Lord Shiva is an important god that is worshipped in a sect of Hinduism called Shaivism. He is responsible for the destruction of the universe, with the goal of recreating it. This powerful god is known for his contradictory nature but he can be generous to his worshippers, especially if they are devout. Worshipping Lord Shiva can be done by creating a shrine with his image and by performing specific rituals and prayers in his honor. You can also maintain a regular practice of worship so you stay connected to Lord Shiva.
1 Get a sitting Shiva for a calm temple. Lord Shiva can be depicted in statues and images sitting in a meditating position with his legs crossed and his hands in his lap. The sitting Shiva is ideal if you plan to meditate in front of the image often and want to create a calm, relaxed space.
- The sitting Shiva should still have several items on him that are traditional, such as a third eye, a cobra necklace, a three-pronged trident, and the vibhuti, which are 3 horizontal lines that are drawn on his forehead.
- Opt for a dancing Shiva for an energetic shrine.The dancing Shiva will show be upright with his right leg extended outward and his arms raised upward. Lord Shiva is considered the master of dance in Shaivism and a dancing Shiva statue or image will create an energetic, lively atmosphere for the shrine.
- The dancing Shiva will have the same features as a sitting Shiva, but it will also usually have a demon dwarf being crushed at the feet of the dancing Shiva, which represents man’s ego and ignorance.
- Create the altar in the northeast corner of your home.This area is considered the best spot for idols in a home. Make sure the altar is raised on a table or countertop and that the spot is quiet and clean, with good natural lighting. You should be able to see the Shiva clearly, as this will encourage you to worship it.
- Have only 1 Lord Shiva and simple, bare decorations on the shrine.Having more than 1 statue or image of Lord Shiva can be overpowering and create opposing energies in your space. Lord Shiva does not respond to bright, lavish decorations or offerings, so you can keep the altar simply by covering it with awhite cloth.
- Do the puja or meditation in front of the temple: The traditional puja room should be set up in front of the shrine so you can meditate in front of Lord Shiva easily. The puja room can be simple, with an altar, a platform, and a statue or image of Lord Shiva.
Worship Lord Ganesha before worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god of success, will to remove any obstacles you may be dealing with so you can worship and pray freely to Lord Shiva.
Pray to Lord Shiva at least once a day at home or at a temple. Create a routine where you worship or pray to Lord Shiva in the morning to start your day or at night to wind down before bed. Meditate in front of the shrine to Lord Shiva as a form of worship. You can also chant prayers, mantras and texts from Saivism to worship Lord Shiva.
Present offerings like milk, bilwa leaves, or grains, especially on Mondays. Though you can pray to Lord Shiva any day, Mondays are considered sacred days of worship in the Hindu religion. Presenting cold milk, traditional bilwa leaves, or grains like barley, millet, rice, and wheat are considered good, worthy offers for Lord Shiva. Offerings can increase your favor with the god.
Worship Lord Shiva during Shravan Maa. Shravan Maa occurs from July-August and is considered a very auspicious month for worshipping Lord Shiva. In India, large celebrations are held during this month as well as austere practices like fasting and prayers. It is also a time to visit temples to worship Shiva several times a week or every day.
You can also chant mantras and prayers at the temple to worship Shiva during this auspicious time and present offerings.