The father of universe and the mother of universe are lord Shiva and Mata Parvati also known as THE UNIVERSAL PARENTS. Lord Shiva pronounced by many names like The Jatadhara, The Trinetra, The Neelkanth, The Gangadhara.
Lord Shiva having disregard for the worldly pleasures reside in the burial grounds so he does not need any kind of gold ornaments or good clothing unlike the other Gods. To get a boon from lord Shiva one has to pray with a composed mind and a pleasant heart.
To worship lord Shiva the devotee with clean mind and heart should visit the temple on every Monday reciting the MAHA MRITUNJAYA MANTRA as many times as one can recite so that he overcomes fatal diseases and untimely death. The devotee should also on his fore head apply bhasm and also do Abhishek to the lingam by bhasm and water.
The most favourite of lord Shiva is the bilwa leaves ( Bel patra) which should be offered on the lingam of Shiva. The mythology says that before worshipping lord Shiva one should worship lord Ganesha his divine son so that all kind of obstacles are removed during the course of prayer and thereon the blessings.
To light a deep or a Jyoti is considered auspicious as it is also a prayer to lord shakti the other form of Mata Parvati the best half of lord Shiva. A devotee should also try to visit one of the jyotirlingas and specially on Monday while going to the temple of lord Shiva he should carry some prasad which to be distributed to people at the temple.
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