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Story of Shivling at Mahakaleshwar Temple

The Shivling at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, is the third among the twelve Jyotirlingas. There is an interesting story, which explains about the origin of the Shivling worshipped in the Mahakaleshwar Temple. The story is mentioned in the Shiva Purana.

Legend has it that a powerful demon live on Ratnamal Mountain in Ujjain. The demon caused havoc in the city of Avanti – former name of Ujjain. There was a pious man in the city who was an ardent devotee of Shiva.

The demon killed the pious man by setting him afire.

Killing of his devotee angered Lord Shiva. Shiva appeared at Avanti, opened his third eye, and burnt the demon and his entire army to ashes.

A Shivling appeared on the spot where Lord Shiva opened his third eye and killed the demon.
People built the shrine of Mahakaleshwar on the spot.

Okhleshwar Mahadev – Okhleshwar Form of Shiva

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 

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 Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra will help i…

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
|| ॐभयहरणंचभैरव: ||
शत्रुबाधानिवारणहेतु -
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 in the temple i…

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.

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.

Story of Shivling
Worship of Linga
On Shiva and Shivling – Brahma Kumaris
Why is Siva worshiped in the form of Shivling?

Hindu Calendar Today – February 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Friday, February 24, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:32 PM on Feb 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:41 PM on Feb 25. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 5:26 AM on Feb 24. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram till 6:28 AM on Feb 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 6:30 AM on Feb 24. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram till 7:11 AM on Feb 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharasht…