Mahashivratri 2024: Why Raw Milk Offered to Shivaling?

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All festivals have special significance in Hindu religion. Every festival is celebrated with great pomp and there is a different way of celebrating it. One of such major festivals is the festival of Mahashivratri. This festival is celebrated every year on the Chaturdashi date of Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month. This year it will be celebrated on 8 March, Friday. On the day of Mahashivratri, Shiva devotees offer water to Shivaling and also offer raw milk to please him.

Why is raw milk offered to Shivaling?

Offering milk on Shivaling is considered especially fruitful for the devotees. It is believed that by offering water to Shivaling, wishes are fulfilled. Milk is considered to be one of the best conductors of positive energy and when milk is poured on the Shivaling, the flow of energy starts concentrating towards the Lingam and the energy also flows into the mind and brain of the devotees.

Scientific reasons for offering raw milk to Shivaling

  • Apart from faith and prayer, there are also scientific reasons behind offering raw milk on Shivaling. According to science, the liquid flowing on Shivaling gets converted into energy.
  • Actually, many types of people come to the temple and here positive as well as negative energy gets accumulated equally and by continuously pouring milk and water on Shivling, the energy level remains high and that is why when we enter the temple. When we do this we feel energetic.

Can boiled milk also be offered to Shivaling?

  • It is believed that only raw milk should always be offered to Shivaling because it is considered more sacred. It is said that Lord Shiva’s mind remains calm and cool. When milk is boiled it is considered ripe.

Thus, it should be offered only for Naivedyam and not for Shivaling Abhishek. Boiled milk can spoil as quickly as cooked food. Due to the spoilage properties of boiled milk, it is prohibited to be offered to Shivaling.

It is believed that if you offer raw milk to Shivaling on the day of Mahashivratri, it is considered good for your life. Apart from this, Monday and Shravan month are also considered to be the most auspicious time for milk consecration.

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