Purified mercury shivling can be considered as good as a miracle, the best form of sadhana and a wonderful path to obtain success. It is stated and believed in various texts that if a mercury Shivling is placed and worshipped in a house, society, or a temple, it leads to prosperity, positive strength, and also considered that goddess Lakshmi resides at that place for generations. Also, a person is relieved of physical, mental, psychological disorders.
Importance of Parad Shivling
Parad Shivling when worshipped with proper procedure, belief, and enthusiasm helps human beings physically, spiritually, and psychologically. It also protects people from natural calamities, disaster, external evil effects. Some of the references in the ancient texts of Ayurveda and mythological origins which justifies these belief are as follows.
Mercury Shivling can be obtained only through the blessings of renowned yogi, guru, good fortune, because of which a person is able to perform noble deeds and thereby attains moksha.
Rasmartand Granth explains…
The holiness, auspiciousness acquired by the sight and worship of purified Parad Shivling is crore times more than that of lakh of other Shivling. As just the sight of Parad Shivling neutralises an individual from dreadful sins like Brahmahatya, Cow’s slaughter and on touching Parad Shivling a person is completely relieved of all these sins as quoted by Lord Shiva himself.
According to Ras Ratna Samuuchayy, it is considered that Shivling made of pure mercury is unique which leads to longevity of life, prosperity also washes away the sins from ones life.
The holy blessing which is obtained by performing 100 Ashwamedha Yagya, donating Lakhs of cows, donating ample of gold, and taking holy bath in all the four pilgrimage places (Char Dham) is equal to the sight (Darshan) of holy Parad Shivling
People who worship Parad Shivling with all the good virtues, attain the blessings of Shivling present in all the 3 Loka’s and also destroys all bad sins. Possession of Mercury Shivling its touch, donation, meditation, worship washes away all the bad sins of the present life and past life also.
Writings from Rudra Samhita and Shastra…
It states that Ravan was a Rassiddha Yogi, and hence he used to worship Parad Shivling through which he was able to make Lord Shiva happy, and through which he was able to make his kingdom of gold. Similarly, Banasur (Rakshas) also worshipped Parad Shivling and attained his desired wishes.
Yoga Shikoupanishad Granth states…
It states that Parad Shivling is Maha-Linga, also it is home to Lord Shiva’s divine powers hence called “Shivalaya”. It’s attainment leads to prosperity and success.
Vayuviya Puran states…
It states that a healthy body, longevity of life, prosperity and all other wishes of a person can be fulfilled by worshipping Parad Shivling.
Sharangdhar Samhita Adhyay 12 Sutra 1
It states about the importance and usefulness of pure Parad Shivling, in a form where spiritual powers like (Anima, Mahima, Garima, Ladhima, Prapti, Prakanta, Proshatva, Vishitwa). Ashta Siddhis like Simha, Vrushya, Hathi, Kalasha, Pankha, Vaijayanti, Bheri, Deepak) or (Brahmin, Cow, Agni, Gold, Tupa (Ghee), Sun, Water, King), Kubers 9 Wealth (Padma, Mahapadma, Shankha, Makar, Kachap. Mukund, Kunda, Neel, Kharva) all the holiness of the above mentioned Shaktis and Siddhis are present in Parad Shivling itself.
Reference from Rasratna Samucchaya states…
It states that the way an individual feels eternal happiness, satisfaction after worshipping their Lord, an aura of the Lord due to which various disorders are cured, similar kind of an experience is felt by just the sight of Parad Shivling. It further states that such an Amrutmayl (Nectar like), Sudhasiddha (Purified) object should be worshipped. It further explains that worshipping Parad Shivling leads to eternal peace and happiness (.e. a person is relieved from material things like birth, death, old age, weakness, the pain of dreadful bodily diseases). Further, it explains that Para (Mercury) is a by-product of the conception of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, hence in different forms, it relieves human beings of their physical, spiritual, psychological disorders.
Mercury (Parad) is also known as quicksilver or flowing metal. The glory of Parad Shivling has been stated in the Puranas, shastras and tantra text. It is said to be the seed of Lord Shiva. To contain or bind mercury is very difficult, that too by medicinal herbs only.
In the ancient grantha (book) named Parad Samhita, many rare medicinal herbs are mentioned which can help in the process of purifying mercury and removing all the doshas (ill effect) from it to make it stable and solid. Some important herbs like Chitrak, Nakhshinkani, Vyagrapadhi, Shankpushpi, Bhilavaa, Putrajivika, Laajwanti, Neem, Shami, Soamlata, Jatamaasi, Vakratundi, Kanguni, Jalakumbhi, Mahakali, Dantimool. Kumpari, Devdaali, Aawala, Indravan, Bel, Safed palas, Dudhi, Shivlingi. Safed gunj etc. play an important role in the purification process. After this stage mercury (Parad) comes completely in a pure form by undergoing the Ashtasanskar (eight stages of purification) as per the Parad Samhita.
Only such a stable and solid form of mercury can withstand at very high temperature when heated. It can also be made to powder by crushing as well as can be turned into liquid form by heating again. This Siddha Parad is then formed to make the unique Murtibaddha or Agnibaddha ‘Parad Shivling. If it comes in contact with gold or gold plated ornaments it has the power to change the colour of gold into white or silver in colour. This itself proves the purity and authenticity of our products.
Stages of making Parad Shivling
- Stage 1-Ayurvedic medicinal herbs used in the process of purifying mercury (Parad).
- Stage 2-Process of crushing semisolid mercury in herbal juices to remove further impurities.
- Stage 3-Ayurvedic medicinal herbs used in the process to make mercury (Parad) solid.
- Stage 4-Process of heat treatment done on solid mercury (Parad) to make it withstand at high temperatures gradually.
- Stage 5-The final process of purification done while heating solid mercury (Parad) with the help of herbal oils.
- Stage 6-Purified stage of solid mercury (agnibaddha or murtibaddha Parad) poured in the form of strips (ladi) which is used to make the shivling.
- Stage 7-The unique one-piece die-casted Parad Shivling made from pure solid mercury.
Significance of Parad Shivling in Tantra
All the metals and sub-metals found in the world send out waves. Mercury is also a metal and sends out its waves likewise. As mercury(Parad) is considered the most unstable among all the metals, similarly a person mind is also very unstable and wavering.
Both are closely related. If mercury is stabilized by destroying its unsteadiness, its waves will also be stable and steady. This will cause a good effect on a person mind. If one meditates beside a Parad Shivling the mind naturally gets concentrated.
Therefore a compact form of mercury (Parad) is of great significance because it is extremely helpful in concentrating the mind. Mercury has a property of liquidity which, in itself involves the difficult process of solidification. It is believed that to have a Shivling made of mercury (Parad) one must be blessed through good karmic deeds of the previous birth.
Mercury (Parad) is a very pious and sacred metal. Therefore it should not be immersed in any kind of hot or boiling liquid like milk, water etc. By doing so may cause mercury (parad) to become unstable thereby damaging the idols.