Mahashivaratri Festival :
- Mahashivarati festival is celebrated with great devotion on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun in February or March month of every year in honor of Lord Shiva.
Tandava Nritya :
- Celebrating this auspicious festival of Mahashivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to pacify Lord Shiva.
- Shivaratri symbols the night when Lord Shiva performed the dance called ′Tandava Nritya′.
- It is also an auspicious day of belief that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Mata.
- According to Linga Purana, it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva revealed himself in the form of “Linga”.
- Therefore this day is considered to be most auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivaratri – the grand night of Shiva.
Om Namah Shivaya :
- This promising day is believed to be the day of merging of divine powers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.
- It is believed that on this day the terrestrial position in universe induces the spiritual energies very easily.
- Religious repentance are continued to gain blessings through the systematic practice of meditation and yoga.
- All over the country, people worships lord Shiva whole day and chants the mantra of “Om Namah Shivaya”.
- To celebrate the Shivratri festival, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath in river Ganga, kaveri etc.
- After wearing fresh clothes they visit the Shiva temple to give Abhishekha on Shiva Lingum with Water, milk, honey, etc.
- On Shivaratri devotees observe fast and offer fruits, flowers and “belwa patras” (bel leaves) on Shiva Linga.
- This worship of Lord Shiva continues throughout the day and night. Every three hours priests perform pooja, Abishekha and in between chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya’ and ringing of temple bells.
- Nightlong vigil or jaagran is most important thing celebrated in all Shiva temples with many devotees spend the night chanting mantras and singing devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva.
- The next day morning all devotees break their fast by accepting prasad offered to the Lord.
Shivaratri Celebrate : on 4th March, Monday
According to the Shiva Purana, there is a special significance of the six essential puja items used in the Shiva worship.
- Bathing of Shivalinga with water, milk and honey and wood apple or bel leaves added to it, represents purification of the soul.
- The vermilion paste applied on the linga after the ritual bath represents virtue.
- Offering of fruits symbolizes longevity and gratification of desires.
- Burning of incense sticks yields wealth.
- The lighting of the lamp symbolizes attainment of knowledge.
- Offering of betel leaves marks satisfaction with worldly pleasures
Lord Shiva Prayer: Devotees seeking blessings of Lord Shiva must recite Shiv Prarthana with sincerity and faith.
Om Sarva Mangal Manglaye Shivay Sarvaarth Sadhike
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri Narayaani Namostu Te
Oh the divine couple Shiva Parvati!
O! Thee, the protectors of this universe,
Along with Lords Brahma and Vishnu
We pray to you for our well-being, prosperity and the enlightenment of our souls.
Shivo Bhokta, Shiva Bhojya
Shivo Karta, Shivah Karma
Shiva is the experiencer and the highest object of experience. Shiva is the goal of Sadhana. There is nothing apart from Shiva. There is nothing other than Shiva. Whatever there is, is Shiva. There is nothing, which is not Shiva. There is no place, which is not Shiva. There is no time, which is not Shiva. To be aware of this is to be aware of Shiva.
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