Shravan or Sawan Shivratri falls on Chaturthi thithi of Krishna Paksha of Shravan month every year. This year, Sawan Shivratri is observed on August 9, 2018, i.e., today. Since this day is considered as the most auspicious day for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. So, we are going to tell you what should you offer to Lord Shiva while doing Rudra-Abhishek to please him and seek his divine blessings.
Things that should be offered to Shivling while performing the sacred ritual of Rudra-Abhishek :
It is believed that when milk is offered to shivling, the positive energy starts to flow strengthening mind, body and inner consciousness of the person. So, one must offer milk to shivling. Also, if you wish to have a son, do pour milk on shivling.
One should pour curd on shivling to gain blessings for children
Another ingredient that is loved by Lord Bhole Nath is honey which blesses us with a melodious voice.
Offer ghee to shivling to attain Moksha after death.
• Bilva leaf
Known as belpatra, bilva leaf should also be offered to shivling as it is said that Mata Parvati resides on bilva leaf in various form and that’s a reason Lord Shiva is fond of belpatra.
To keep the Shivling cool, smear sandalwood paste on the lingam.
When you are done with Abhishekam, dhatura should be offered to please Lord Shiva.
Undoubtedly, bhaang is the most favorite item of Lord Shiva that should not be forgotten to offer. According to the beliefs, lord shiva consumes bhaang so that the world gets protected from his anger.
• Soaked Rice
The devotees of Lord Shiva should offer shivling soaked rice to free themselves from debt and to improve the financial condition.
• Vibhuti (Bhasam)
Bhasam or holy ash is very dear to Lord Shiva and should be offered for the destruction of sins. It also signifies that life on earth is temporary.
• Kusha water
To make yourself free from diseases, you may opt to do Abhishek with kusha water.
• Sugarcane juice
In order to attain good health and for the removal of enmity, bring sugarcane juice to offer to shivling.
• Coconut water
To experience pleasure and satisfaction in life.
• Ganga Jal
The abhishekam with Ganga Jal helps to lead a peaceful life.
• Sesame seeds (Til)
One must offer sesame seeds to shivling to get rid of the prolonged illness.
The mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey, and jaggery blesses a person with wealth.
• Akanda flowers
The blue color of akanda flowers represents the blue throat of Lord Shiva. So, opt to offer akanda flowers while worshipping him.