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Why Lord Shiva is called 'Neelkantha'?

Jeevan Mantra Desk | Last Modified - Dec 29, 2010, 05:34 PM IST

People adress Shiva by hundreds of names and 'Neelkanth' is one of them.
  • Why Lord Shiva is called 'Neelkantha'?
    Why Lord Shiva is called 'Neelkantha'?

    religion_288_07Lord Shiva is the supreme God among five important deities of Hindu religion. He is therefore also termed as 'Mahadev'. People adress him by hundreds of names and 'Neelkanth' is one of them.

    Let us know why Lord Shiva is also called 'Neelkanth'.

    According to the religious scriptures, during churning of the milky ocean, the poison or 'Halahal' also came out of the ocean which terrified the Gods and Demons. It was so toxic that it might have destroyed all of creation. Lord Shiva then came to rescue and swallowed the poison and held it in his throat. Lord Shiva therefore became 'Neelkanth'.

    The swallowing of poison could have burn the throat but keeping the Moon and the Ganges in the lock of hair soothed Lord Shiva. This episode teaches that one should keep a good control over his speech which comes out of the throat. This control can however be exercised only when the Moon of Wisdom and the Ganges of the Knowledge is placed in our mind. Lord Shiva kept the Moon and the Ganges at the centre of thought and remained calm and peaceful. So use your wisdom and knowledge carefully to control your thoughts and speech and avoid clashes.

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