Every year, on this very day, thousands of people celebrate Maha Shivratri by bathing Lord Shiva’s idol or the Shivalingam in a mix of milk and honey. But have you ever wondered why?
Rituals are usually based on ancient traditions that have multiple aspects–most of the fluids that are used in Hindu rites are auspicious and nutritious at the same time. They’re all edible, whether it’s charanamrita or shinni, and they are recommended by ayurvedic texts. And that’s because the ingredients not only have individual value, but also have an increased potency when mixed together.
Most of the fluids used during havans or even rituals of bathing are made of at least two vital ingredients, and the holy mix in which Lord Shiva is bathed on Maha Shivratri is no exception. Devotees pour a mix of honey and milk (usually laced with some yogurt, sandalwood paste, and rose water) on top of the god’s idol or linga, a ritual bath that takes the shape of a massive movement on this occasion.
But the thing is, a drink as auspicious and nutritious as this mix should be had every day–not just on Maha Shivratri.
Honey is a natural antioxidant, with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Milk, on the other hand, is a vital source of calcium, protein, vitamins, minerals, and lactic acid. When mixed together, this drink can help you deal with the following health issues.
Both milk and honey have probiotic benefits–which means both assist the growth of healthy bacteria in our guts. When mixed together, a milk and honey drink can cure everything from acidity and cramps to constipation and bloating.
A warm glass of milk and honey is a traditional remedy for sleeplessness or insomnia. This mix increases the production of serotonin in the brain, which helps us relax and sleep peacefully.
3. Skin care
There’s a reason why the market is flooded with milk and honey soaps, creams, serums, and lotions–both these ingredients have anti-microbial and cleansing properties. Drinking this mix every day can make your skin glow naturally.
4. Bone health
While milk is a great source of calcium, honey is an agent that helps carry nutrients throughout the body. Consuming milk is beneficial, but it’s even better when you add a few spoonfuls of homey as well.
Milk has the protein, honey has the carbohydrates and natural glucose, that you need to increase your vitality and stamina. Whether this drink is given to children or adults, or even the elderly, it is highly beneficial in maintaining the energy levels that our bodies need.
So, don’t just bathe Lord Shiva with a mix of milk and honey today. Go ahead, and serve some to your family and friends after the day’s fasting is done. And remember to make this nectar–milk and honey–a part of your daily diet. A warm glass of it will change your life.