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Why does lord shiva smoke weed

Why does lord shiva smoke weed?




Shiva is the prime lord in Hinduism. Learning about lord Shiva will bring you closer to blissfulness. In the highest state, Shiva is the eternal creator, preserver, and destroyer of all realms. 

Indeed, Shiva is the supreme lord in Shaivism, which is a significant branch of Hinduism. The most fascinating thing about lord Shiva is he has a bilateral nature. His primary form is attribute less, with no form, and is called Sadashiva. 

Shiva’s lingam is the symbolic representation of the formless Shiva. It is the highest state of lord Shiva, regarded as Parambrahm or supreme consciousness. The other form has a physical manifestation but is equivalently powerful as the formless form. 

In this post, we are talking about the second form of lord Shiva, which has a physical persona. The ancient text defines lord Shiva’s physical form as lord of the lords, Mahadev. 

There are various names for lord Shiva, like Bholenath, Rudra, Mahakaal, Shaktipati, Shambhu, Neelakantha, and Gangadhar. This list of names keeps going, as every name defines his one particular virtue. 

So, there are many facts and mysteries associated with lord Shiva’s physical form. One mystery surrounding lord Shiva is the depiction of him smoking weed in various Hindu artworks.

Knowing the answer to this question will definitely bring you closer to Shiva. So let’s get started together and figure out why lord Shiva is associated with marijuana. 

Why does lord shiva smoke weed?

As already mentioned, Shiva is beyond the state of physical existence. He is an eternal consciousness who doesn’t have a dependence on matter and energy. Shiva himself is that energy and matter. In fact, he is the inner consciousness within everybody. Anyone can invoke inner Shiva through ancient meditational practices like the chanting of the powerful Mantra Om Namah Shivaya

Every Leela (cosmic play) that lord Shiva does in his physical form has a significant meaning. Even the greatest toxicity of the cosmos ‘Halahal’ cannot affect Vishnu Vallabha (Shiva: the one who is most dear to lord Vishnu) without his will, as he is Neelakantha, a man with a blue throat.

Once Shiva drank the deadly poison ‘Halahal’ to protect the entire cosmos from getting destroyed by its adverse effects. It turned lord Shiva’s throat to blue. In the meantime, goddess Parvati, the loving wife of lord Shiva, gave him some marijuana as medicine to settle the heat of his throat.

It represents the greatness of the lord Shiva, who saved the entire world by consuming the deadly cosmic poison. The most mesmerizing thing about Shiva is that he is renowned for his benevolence and simplicity. People have strong faith in Shiva. 

In fact, an enormous amount of devotion emerges for lord Shiva. Devotees seek strength, courage, knowledge, and prosperity from Shiva. Because of that devotion, people offer toxic substances to Shiva, and it has a spiritual meaning which is defined below.

For devotees, offering weed to Shiva has a symbolic meaning. By doing that, you are offering your evil side to Shiva and praying.

“Dear lord Shiva. I offer all my intoxication and bad karma to you. You are the destroyer of all sin and purifier of mind and body. Please make me free from my past sins like you freed the entire world from the cosmic poison, Halahal.”

It is a constant feeling that offering these substances to Shiva means getting purified from your sins and promising Shiva that you will choose the path of righteousness in life.

It is the reason lord Shiva is seen holding chillum in most of the artwork.

Lord Shiva never endorsed the consumption of any tamasic food & drink substances; In fact, it is against Shaivism. Even Shiva’s true devotees will never intentionally eat meat because they know Shiva is Pashupatinath, the lover of animals.

When Bhang is served at the festival of Mahashivratri, it has other intentions than intoxication. Most people don’t know that Bhang has a close relationship with Ayurveda. (Science of Vedic healthcare)

There are many benefits of Bhang intake. According to Ayurveda, bhang is beneficial if consumed at a limited base. Excessive use of bhang can be injurious to health.

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The Health Benefits of Bhang

  • Bhang intake helps to heal the sickness of Glaucoma (मोतियाबिंद).
  • It works as an Ayurvedic herb and benefits in healing epilepsy.
  • Consumption of Bhang is advisable when health issues are associated with the nervous disorder.
  • Limited Consumption of bhang helps to improve the digestive system.
  • Bhang also helps to deal with skin-related issues by purifying the skin. This Ayurvedic coolant which acts fast on sunburn.
  • Bhang helps to reduce anxiety and depression and heals muscle pain.
  • Consumption of bhang cures headaches
  • Bhang gives positive triggers to your brain and enhances your senses like listening and touching.
  • Intake of Bhang also helps to cure breathing problems like Asthma.
  • Bhang helps yogis, sages, and saints to boost their meditational power to get connected with supreme consciousness.

The Path of Shiva is the path of righteousness, knowledge, truth, Yoga, courage, humility, compassion, and meditation. It is a hard pathway to walk in life, as it requires faith and spirituality. Every moment will testify to your trust in Shiva. Hence, you have to keep your faith in Shiva.

Shiva is the great god who will take care of everything for you. You don’t have to worry about anything, and he will bless you with knowledge, health, wealth, and success. The most significant thing is that you don’t have to change anything in your lifestyle. Lord Shiva is religious proof; he is a Vairagi who is renowned for living a highly ascetic life on Mount Kailash away from people’s materialistic desires.

Shiva frees people from worldly disorders like Kam (lust), Kroda (anger), Moho (attachment), Maya (illusion), and Ahankara (ego),  following the path of Shiva means getting liberated from such disorders. 

To get liberation from these disorders, people offer marijuana, chillum, ganja, and weed to Shiva. These all stuffs are the manifestations of wickedness, arrogance, and darkness. 

Therefore, Shiva is not limited to any religion. He is universal and belongs to everyone. Indeed, Shiva is kind, and no one has a copyright on reverence of lord Shiva. There are no major rules – regulations bound to worship Shiva. He is free from all kinds of formalities. 

The path of Shiva means:

  • Respecting the faith of others.
  • Helping others.
  • Becoming a giver in life.
  • Practicing compassion.
  • Protection of the innocent and destruction of evil.
  • Supporting women’s empowerment.
  • Awakening the inner consciousness.
  • Becoming Sampoorna (Self-sufficient)
  • Loving nature and respecting the holy river Ganga


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Santosh Gairola is an Indian-origin Author, Educator, & Blogger. He is an adherent devotee of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.

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