- Freedom from Pitridosh.
- Win over enemies.
- Protection from all types of diseases.
- Eliminates obstacles in marriage.
- Brings happiness, peace and tranquility in one’s life.
- Strengthen conditions of favorable planets.
- Fulfillment of all wishes.
- Increase in worshipper’s respect and honor.
- Guarantees political success.
Shringar Puja is a popular puja performed in honor of the Maha Shiva, especially on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. On this day, Shiva is worshipped with full and entire rituals, including Shringar Puja. On this particular day every year, temples of Shiva are teeming with devotees, eager to gain His favor.
Shringar is a word generally associated with the ladies, as it means items of makeup, jewelry and adornments. But here in this instance, Shringar is used for God Shiva where instead of 16 Shringar for women, 9 Shringar for Shiva are used.
These 9 Shringar, when offered to God Shiva by his devotees, are believed to fulfill all the wishes of his worshippers because Shiva cannot stand seeing his devotees in trouble. The 9 Shringar dedicated to Shiva are- Kada on the feet, Mrigchhal, Rudraksh, Nag, Khappar, Damru, Trishul, Ganga and Moon on the head.
The puja is performed every day of the year in honor of the Jyotirling, in the evenings. These 9 different gems are worshipped equally and have their own importance in the Shringar Puja. Each of these gems is worshipped on Shiva as a separate entity on his idol or picture.
- Worshipping Gangadhari Shiva provides freedom from Pitridosh.
- Bhasmdhari Shiva helps a devotee conquer and win their enemies and bring happiness.
- Trishul holding Shiva removes all obstacles in marriage.
- Damru holding Shiva provides protection from all diseases.
- Moon holding Shiva strengthens the condition of favorable planets in a person’s horoscope.
- Snake bearing Shiva ensures political success.
- Rudraksh wearing Shiva gets pleased easily and fulfills wishes soon.
- Worshipping Kamdhari Shiva increases devotee’s respect and honor.
Legend Behind the Shringar Puja
According to Shiva Puran, once the Gods Brahma and Vishnu, the Gods of Creation and Preservation respectively, had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation. To put an end to the dispute and test them, Shiva himself pierced the 3 realms as an endless pillar of light, known as the Jyotirling.
Both Gods Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either direction. However, no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t. While Vishnu conceded his defeat, Brahma lied that he had found the end.
Shiva appeared as the second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of eternity. The Jyotirling is the Supreme Part-less Reality, out of where Shiva partly appears. The Jyotirling shrines, 12 in total, are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of endless light.
Hence, they are considered to be extremely holy and auspicious. The twelve Jyotirling are
- Somnath Jyotirling in Gir, Gujarat
- Mallikarjuna Jyotirling in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
- Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
- Omkareshwar Jyotirling in Khanda, Madhya Pradesh
- Baidyanath Jyotirling in Deoghar, Jharkhand
- Bhimashankar Jyotirling in Maharashtra
- Ramanathaswamy Jyotirling in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
- Nageshwar Jyotirling in Dwarka, Gujarat
- Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Triyambakeshwar Jyotirling in Nasik, Maharashtra
- Kedarnath Jyotirling in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
- Ghrishneshwar Jyotirling in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
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