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Importance of Dhatura in Shiva Worship – Benefits - Why is Datura Offered to Lord Shiva?

Datura flowers, commonly known as jimson weed, devil's trumpet, devil's weed, thorn apple, are used to adorn Shivling in many Shiva temples. Dhatura garlands are offered to Shiva and are available outside many Shiva temples. Legend has it that the Dhatura flower appeared from the chest of Shiva. This is mentioned in the Vamana Purana.

Sadhus who are worshippers of Shiva smoke the leaves and seeds of Datura plant. This is a poisonous plant and is not used by common people.

The plant along with its leaves, flowers and fruits are offered on Maha Shivratri night. The flower is used to worship of the Pradosh day – 13th day of a lunar fortnight.

Why is Dhatura Offered to Lord Shiva?

There is a belief that offering Dhatura will help in calming down the effect of poison in Shiva.

Shiva had drank the Halahala poison that appeared during the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan).

Benefits of Offering Datura Flowers To Shiva

  • It helps in overcoming fear of enemies.
  • Those who have sleep issues will find relief after offering the flowers and leaves.
  • The flower is also offered to solve financial problems.
The flower is usually showered on Shivling or garland is made placed near Shivling or is put around it.