Shvetashvattara Upanishad.

Shiva! The name, the word itself seems to come with so much aplomb to the Hindu mind. Images flood the mind’ eye. The savage one; The handsome one. The fierce one; The ardent lover of Parvati. One who wears snakes for ornaments; One who holds the Ganges on his head. One who destroys; One who dances. Wearer of leopard skin; Wielder of cymbals. One with long matted hair; One who wears the moon on his head! Worshipped in the form of a phallic symbol; Worshipped for the power of his third eye…

Shiva is one of the Hindu trinity that comprises the creator Brahma, the protector Mahavishnu, and the godhead Shiva whose primary responsibility is maintaining the life cycle. Shiva is the only godhead who is forever in deep meditation, totally absorbed in contemplation in His abode, Kailaasa mountain in the great Himaalaya.

On the other hand Shiva is all compassion when it came to saving the world from the serpent Vaasuki’s poison during the amritamanthana. Vaasuki, used as a churning rope, was so tired and sick from the repeated action of churning that he vomited the most potent poison into the ocean of milk.

Fearing the destruction of the world through this poisoning, Shiva immediately drank the poison. He Himself would have succumbed to the poison were it not for the timely intervention by Paarvati, His consort. Paarvati held Shiva’s throat tightly preventing entry of the poison into His body.

Shiva is worshipped as a lingam to help us contemplate the need to think of Him as the most basic and essentially formless one. Shiva is commonly portrayed as an ascetic with a serpent around His neck, vibhooti (sacred ash) adorning His face and His essentially bare body, a trishul (trident) in one of His hands and a kamandalu (container of water for use in religious practices) in an other hand, and a damaruga (small drum) in yet another hand.

The 12 Jyotirlinga of Shiva

1. Somnath is the foremost of the 12 jyotirlinga of Shiva, held in reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, traditions and history. It is located at Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra in Gujarat.

2. Ujjain - Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga The ancient and historic city of Ujjain or Avanti in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Jyotirlinga of Mahakaleshwer.

3. Bhimashankar - Jyotirlinga is associated with the legend of Shiva destroying the demon Tripurasura. Bhimashankar is located in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, accessed from Pune.

4. Tryambakeshwar - The origin of the river Godavari is intimately linked with this Jyotirlinga near Nasik in Maharashtra.

5. Rameswaram This vast temple in the island of Rameshwaram in Southern Tamilnadu enshrines Ramalingeswarar, and is revered as the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlinga of India.

6. Omkareshwar an island in the course of the river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and the Amareshwar temple.

7. Vaidyanath temple at Deogarh The ancient pilgrimage town of Deogarh in the Santal Parganas area of Bihar is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.

8. Mallikarjuna - Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple rich in architectural and sculptural wealth. Aadi Sankaracharya composed his Sivanandalahiri here.

9. Kedarnath - the Northernmost of the Jyotirlingas.Kedarnath nestled in the snow clad Himalayas is an ancient shrine rich in legend and tradition.

10. Varanasi - The most celebrated pilgrimage site in India The Vishwanath temple in Benares in Uttar Pradesh is the goal of the thousands of pilgrims that visit this ancient city. The Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.

11. Nageshwar near Dwarka in Gujarat is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Shiva.

12. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is a temple located in the vicinity of the tourist town of Ellora, which has several rock cut monuments from the 1st millennium CE.

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