Significance Of Offerings To The Shiva Linga


·       It is believed that bathing Shiva Linga with panchagavya or milk, honey, water, and bael leaves refers to the purification of mind, body and soul.


·       Offering Ganga Jal represents the attainment of enlightenment.


·       Applying vermilion paste to the top of Shiva Linga represents virtue.


·       Offering fruits to the Shiva Linga indicates the durability and fulfillment of the desires.


·       Offering incense sticks represents wealth.


·       Offering ghee diya leads to the attainment of knowledge.


·       Offering betel leaves provides happiness, prosperity and satisfaction.


·       Offering bhang represents pleasing the Lord Shiva.


·       Chanting mantras like “Om Namah Shivaya”, “Karpur Gauram Karunavataram, Sansara Saram Bhujagendra Haram, Sada Vasantam Hridayaravinde, Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami”, etc represents the mind concentration and peacefulness.


 


·       Keeping fast at Mahashivratri represents control over great natural forces, control over desire, anger and jealousy and power to conquer the evil power.