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How should Vaishnavas Worship Lord Shiva?

 

The ideal way for a devotee to worship Lord Shiva was shown by Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Krishna playing the role of His greatest devotee. Lord Chaitanya, the leader of all Gaudiya Vaishnavas, visited temples of Lord Shiva in South India and worshipped him as the topmost Vaishnava, as stated in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (12.13.16).

 

nimna-ganam yatha ganga   devanam achyuto yatha

vaishnavanam yatha shambJiuh    purananam idam tatha

 

"Ganges is the greatest of all rivers, Lord Achyuta is the su­preme among deities. Lord Shambhu (Shiva) is the greatest of all Vaishnavas and Shrimad Bhagavatam is the greatest of all the Puranas." Lord Chaitanya worshipped him as the topmost Vaishnava and as one of the twelve mahajanas, great personali­ties who always preach the glories of Krishna. Lord Shiva can always be seen absorbed in meditation or chanting on beads, the glories of the Supreme Lord.Thus a devotee approaches Shiva in the same way as the Prachetas approached him - with the desire of achieving the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, Krishna.How should Vaishnavas Worship Lord Shiva?

 

The ideal way for a devotee to worship Lord Shiva was shown by Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Krishna playing the role of His greatest devotee. Lord Chaitanya, the leader of all Gaudiya Vaishnavas, visited temples of Lord Shiva in South India and worshipped him as the topmost Vaishnava, as stated in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (12.13.16).

 

nimna-ganam yatha ganga   devanam achyuto yatha

vaishnavanam yatha shambJiuh    purananam idam tatha

 

"Ganges is the greatest of all rivers, Lord Achyuta is the su­preme among deities. Lord Shambhu (Shiva) is the greatest of all Vaishnavas and Shrimad Bhagavatam is the greatest of all the Puranas." Lord Chaitanya worshipped him as the topmost Vaishnava and as one of the twelve mahajanas, great personali­ties who always preach the glories of Krishna. Lord Shiva can always be seen absorbed in meditation or chanting on beads, the glories of the Supreme Lord.Thus a devotee approaches Shiva in the same way as the Prachetas approached him - with the desire of achieving the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, Krishna.