In the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as a god, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind. According to the yogic lore, over fifteen thousand years ago, Shiva attained to his full enlightenment and abandoned himself in an intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still. — Sadhguru
It is said that whenever lord Vishnu has taken avtar lord Shiva use to keep a track of his welfare because of his love towards lord Vishnu.
Just as the Ganges is the best river among all rivers, similarly among all gods Lord Vishnu is the best. Just as Lord Siva is the best devotee among all the Lord’s devotees.
When Lord Vishnu took incarnation as Krishna, Lord Shiva goes to Gokul for a glimpse of Child –Krishna ( just like he went to Ayodhya when Ramji took incarnation ) .
27th February, 2014:
Maha Shivratri, Meaning “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture. Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Shiva is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the krishna paksha or waning phase of the moon in Phalgun. Along with keeping a fast, cold water and bel patra (leaves of the wood apple tree) are offered to the lingam during the day. The festival is celebrated by traditional offerings such as bathing Shiva in milk, panchamruta (milk,curd,ghee,sugar and honey ), one after the other in succession; or anointing the lingam with vermilion (kumkum), white consecrated rice and askshata, (symbols of fertility or creation), when Shiva is worshipped as the god of dissolution.