Why is Shiva Called Neelkantha??

The Devas (gods) and Āsuras (demons) together were looking to extract the treasure Amrita, the nectar of immortality hidden in the depths of the ocean to the surface. They used Mountain Mandara as the churner and the serpent Vāsuki as the rope. The gods held the tail of the snake and the demons held its head. In this way they were able to churn the ocean of the world with their combined power. Numerous treasures and precious objects emerged from the ocean and, finally, the much longed-for Amrita rose to the surface in a golden vessel.

But the serpent they had used to churn the oceans spat out a deadly poison that was capable of destroying the whole earth. Quickly the Devas caught it in a bowl so it was not able to do any harm. But as they had absolutely no idea what to do with it or how they could permanently “dispose” of it, they turned to Lord Shiva for help.

Lord Shiva Or Bholenath, the most gracious gods of all, never refuses a request from anyone. He took the bowl of poison and drank it down to the very last drop. However, in the process he did not swallow the poison but held it in the Vishuddhi or Throat Chakra and purified it by means of Ujjāyī Prānāyāma and Jālandhara Bandha. In this way he rid the world of a deadly peril. Through the poison his throat was coloured blue and since that day he has borne the nickname Nīlakantha (the blue-throated one).

There is a deep symbolism in this story. Our own negative thoughts and qualities are the demons; the Devas, however, are our good qualities – understanding, compassion, mercy, love, devotion and wisdom. Both qualities exist within us, just as the nectar of divine wisdom and immortality and the poison of ignorance and earthly mortality exist simultaneously in the world. The ocean of the world propels us in two directions – one towards the Devas, therefore towards goodness and light, and the other towards the destructive powers, the Āsuras. The serpent (Kundalinī) represents both the lifetime that is at our disposal and the power (Shakti) that brings the hidden treasure up from the depths of our inner being.


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