7 Must-Have Items For Shiva Worship On Mahashivratri

Bel Leaves

Bel leaves are considered very sacred and are extremely dear to Lord Shiva. Offering Bel Patra to Lord Shiva is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.


The Shivling is the most important idol used for worshipping Lord Shiva. It is a representation of the formless Brahman and the infinite energy of Lord Shiva.You can use a small stone Shivling or a crystal Shivling for your puja.


Panchamrit is a sweet mixture of five elements: milk, curd, honey, ghee (clarified butter), and sugar. It is offered to Lord Shiva as a prasad.

Dhatura Flowers

Dhatura flowers, also known as thorn apples, are considered sacred and offered to Lord Shiva.  It is important to handle Datura with care as it is poisonous if ingested.

Sandalwood Paste and Powder

Sandalwood paste and powder are considered auspicious and are used to adorn the Shivling.  Sandalwood paste has a cooling effect, which signifies Shiva's calmness and detachment.


Bhaang, a paste made from the leaves of the cannabis plant, is traditionally consumed on Mahashivratri. However,  it is important to consult with local authorities and laws regarding consumption of Bhaang.

Diya and Ghee

A Diya filled with ghee is used for lighting the puja area. The flame of the Diya symbolizes knowledge and dispels darkness.