Showing posts with label Halahala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halahala. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is The Nilakanth Pitha?

 


(“blue-throated”) Shiva's epithet; also the name of a Shiva manifestation ensconced in the Nilakanth Mahadev temple west of Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh.

Shiva is represented at Nilakanth with a linga, a pillar-shaped item that symbolizes Shiva.

The legend behind this epithet (as well as the temple's foundation) is based on the story of Churning the Ocean of Milk.

The water is churned by gods and devils to generate amrta, the nectar of immortality regarded to be the ocean's best essence.

However, their actions generate not only the amrta, but also the halahala poison, which is the opposite of the amrta.

This is a potentially catastrophic occurrence; the poison is so potent that if left uncontrolled, it would kill the planet.

When this poison develops, the gods and demons are at a loss about how to deal with it.

Shiva neutralizes the poison by swallowing it, but the poison's potency is so strong that it turns his throat blue.

Also, see Tortoise avatar and Ocean Churning.


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Hinduism - What Is The Halahala In Hindu Mythology?

 


The name of the terrible poison generated when the gods and demons churn the Ocean of Milk in Hindu mythology.

The ocean is churned by gods and demons to make amrita, the nectar of immortality.

However, their actions produce not only the amrita, but also the halahala poison, which is the opposite of the amrita.

This is a life-threatening situation, since if the poison isn't stopped, it will kill the planet.

Shiva, the deity, neutralizes the poison by holding it in his neck without swallowing it.

Because the poison causes his neck to become blue, one of his nicknames is Nilakanth, which means "blue-throated [one]." Also see Tortoise avatar.

 

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