On Mahashivratri, which is on March 1 this year, devotees keep fast and worship Lord Shiva. Many know that Shiva's favourite plant is Bael, and also likes bhaang, dhatura, milk, sandal, and ash. However, there are a few things that you must not offer.
Tulsi leaves are also known as Laxmi. Therefore these are a huge no-no as an offering on Shivlinga. Goddess Laxmi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. So, no other god can be offered the same.
Kewda & Champa Flowers
Shiva is although not very fond of white flowers, but, it is said that the flowers Kewda and Champa are cursed by the Lord and should never be offered to him during puja.
You can offer coconut to the deity but do not offer coconut water. Yes, it does sound a bit strange but it is not recommended to offer coconut water to Lord Shiva, especially on Shivaratri. Everything offered this day is considered as nirmalaya, and cannot be consumed and, as consuming coconut water after being offered on deities is considered as mandatory to drink, it is therefore not offered to Lord Shiva.
Saffron or Kum Kum
Never offer saffron or kumkum on the Shivalinga. Not only on Shivratri but also in general, never offer it. The reason is that Lord Shiva is a recluse, and recluse people put ash on their forehead. And it is a universal fact that Shiva puts ash, not Kumkum.
Infected Bael Paan
Bael is one of the most sacred trees. It has a lot of medicinal properties and is known to be a cooling agent. Bael paan is his favourite but it should not be cut or insect-eaten when given as an offering.
While offering milk or curd to Shivlings, stay away from bronze pots. It should always be in a copper pot. Why? Because it is equivalent to pouring wine as per some passed down theories. Also, do not let your fingers touch the water, milk, and ghee because the touching of nails makes these things inauspicious.
Circuit of Shivling
According to ShivPuran, you should never take whole rounds of a Shivling. Always take a half round and always return to the place where you started. If you take a full-round it is taken as blame.
Offered to most Hindu Gods, haldi is one ingredient which is never offered to Shiva. Why? Because this ingredient is used for enhancing the beauty and the deity being a saint, worldly pleasures have been given up a long time back by Lord Shiva.
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