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Siva temple puja Matangeshwar temple in Khajuraho

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Often placed on linga in temple.

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Night of shiva

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Bilwa leaf

Bilwa leave often placed on linga in temple as sacred symbol to Shiva. Trifoliate shaped leaves resemble Shiva trident held in right hand. Tree grows in a wide range of soils and wide temperature fluctuation. Cultivated throughout India and found from Nepal throough Thailand, Philippines, Fiji. The fruit has medicinal properties as well as nutritional benefits. Aromatic. Unripe fruit helpful against giardia.

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Narmada river linga

Linga from Narmada River

 

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Rudraksha beads

  • worn as necklace by Shiva
  • Rudra-a-ksha – rudra ->to weep; a-> to receive; ksha -> to give
  • Rudra ->Shiva ; aksha -> eyes
  • astrological benefits:
    • wearer untouched by sin; impious thought; impious deed
  • powers associated with no of faces on beads (thought to range from 1-38 with 5 most common)
  • four color shades – fair, light brown, dark brown, black
  • take care of sanctity
  • found from foothills of Himalayas to Indonesia

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