Why does Lord Shiva wear a snake around his neck, know the reason!



In the Hindu religion, the festival of Mahashivratri has dedicated to Lord Shiva and on this day devotees keep a fast and pray to Bholenath to fulfill their wishes. Mahashivratri involves special worship and reverence of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to religious beliefs, observing fast on Mahashivratri fulfils one's wishes. Often you must have seen that Lord Shiva keeps a snake around his neck. Whose secret we are going to tell you about?

According to mythology, the name of the snake that is wrapped around the neck of Lord Shiva is Vasuki. It is said that Vasuki, the king of serpents, was a devoted worshiper of Lord Shiva. The Nagavanshi people living in the Himalayas were deeply connected to Shiva and Shiva had great affection for them. This connection is evident in Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. The prominence of snakes in the image of Lord Shiva reflects the unbreakable bond between Shiva and the Nagas.

Shiva had given a boon

According to the Puranas, there were five clans of serpents named Sheshnag (Anant), Vasuki, Takshak, Pingala and Karkotaka. Of these, Sheshnag is considered to be the first clan of snakes. Similarly, later Vasuki was born. He used to worship Lord Shiva with complete devotion. Lord Shiva was very happy to see Vasuki's full devotion and gave him the boon of wearing it around his neck. It is because of this boon received from the devotion of Shiva that a snake is seen wrapped around the neck of Lord Shiva.

The snake coiled around the neck, especially Vasuki, symbolizes the deep connection between Lord Shiva and his ardent devotees. The snake represents the power of devotion and the victory of good over evil. The act of wrapping the snake around the neck of Lord Shiva is a visual representation of divine unity and harmony.

Know what is its importance?

Mahashivratri, celebrated with true devotion and worship of Lord Shiva, is believed to bring blessings and fulfilment of wishes. The story of Vasuki underlines the importance of unwavering devotion and divine connection between Lord Shiva and his devotees.

On Mahashivratri, people engage in worship and rituals with deep devotion to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. It is believed that worshipping sincerely and following the traditions on this auspicious day removes troubles, fulfils aspirations and brings overall prosperity in life.