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Lord Shiva is the highest manifestation of Absolute Reality. He also represents purity and auspiciousness (Shivam). He is Brahman – Maheshwara and lord of the universe – Ishwara. According to Krishna Yajur Veda and Pancha Brahma Upanishad, the supreme truth or consciousness took form in five stages called Sadyojata, Aghora, Vamadeva, Tatpurusha and Ishana to perform five functions. Here brahma does not mean Lord Brahma, the creator, but it means Lord Shiva, the Supreme Brahman.
The five faces of Lord Shiva therefore represent the five functions mentioned above called Panchakrityas. These five faces correspond to five syllables in the divine penta-syllabic or panchakshara mantra called na-mah-shi-va-ya.
Vedicfolks takes pride in venerating the Pancha Brahma forms of Lord Shiva by performing unique and unprecedented rituals to the Supreme Reality. For the first of the five Pancha Brahma series of Homam, Satyojata Ishvara Homam will be performed at our homa centre on the day of Pradosh vrat. This day also coincides with Damodara Dwadashi which is celebrated on the Shukla paksha of Shravan month dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Shravan Nakshatra stars appear bright in the sky during this time, and people also worship Lord Shiva for bringing happiness and other great benefits to the devotees.
According to the Agamas, Lord Satyojata is white in color, a youth with a charming face. His body is smeared with sandalwood paste, adorned with white flowers and his mudras or hand gestures display boon-granting Varada mudra and also fear-not or protection gesture for Abhaya mudra. Lord Sadyojata faces west and represent the element fire. The name Sadyojata represents Sadyaha which means born now. The lord manifests and makes his appearance known through newborn souls. This aspect is worshipped first and is associated with the color white. This form signifies the western direction and represents our will power. It also denotes the mind, tastes, power of creation and pleasures of life. Also, this aspect of Shiva makes his presence felt through the innumerable souls born.
Satyojata Ishwara is correlated with the following:-
Sadyojata Ishvara Homam is performed to one of the five faces of Pancha Brahma Lord Shiva. This is a very rare ritual that can even make planets favor you. Since Satyojata Ishvara represents earth element or Prithvi tatva one can find remedies to planetary afflictions especially that of Mercury. The five aspects are necessary for sustaining life for without the gross elements, life is impossible on earth.
Sadyojatam Prapadyami Sadyojatayavai Namo Namaha
Bhave Bhavenati Bhave Bhavasvamam Bhavod Bhavaya Namaha
Sadyojata Ishvara Homam is performed to one of the five faces of Lord Shiva. The lord is primordial energy responsible for all eventualities of life. The Satyojata form exists in our mind, organs of smell, generation and subtle form of earth. The ritual also protects from maladies, bad impact of karma and heals the body and soul to a great extent. Performing the ritual helps to overcome fears, protects from dangers and cures diseases. It provides a healthy mind and spirit and all round prosperity. It also gives blessings of good health, harmony, success and fulfillment of desires. The lord when pleased, blesses the devotee with a perfect balance of mind, speech and bodily actions that aids to sharpen creative skills. Worshipping the form bestows sustainability, purification of the body especially the senses and positivity.
Lord Ekambareshwar Temple in Kanchipuram is one of the pancha bhoota stalam of Lord Shiva that represents the earth element. According to Vedic texts, Goddess Parvati (Kamakshi) made a linga of sand – Prithvi lingam and worshipped it under a mango tree. To test the goddess’ devotion, Lord Shiva created a flood that threatened to destroy the linga but Parvati embraced it and saved it from destruction. Lord Shiva is also called Tazhuva Kuzhainthaar which means the one who melted in the embrace. A puja in this temple helps to gain knowledge, cure for diseases, and acquire comforts of life, wealth and salvation.
A very powerful symbol of Lord Shiva, the lingam is a representation of the union of a primordial energy of the Shakti with divine consciousness that’s Lord Shiva. It signifies a column of light that has no beginning or end. An energized Shiva lingam has the power to radiate positive vibrations around you of peace, harmony and oneness. It can also be used as an instrument of meditation and the energy from it transcends one to the realm of bliss and spiritual revelation and growth. It gives prosperity, protection and contentment.