Maha Shivratri is celebrated throughout the country. People celebrate the occasion with sheer devotion on this day. Every year, they keep fast, worship Lord Shiva and then break the fast.
The norms of celebrating Shivratri are almost the same throughout the country. But, have you ever thought about the story of Lord Shiva and his birth?
Lord Shiva is one of the powerful pillars of the 'Trinity' according to the Hindu mythologies. The other two pillars are Lord Brahma, the creator and Lord Vishnu, the preserver.
Then, what is the function of Lord Shiva? He is the god of destruction. If you concentrate on the rules of nature, you will see these three functions happening continuously.
Creation happens, it grows and preserves the future and ultimately it destroys to give chance for another new creation. Hence, the three gods are the symbols of nature’s rule.
But, what is the birth secret of Lord Shiva? You may have heard that Lord Shiva is referred to as 'Sayambhu’. That means he is not born from any woman.
He is the beginning; he is the end. He is the ultimate. So, before celebrating Shivratri this year, know the birth secret of Lord Shiva and his other stories.
Lord Shiva is regarded as the ‘Adi-Dev' that means the oldest god of Hindu mythology. The Puranas say that he is not born from any human body. He is just created automatically. He is there when there was nothing and he will remain after the destruction.
How Was He Born
There is a very interesting story of Lord Shiva and his birth. The other two pillars of the Trinity are responsible for this. This story proves the eternity of Lord Shiva.
Appearance as Third Power
One day Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were arguing about which of them is more powerful than the other. Suddenly, there appeared a blazing pillar. The root and the top were unseen and an oracle was heard by the both gods.
What Was the Oracle
What happened to this story of Lord Shiva and his birth? Both the gods heard that a divine voice was asking them to compete. The competition was to find the start and end of the pillar.
Adventure of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu
To prove their superiority, Lord Brahma took the shape of a goose and flew upwards to find the top of that pillar. Lord Vishnu waste no time and transformed himself into a boar to dig the earth to find the end of the pillar.
What Happened Finally
Both of them tried very hard but didn't find the top and the end. Both came back to find the truth while they saw Lord Shiva was waiting for them. They realized, beside them there is another power who is ruling the universe. This is the birth secret of Lord Shiva.
Avatars of Lord Shiva
Though there are not much stories about the birth secret of Lord Shiva, still there are myths about his taking avatars. If his avatar, Virabhadra, symbolizes sheer destruction (destroyed Daksha's yagna and killed him), he took the form of Kaal Bhairava to protect the Sati Pind.
Hanuman, the Devotee
Along with birth secret of Lord Shiva, his eternal friendship with Lord Vishnu is also famous story. Hanuman was the Rudravataar of Lord Shiva who was a great devotee of Lord Shri Ram, the avatar of Lord Vishnu.