Om Namah Shivaya
*I got this story from fb i a post by Lord Shiva fanclub member Ajay Dutt.Why we celebrate Shivratri?
Though Lord Shiva knew everything, but still feigning ignorance. The deit...ies told him about the battle, fought between Brahmaji and Vishnuji." and said them don't worry
Shiva then sent his one hundred Ganas to pacify both of them. He too
went there accompanied by Mother Parvati, boarded on a chariot. When
Lord Shiva reached there, he saw that Brahmaji and Vishnuji were about
to use their deadly weapons- Maheshwar and Pashupat respectively.
Fearing the destruction, which these deadly weapons might have caused,
Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of 'Analstamba' (pillar of
fire) between them. Brahmaji and Vishnuji had already released their
weapons- Maheshwar and Pashupat. Both the weapons fell into that pillar
of fire and got destroyed.
"Brahmaji and Vishnuji were very
surprised to see the pillar of fire, which was so enormous in size that
it reached the sky and penetrated down the earth. Vishnuji transformed
himself into a boar and went to the 'Patal' (nether world) to find the
base of that 'Pillar of fire'. But he was unsuccessful in his attempt
and came back.
Similarly Brahmaji transformed himself into a
swan and flew up in the sky to find its limit. But he was also
unsuccessful in his attempt and came back.
"Lord Shiva smiled at
the futile attempts of Shree Brahmaji and Vishnuji. As a result of his
smile the Ketaki flower fell down from his head. Brahmaji was very
pleased to see Ketaki flower and said I found end of this Pillar and
said to ketaki flower who had holded you, Ketaki flower told Brahmaji
that he had been present there since the beginning of the creation on
Lord Shiva's head, but was unable to know about the origin of that
'Pillar of fine'. The flower also advised Brahmaji against making any
effort in that direction, as it would be of no use."
then sought the help of Ketaki flower to give a false witness before
lord Vishnu, that he (Brahmaji) had been successful in seeing the limit
of that pillar of fire. Ketaki flower agreed after preventing lots of
time. Both of them went to Vishnuji and Brahmaji told him that he had
seen the limit of that Pillar of fire. Ketaki flower gave a witness.
Vishnuji accepted the superiority of Brahmaji. and worshiped him"
Shiva then revealed himself in His full glory from central part of the
pillar and Vishnuji hold the feet of Lord Shiva and said we tried hard
to find you but you are unable to found with ignorant mind please
forgive our sins. Lord Shiva became pleased with Vishnuji and accorded
him the same status as Hat of his own for his true devotion and truth."
according same status to Vishnuji as that of his own, Lord Shiva opened
his third eye from it manifested 'Bhairav'. He ordered Bhairav to kill
Brahmaji. Bhairav severed the fifth head of Lord Brahma with his sword.
Brahmaji became very terrified. He was trembling in fear. Lord Vishnu
felt pity on his condition and requested Lord Shiva to forgive him.
Lord Shiva then stopped Bhairav, but told Brahma.
spoke untruth with a desire to become worshippable. It is my curse
that, you will not be worshipped by anybody. You will posses only four
Brahmaji begged his forgiveness. Lord Shiva feeling pity
on Brahmaji gave him a boon of being the presiding deity of all the
yagya. Similarly the Ketaki flower also prohibited from being used
during worship. But when Ketaki flower tendered his apology Shiva gave
blessing that it would be fortunate to be offered to lord Vishnu during
Lord Vishnu and Brahma made salutations to Mahadev
and offered him a seat. Then they both worshipped him together. This was
the first time, Brahma and Vishnu had worshipped Mahadev togehter.
Mahadev was very pleased and said Shiva-ratri has been continued to be
celebrated since that day. This particular day is considered to be the
most auspicious day for the worship of Lord Shiva.
A devotee who fasts on Shiv ratri remaining only on fruits, attain virtues equivalent to the worship done for the whole year.
The Statue of Shiva is consecrated on this day.
Shiva has himself told the deities that he had manifested in the form
of Pillar of Fire' in the month of Mgahan and during the constellation
of Ardra Niketar or Poornima. He also said-
"One who has my
darshan on this day (Shivratri) or worships me in my form of Ling is
dearer to me than Kartikeya. The place where, I manifested in the form
of Pillar of fire will become famous as Ling-asthan. Because of its
resemblance with the 'Mountain of Fire', it will also be known
Here's a vm by me. Not anywhere close to as good as you guys, but still an attempt. Love the song though.
@Aishi di, thanks for the info di! I loved to hear so much of the beautiful traditions in celebrating Shivratri in the South! It sounds all so magnificent. Want to some day see it for myself!
@Parina di, omg, you should post your vms!!!! They're so beautiful! And The little poem about Shivji is so lovely and touching! Loved it so much!
Edited by AishuJSKfan - 01 March 2011 at 3:59pm