An organically occurring element from air, water and soil, Parad is a hardened mercury. There are severl forms of mercury that exist in nature such as organic mercury compounds and inorganic mercury compounds, elemental and metallic mercury.
Significance of Parad
Mercury undergoes several stages of purification, before Parad is extracted from it. Parad is believed to be the most auspicious and fortunate metal made from the sperm of Lord Shiva. It is not only used significantly in vedic rituals but even idols made of Parad are comparatively more strong and radiant than those made of ceramic, wood or metal. The religious and divine benefits of a Parad Shivling is similar to a thousand Shivling made of stone or any other element.