According to Hindu Mythology, there are three primary gods namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Lord Shiva). Lord Brahma is known to be the creator, Vishnu is known to be the Preserver and Lord Shiva is the destroyer. It is generally believed that lord Shiva is the head of all the three gods and is always assumed to be in everlasting deep meditation in the Himalayan region.
Lord Shiva is portrayed in an ascetic form with a snake around his neck. He’s got a Trishul or trident in his one hand and a Kamandal on his other hand. He also got a musical instrument called Damaruga, which is basically a small drum in another hand as well. Lord Shiva is worshipped as a lingam that makes every people to recognize him.
Shiva Puja is also considered to be one of the most famous religious festivals in the country.The methods of performing this puja are as follows:
I. At first the area in which the puja need to be performed should be cleaned.
II. The people that are about to take part in this very ritual must be bathe and wear clean clothes.
III. Then a table need to be placed against the wall and should be covered with white clothes. On that very table a picture of lord Shiva should be placed.
IV. After that a worship tray need to be prepared and on that a small container containing kunkum or sandal must be kept. Along with that a pack of camphor, a dozen incense sticks and sandal paste is also necessary.
V. Fresh flowers, fruit juice, leaves, Akshata, Vibhhoti and coconut are also necessary items for this puja. Along with this lamps with wicks are also needed. An Aarati plate with oil soaked wicks and Naivedyam must be kept ready for this puja.
In this way the Shiva Puja is carried out in our country. It is believed that by doing Shiva Puja with utmost good faith brings peace and happiness in one’s life.