Lord Shiva: Honoring Lord Shiva

                                                                  Q. My question is related to Lord Shiva. He is considered to be the topmost Vaishnava. When a devotee or Vaishnava sannyasi comes, we are eager to take their association but we don't go to Shiva temples to take his association. Similarly we observe fasting till noon on appearance and disappearance days of acharyas. But we don't do such a thing on Shivaratri (the festival marking Lord Shiva drinking poison). Why is this so?

                                                                  Q. 1. If Lord Shiva is considered to be a great Vaisnava then why do we not observe Shiva Ratri with fasting as we do the appearance days of other great Vaisnava acharyas?

                                                                  This question was answered in Inquiries of Absolute - Digest 12F, as follows:

                                                                  Q. 1. Lord Krishna told Arjuna: "Those who claim to be directly My devotees are actually not my devotees. But those who are devotees of my servants are factually My devotees." In Srimad Bhagavatam purports of first canto, Srila Prabhupada mentions that Lord Shiva is a pure devotee of Lord Krishna. According to the above sloka, does it not directly imply that all of us must serve Lord Shiva? How far is this justifiable?