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Parli Vaijnath Temple Story – Parli Shiva Temple

ParliVaijnathTemple is dedicated to Shiva and is located at Parli in Beed District in Maharashtra. The story of this ShivaTemple is associated with the Churning of Ocean or Samdura Manthana mentioned in the Puranas. It must be noted that many scholars are of the opinion that Parli Vaijnath is a Jyothirlinga temple – DeogharTemple in Jharkhand also claim it is the same Jyothirlinga temple.
Legend has it that when Amruta appeared after the Churning of Ocean or Samdura Manthana, Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu took the form of Mohini and hid Amritha and Dhanvantri in the Shivling at Parli.
When those who followed Adharma touched the Shivling, flames emerged from it.
When those who followed Dharma touched the Shivling, Amrita (elixir of life) flowed from it.
The Shivling at Parli is believed to have Amrita and medicines (Dhanvantri). Parli is surrounded by mountains and forests with medicinal plants. Because of the presence of Dhanvantari in the Shivling, and of its surroundings Parli Jyothirlinga…

Which Flowers Are Offered To Hindu God Shiva During Puja?

A devotee while doing puja to Hindu god Shiva offers flowers and leaves. The preferred leaf is that of bilva or bel. So which are the flowers that are offered to Shiva during puja? Shiva is most pleased with white color flowers.

So a devotee can offer any white color flower to Shiva. Apart from white flowers, red color flowers are also offered to Shiva.
One of the widely offered flowers is the Dhatura flower.
Two flowers that are never offered to Shiva are the Ketaki flower and Champaka flower. Tulsi is also not offered to Shiva.
Related Why Ketaki Flower is not offered to Lord Shiva? Why Champaka Flowers Are Not Used In the Worship of Lord Shiva? Datura Flower associated with Shiva

Shivratri Provides Us with an Opportunity to Clear the Dust That Is Covering the Shiva in Us – Hindu Blog

Shiva represents the pure and Shivratri is the night when this pure form appeared to annihilate the sufferings of human beings. Why are we human beings suffering because we are not able to realize the Shiva in us? The formless, the all pervading one with no beginning and no end, took a form to pull us out from the never-ending suffering.

Most festivals associated with Hindu tradition are noted for its mirth, fun and frolic but Shivratri is associated with contemplation, prayers and meditation.
Shiva represents the truth and we humans are far removed from the truth. Shiva in human form represents the true human and we have become everything but human.
Shivratri provides us with an opportunity to clear the dust that is covering the Shiva in us. The dusts of ignorance, attachments, ego, jealousy, anger, insecurity, prejudice and false ideas have hidden the Shiva in us.
Realize the Shiva in us and life becomes bliss – We travel to a plane beyond birth and death.
Today is Shivratri - all p…