Shiva is the epitome of worship for Hindus. He is revered the most as he is very soft by heart which melts for every devotee who calls out to him with love and dedication. That is why Shiva is also called ‘Bholenath.’ However, just the way Shiva gets impressed and happy very fast, he even gets angry in the flick of a second. So, it is very important to remember what makes him happy and what makes him annoyed so that we avoid any such act or offering which might offend him.
Today’s topic of discussion is what does Shiva dislike the most.
1. Ketaki flowers- Once upon a time, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu engaged themselves in a battle to prove their supremacy among the Divine Trinity. To put the argument to rest, Lord Shiva had to intervene and asked both Lord Brahma and Vishnu to find his origin and end. After trying to the best of his ability, Lord Vishnu failed and admitted his mistake while Lord Brahma lied by taking help from Ketaki flowers who supported him in his endeavour. When Shiva learnt about their lie, he got very annoyed and out of anger beheaded one of Brahma’s head. He then turned to Ketaki flowers and cursed her of not being able to be used in any religious offerings to any of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses hence forth.
2. Tulsi leaves- Basil leaves are a taboo to be offered on the Shivaling, the reason being that Tulsi leaves is a representative of Goddesses Laxmi who in turn is lord Vishnu’s wife. Hence it cannot e offered to any other God. Tulsi is also a variant of the Basil plant. Hence that too would be out of the question.
3. Haldi- The sacred Haldi or turmeric powder should never be offered on the Shivlinga because the former is considered to enhance the beauty of females while Shivlinga is symbolic of Lord Shiva.
4. Coconut water- Anything that is offered to Lord Shiva on the Shivalinga is forbidden from being consumed, hence coconut water is never offered to the devotee, the reason being that coconut water offered to the deities should be consumed mandatorily in the form of Prasadam.
5. Kumkum- Lord Shiva being the Supreme destroyer, offering kumkum or sindoor to him on his auspicious symbol, the Shivalinga, is not considered auspicious as sindoor is applied by married Hindu women to safeguard the long life of their husbands and is believed to be very sacred for them. Remember, Lord Shiva is considered to be the destroyer but this also stands true that it is very easy to appease him.
Keeping the above things in mind can shower you with endless blessings from the Lord in no time at all.
Dr. Puneet Chawla is a world #1 Vastu Consultants with 22 years of experience in Vastu Shastra.