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Mahadev drinking Halahala poison | Hindu FAQs

The  Dev (gods) and Rakshashas (demons) got together for the colossal task  of churning the cosmic ocean. Mount Mandara, was used as the pole to  stir the waters. And Vishnu’s Koorma Avatar(Tortoise) balanced the  mountain on its back thereby preventing it from sinking in the depths of  the unfathomable ocean. The great serpent Vasuki was used as the  churning rope. As the ocean was churned lot of goodies came out of it  which the Devs and Rakshashas distributed amongst themselves. But from  the depths of the ocean also came out the ‘Halahal’ Or ‘Kalkoot’ visha(poison). When  the poison was taken out, it started heating up the cosmos considerably.  Such was its heat that people started running in dread, animals started  dying and plants started withering. The “Visha” had no taker hence  Shiva came to everyone’s rescue and he drank the Visha. But, he did not  swallow it. He kept the poison in his throat. Since then, Shiva’s throat  became blue, and he came to be known as Neelkantha or the blue-throated  one.

Mahadev drinking Halahala poison Mahadev drinking halahala poison

Now  this caused immense heat and Shiva started getting restless. A restless  Shiva is not a good omen. Hence the gods undertook the task of cooling  Shiva off. According to one of the legends Chandra Dev (Moon god) made  Shiva’s hair his abode to cool him.

Some legends even claim that Shiva  moved to Kailash (which has subzero temperatures all year round) post  the Samudra Manthan episode. Shiva’s head was covered with “Bilva  Patra”. So you see everything was being done to cool Shiva off

Shiva smoking pot Shiva smoking Marijuana

Now  coming back to the question – Marijuana is supposed to be a coolant. It  lowers down the body’s metabolism and that brings the overall body  temperature down. Same is the case with Cannabis (Bhang) and Datura.  Bhang and Datura are closely associated with Shiva as well.

Credits: Atul Kumar Mishra
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Lord Shiva