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Celebrating Mahashivratri Festivities

Ever wonder why  Lord Shiva is always shown as indulging in items as which ordinary people do not partake in Prasad? when the churning of the ocean (Sagar Manthan) took place, the first output of such churning was Halahal(poison) Mahadev swallowed it with ease and even survived why did   Maha Vishnu or Brahma or even Durga not come to swallow the poison? In contrast, Lord Vishnu  is always partaking  in sweets and other tasty food when  is then savored as  Prasad by  all his bhaktas  when Sagar Manthan took place and it was time for Amrit, immediately  Vishnu  showed up in his Mohini  avatar  and  even  the leaf offered to him  is the very tasty tulsi   while Lord shiva is   offered   the very bitter Bilva leaf  During  Shravan Maas  people are  worshipping Lord shiva  wit  jug lords of milk poured  over the shiv Ling while all  this may seem  bizarre  and wasteful even, let us took at  logic behind this

Lord Vishnu is considered to be paalan Harta (the preserver); the god who protects and looks after the whole universe. Lord Shiva, on the other hand, is considered as the destroyer

So  the food offered  to them  also is according  to the roles they play  the food  offered to Lord Vishnu  is Food which is edible, nutritious and helps in making one  healthy that is why Tulsi,  a medicinal plant is offered  Vishnu that  apart Vishnu, Lord Shiva is  usually offered to   food which is harmful to human beings  he indulges in all kinds  of roots, seeds, and leaves   which are intoxicating an even poisonous Hemp, which is intoxicating, is of roots, seeds and leaves  which are  intoxicating  is not  to be used by humans, however tempting  it may be, Datura  seeds are  poisonous and therefore  are  not consumed by humans  Bilwa leaves are so bitter  to usually   one does not eat it  in  February, the time when shiv  Ratri is celebrated, shiva is offered is ‘Gajar  Halwa  .this is because  the season of   carrots is  over  by him  and carrots available  then and when cow graze  on such grass  the  milk such contains  more  minerals what human body  can digest  and therefore during the  month of sharavan, one is  not supported to drink more of milk even on other days, shiva is offered  milk which has not been boiled

One ritual has a very   scientific  base behind  it     .in  olden days it was  probably difficult  to  educate    everybody about the  usefulness  of q crop  or about fruit    from berries   which had to be avoided thus the rituals showed   people as which food would be consumed  and which has  to be avoided if   a devotee went to a  Vishnu temple, automatically  he would know   about  the grain, fruit or vegetable of the season similarly  if he went to shivalaya, he would  know about garden, berry or fruit to avoided for consumption, during summer water   is poured over shivling through a copper vessel  hung on the top of shiviling while  in winter, water is  poured using a silver vessel  during summer  and use copper vessels during winter, as per Ayurved, silver is cooling and copper heats up body

Unfortunately, we had become a slave to customs and rituals without understanding the rituals behind them even today we faithfully offer mil to the shiviling we do not know the reason behind it while it is true that shiva is asuthosh and he would accept all he had offered to him, there is no reason to believe that he would like to give some milk to the orphan to him, today we drink milk of cows grown in capacity and their feed is not likely fresh grass and so it would be alright to drink cow milk even in august so instead of giving to the shiva, we should donate it my humble request to such rationalists is to learn such more rituals, figure out the scientific basic behind them teach about it, and ask people to decide whether they have to be shunned or accepted just arguing about rituals without knowing the reason why these rituals were started in the first place, as being right or wrong no sense, either way, it would then be a case of blind or leading the blind.

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I am Anju, an optimistic person, foodepreneur who loves cooking, traveling and gardening. I love to experiment in the kitchen.

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