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How Shiva’s throat turned blue | Mythological Story

This is a very interesting story on how Shiva's throat turned blue during Samudra Manthan. During the Samudra Manthan, both Asuras and Devas were waiting for the nectar to come out of the sea as Devas did a treaty with Asuras that they will share the nectar.


The Samudra Manthan was an elaborate process. Mount Mandara was used as a churning rod and Vasuki, the king of Serpents, became the churning rope. God Vishnu although promised Asuras but he planned to share the Nectar only to Devas.

Then the churning process started. As soon as the poison ( Haalaa - Hala ) came out both Devas and Asuras were terrified as the poison was very toxic. Everyone started flying away, even Lord Vishnu told that only Lord Shiva can help in this case.

On the advice of Lord Vishnu, Gods approached Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva helped the Gods and drank the poison. However, Lord Shiva cannot drink the poison completely also so the poison stayed in his throat.

The poison changed the color of Shiva's neck to blue. For this reason, Lord Shiva is called by the name 'Nilkantha' ( Neela means blue and Kanth means Throat ).

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