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At Shri Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra – Shivratri Puja Ends with Holi

Shri Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A unique feature of the temple is that five pujas are offered instead of the regular four pujas and the fifth Shivratri night puja is Holi. Lord Shiva plays with colors. Shri Mankameshwar Temple is located at Mantola, Agra, Uttar  Pradesh. Shivratri in the temple is famous for – Abhishek throughout night Shringar Shiva appears in the form of groom. Marriage festival of Shiva. The five pujas dedicated to Shiva here are: The first puja is in which Shiva comes out as the groom. In second puja, Shiva the groom appears at the doorsteps of Himavan, father of Goddess Parvati. Third Puja – Shiva show his ferocious form to Mina , mother of Goddess Parvati. Fourth puja – Shiva appears as the handsome groom with ornaments made of diamonds. Fifth Puja – Shiva returns after marrying Goddess Parvati. Devotees celebrate it like holi by playing with colors. It is believed that having darshan of Shiva at M

Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi

Kal Bhairav is the fierce manifestation of Shiva. Below is the Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi. It is believed that those who follow Dharma and have unwavering devotion will have their wishes fulfilled immediately by Kal Bhairav . The best day to chant the mantra is Sunday. It should be chanted 108 times. Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi ॥ऊं भ्रं काल भैरवाय फ़ट॥ ।। ॐ हं षं नं गं कं सं खं महाकाल भैरवाय नम : ।। || ॐ भयहरणं च भैरव : || शत्रु बाधा निवारण हेतु - ऊं ह्रीं बटुकाय आपदुद्धारणाय कुरूकुरू बटुकाय ह्रीं। Related How to do Kal Bhairav Ashtami Puja? 

Lightning Strikes on the Shivling in this Shiva Temple at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh

Lightning strikes on the Shivling worshipped at the Bijli Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, shattering it into pieces. The priest of the temple then applies freshly collected butter from the village with reverence and sincerity and sticks the pieces of Shivling together. The butter loses its melting point and the stone becomes one. Bijli Mahadev Temple, at an altitude of 2460 meter, is located around 14 Km to the south-east of Kullu and a three Km trek from Mansari village. It is said that the Shivling worshipped at Bijli Mahadev Mandir gets damaged due to lightning every year in Shravan month – the temple priests then gathers the broken pieces and puts them together using butter. Therefore the name Bijli Mahadev Temple – Bijli means lightning. A local legend has it that the Shivling at the temple captures the powerful energies from the atmosphere and keeps the world safe. Every year lightening breaks the Shivling that is worshipped

Sand Sculpture of Lord Shiva and Shivling on Vamsadhara Riverbank during Shivratri

Tarani Prasad Mishra made a sand sculpture of Lord Shiva and Shivling at Vamsadhara riverbank during Shivratri. The place is near to Srimukhalingam, Jalumuru mandal of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. Related You can find Tarani Prasad's Nagula Chavithi sand sculpture here

Quotes and Teachings on Shivling from Puranas

The distinctive sign through which it is possible to recognize the nature of someone is called a Linga (Shivling) (Shiva Purana 1.16.106) Shiva is signless (sexless), without color, taste, or smell, beyond word and touch, without quality, changeless, motionless. (Linga Purana 1.3.2-3) Basic nature is thus called the linga. The owner of the linga is supreme divinity. (Linga Purana 1.17.5) It is not the Linga itself which is worshipped but the owner of the linga, the Progenitor, the Purusha. The linga leads to the Supreme Man, to Shiva, whose symbol it is. Related Story of Shivling Worship of Linga On Shiva and Shivling – Brahma Kumaris Why is Siva worshiped in the form of Shivling?