There are many names that we have given to Lord Shiva but his most of the devotees like to call him 'Bholenath'. Bholenath is a God who is very easy to made him happy. Philosophical meaning of this word is - Bhole means childlike innocence, Nath means God.
While Lord Shiva is called Bholenath on one side, on the other hand he is also called the destroyer of the universe. Those who live in the crematorium and whose body is devoured, who lives with ghosts, why is such a god called Bholenath? But despite all this, Shiva is naive "Bhole".
There is neither ego nor cunning in them. He is not proud of his power at all, that is why he is Bholenath.
There is also a story behind him being called Bholenath. There was a demon who had been doing penance for thousands of years. Engaged day and night in the worship of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva knew well that he is a demon and it would not be good to grant him a boon. Still he appeared and asked Asura to ask for a boon. The name of that asura was Bhasmasura.
Bhasmasur asked for a boon from Lord Shiva that whatever he touched, be consumed immediately. Shiva immediately granted him this boon. Now Bhasmasura wanted to test the boon. Bhasmasur felt that if he devours Lord Shiva then no one will be better than him.
It is said that Lord Shiva does not return empty-handed to his devotee, which is why Bhole started escaping after saving his life. Then Lord Vishnu did a trick and dressed as Mohini. Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini danced to fascinate the asuras and cleverly placed Bhasmasura's hand on his head. In this way, the demon named Bhasmasura was liberated.
That is why Lord Shiva is called Bholenath from whom it is easiest to make him happy and get blessed with his 'vardan'.
Lord Shiva is pleased with those who work hard. Special efforts are not required to convince them. His devotees give whatever boon they ask. Whether it is a human being or a demon, he fulfills everyone's wishes. The demon named Tarakasura had done harsh penance.
Lord Shiva was pleased with that too and asked for a boon. Tarakasura then asked Shiva to boon that no one could kill him except the son of Lord Shiva. Bholenath gave him a boon without thinking.
He is a symbol of generosity. Bhola means those who forget everything easily. Those people who believe in forgetting are Bholenath. Lord Shiva does not know any kind of politics. He is outcast and does everything on his own free will.
They do not go on anyone's orders. He does not even remember what mother Parvati asked him to do and what not. They do not have even a full knowledge of worldly things, they remain meditative. He is Bholenath for all these reasons.
(Updated Date & Time :- 2020-03-28 13:00:21 )
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