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    About Grihapati

    Grihapati - Lord of the Planets

     

    Grihapati is one of the manifestations of Lord Shiva. He was bestowed with this name by BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    . The presence of GrihapatiGrihapatiGrihapati
    Grihapati is one of the manifestations of Lord Shiva. He was bestowed with this name by Brahma. The presence of Grihapati in Hindu mythology...
    in Hindu mythology is visible in Sivagama. It is a collection of the holy scriptures that are followed by the devotees of Shiva. They contain immense knowledge and presents a way to connect with the God through spiritual enlightenment. It teaches the Supreme truth The name Grihapati is the compound of two words i.e., ‘Griha’ meaning planets and ‘Pati’ means lord. Thus making him the Lord of the planets as no change in the planetary position could affect his life. He was far beyond the rules of universe.

     

    Legend

     

    According to a legend ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    came on earth in the form of Grihapati because the true devotion of a sage named Vishwanara. He and his wife, Shuchismita, were married for a long time but didn’t have any children. Finally after repetitive requests of his wife, Vishwanara went to Kashi for a solution as he was a dedicated devotee of Shiva. As soon as he reached the destination, he started worshipping with his whole heart. Number of days passed and Shiva became pleased of his prayers and decided to give him a boon. When asked what wish he wanted granted, Vishwanara said that he wanted to be a father and be blessed with a son. Shiva not only granted his wish but also promised that he himself will take birth as his son and will be named Grihapati.

     

    Shuchismita soon became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful boy. Happiness surrounded the family and sages from distant places came to attend the birth ceremony. At the age of five, he was well-versed with all the Vedas. Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism He knew many sacred texts by heart. When he turned nine, he was visited by sage NaradaNaradaNarada
    Narada, also popularly known as Narada Muni, is a great Vedic sage and is one of the most significant and iconic characters of the Hindus. 
    who gave the family a very disheartening news. He said that there was some fault in the stars of Grihapati and he won’t live long. At the age of twelve, he will get stuck by lightning and burn to death. Though everyone was saddened, the boy decided to visit Kashi and offer prayers to Shiva, like his father, to avoid death.

     

    Grihapati decided to perform penance. He made a Shiv lingam and offered prayers. Looking at the young boy’s devotion, Indra became impressed. He came on earth and told Grihapati that he would like to offer him a boon to which the boy replied that he wants a boon only for Shiva. Indra felt insulted and decided to kill the boy with a bolt of lightning. As soon as he thought of proceeding with his act, Shiva came on earth and told Indra that Grihapati was no other than his own manifestation and cannot be touched even by YamaYamaYama
    Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)...
    . Nothing and no one could kill him. Indra realized his mistake and left the place. Grihapati was filled with joy.

     

    It is believed that the Shiva Linga Linga is a phallic shaped symbol of Shiva which is considered his source of power and is worshipped by Hindusthat is prayed to by devotees in Varanasi is the same that was built by Grihapati. In the present times it is known as Agnisvaralinga or Agnishwar Linga.

     




     
     

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