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Why do we pour milk on Shivling during shravan?

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The Question that most of the Hindu Dharam believers encountered is :
WHY DO YOU POUR MILK ON SHIVLING? and instead of wasting so much milk, don't you think if you feed that much milk to poor people will make GOD more happy?
But there was always a reason behind every rituals that they asked us to perform but by the time, it losts its true meaning and just become a myth to follow blindly.

Why do we pour milk on Shivling during shravan?

Well there are two type of belief behind this custom (tradition). One is traditional belief i.e. what people believe and other is scientific belief . We will talk about both traditional and scientific (or ancient) belief with some of its history one by one:

◾Traditional Belief (what people think):

The Shivling or lingam is an abstract representation of the Hindu deity, Shiva, used for worship in temples, smaller shrines, or as self-manifested natural objects. In traditional Indian society, the lingam is seen as a symbol of the energy and potential of Shiva himself. Shiva is not the destroyer of world, he is the destroyer of the impurity. He is the purifier of the world. He is the origin of Consciousness. Even the worst kind of energies gets purified with his grace.It is believed that pouring of milk on Shivling will appease Lord Shiva. He will take away all your worries and make your life full of happiness.

◾Scientific (Ancient) Belief:

A dosha (Faults), according to Ayurveda, is one of three bodily Bioelements that make up one's constitution. These teachings are also known as the Tridosha theory. The three bioelements are always fluctuating in the body. They are highly unstable and changes with day and night, and with food. The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily bioelements or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

1)Vata (airy element) .All movement in the body is due to property of vata like breath in and out, the action of our limbs etc. Pain is the characteristic feature of deranged vata. Some of the diseases due to vata is windy humour, flatulence, gout, rheumatism, etc

2) Kapha is the watery element, it is characterised by heaviness, cold ,tenderness, softness, slowness, lubrication, and the carrier of nutrients. It is nourishing element of the body. All the soft organs are made by kapha, it plays an important role in taste perception, Joint nourishment and lubrication

3) Pitta is the fiery element or bile that secreted between the stomach and bowels and flowing through the liver and permeating spleen, heart, eyes, and skin; It is characterised by hotness, moist, liquid, sharp and sour, its chief quality is heat. It is the energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and enhance metabolism. It is primarily characterised by body heat or burning sensation and redness

All three elements are necessary for smooth functioning of our body. However, when the proportion of these components goes out of natural balance, the body begins to suffer under various ailments.

During the month of Shravan, the Vata component of a person gets higher in proportion. During that period, a person must avoid food that increases the Vata component. For example, green leafy vegetable contain higher amounts of Vata in them. Thus a person is asked to avoid them during the rainy season (especially Shravan month) to avoid the ailments caused due to excess of Vata. During the rainy season, the cattle also eat lots of grass, and hence their milk is high in Vata and, in modern times, is suspectable to viral infections. Thus, milk is considered harmful during the Shravan month. Thus Ayurved advises us against consuming milk during Shravan.

In Sanatan Dharm, Bhagwan Shiv is known to consume the poison which came out during Samudra Manthan (Churning of the Oceans). Thus, it’s customary to offer whatever is poisonous to Bhagwan Shiv. So the Hindus offer milk over shivling (Sanskrit for symbol of Shiv) during the month of Shravan as it is considered akin to a poison by the science of Ayurved.

Hinduism says “Feed to others only what you can eat for yourself (Which means, do not offer to others what you will never consume), always give the best to others and do welfare for all. Always take care of the poor and feed them the fresh and healthy food”-(From the Vedas).
Now if we feed the milk or green leafy vegetables, which is poison during the Shravan, then it’s a sin as it will cause them diseases. Instead, we must feed fresh food to poor folks which we eat as well.

In order to protect people from this disease, they asked people to pour milk on Shivling during Sharavan. When each member pour some milk on shivling then they had less milk to drink in home so saved from being caught to illness.

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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting perspective indeed!
    Thank you for sharing!