[Advaita-l] Shankha and Siva Puja
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Thu Feb 13 00:18:31 CST 2014
Namaste On the TV programme Satyadarshana in Chandana TV one big scholar
said it is
not correct to do Rudra Abhisheka with Shankha water but many people are
doing this wrong practice.
> I think his name is Sri pAvagada prakAsha rAo.
Some Swamijis are also using Shankha for Rudra Abhisheka. It is wrong.
> Normally in devatArchana / shiva panchAyatana pUja, what we do is
after kalaSha pooja, we perform pUja to shankha also. kalashOdakena
shamkham prakshALya, tulasyA jala mAlOdya, shankham gandha, patra
pushpairabhyarcha..and chant shankha gAyatri also..pAnchajanyAya vidmahe
pAvamAnAya deemahi, tanno shankaH prachOdayAt etc. One of the stOtra that
we chant is shankhetishtanti viprendra, tasmAt shankhaM prapUjayet, tvaM
purA sAgarOtpanna, vishNunA vidhrutaH kare, pUjitaiH sarvadevaischa
pAnchajanya namOstute..No where we say that shankha is erstwhile asura
:-)) shankhOdakaM kinchit kalashe nikshipya, shankhOdakena pUja dravyANi
saMprokshya, devaM, Atmanancha prokhya, punaH praNavena shankhamApoorya,
peethasyOpari nidhAya etc. During pooja we use kalashOdaka only not
He told a story of one Asura and his Pativrata wife. Siva was doing battle
with the Asura to kill him but he became invincible because the wife was
very pure Pativrata. Her Pativratya was protecting him. Then Vishnu
disguised as the Asura came to the wife. The wife thought her husband has
come but it was Vishnu. He spoiled her Pativratya. At that moment Siva
killed the Asura because his wife's Pativratya was not there.
That Asura became Shankha and his wife became Tulasi. Vishnu gave a boon
the wife and Shankha. In Vishnu Puja both Tulasi and Shankha are used.
Shankha always is near Tulasi because was loving his wife very much. There
is a love triangle. Tulasi loves Vishnu and Shankha loves Tulasi.
> A good paurANika story :-)) vishNu is too smart and fast in doing these
type of mischievous things :-))
But in Siva Puja we should not use Shankha water to do Rudra Abhisheka.
> For rudrAbhishekaM we use sOma sUtra (dhArA pAtra) through the hole at
the bottom of the pot (copper or silver)hooked to the stand, so that
continuously water will be falling on the head of the shivalingaM.
I have one question.
Can we use Shankha for Abhisheka of other gods like Ganesha, Ambika,
> I heard somewhere that shaivAgama restricts the use of shankha in
rudrArchana...but again not known the source for this prohibition.
I heard some Swamijis are using Shankha for Ganesha Abhisheka also.
> I have seen sri vaishNava-s (Iyengaars) use shankha more frequently
during the devatArchana.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
More information about the Advaita-l mailing list