Sequential Worship of Shiva – Shiva Purana
Chapter 11 & 13 of Srshti Khanda of Rudra-saṃhita in Shiva Purana, elaborates the procedure of Shiva worship. One should perform the worship of Shiva duly and regularly for the achievement of all desired objects.
During the worship, items such as Cow Ghee, Milk with or without sugar, Scented oil, honey, Ganga water, flowers, unsplit rice grains mixed with sandal paste, Bilva leaves, petals or full flowers, incense, lamps, etc. are used. The processes include food-offerings, Arghya, Aartika (waving of lights), Pradakṣiṇa, Namaskara, Kṣamapana (craving forgiveness and Visarjana) the ritualistic dismissal). At that time Satarudriya mantra, Rudraikadasa mantra, Rudrajapya mantra, Puruṣa Sukta, Ṣaḍanga mantra, Mahamṛtyunjaya mantra, Gayatri, names ending with Namaḥ and beginning with Praṇava or Agama mantra shall be repeated. The mantra used shall be pleasing. At the end he shall feed other devotees.
Devotee who performs the worship, will become eloquent. He will achieve all he desires. The Supreme lord Shiva will quell all his miseries, ailments, sorrows, heart-burns, crookedness, poisonings and everything distressing quickly. (Chapter 11 Shlokas 29-83)
Sequential Steps of worship:
Rewards of objects of worship:
Chapter 14 of Srshti Khanda of Rudra-saṃhita in Shiva Purana, has highlighted the rewards of different objects used by the devotee in worship – Darbhas is for liberation; Durva grass for long life; Dhattura plant with red stem for auspiciousness; Agastya flowers will earn great fame; Tulasi for worldly pleasures and salvation; Aeka or Kubjaklhara flowers secure great valour; Japa flowers (China rose) brings about the death of enemies; Karavira flowers drive away all ailments; Bandhuka flowers for ornaments; Jati flowers will acquire good vehicles; with Atasi flowers tol attain favour of Viṣhṇu; Sami leaves for salvation. With Mallika flowers to secure an auspicious woman; Karṇikara flowers to secure plenty of garments; Nirguṇḍi flowers to purify mind; one lakh Bilva leaves used for worship will secure the fulfilment of all desires etc. Excepting the Campaka and the Ketaka there is no flower which does not appeal to Siva. Different grains such as rice, wheat, barley, green grams etc. bring different gains. (25 -52).
Reference: Chapter 11, 13 & 14, Srshti Khanda of Rudra-saṃhita in Shiva Purana
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