shivaratri

THE GREAT NIGHT OF THE MIGHTY DESTROYER OF THE UNIVERSE ~ MAHASHIVARATRI !

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.


LEGENDS :

There are many mythological legends associated with this day. As per one story of Mahashivaratri, the festival is celebrated to mark the day on which Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati.  It falls on the 13th night of the dark half of the Hindu month of Phalgun. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, devotees observe a day-long fast and worship Lord Shiva with great vigor at temples and homes. The Shivratri legend also says that a person who fasts on this day can reap the benefits of a whole year’s rigorous prayers. Women pray to Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri to get a husband as omnipotent as Lord Shiva himself.

 According to another legend of Mahashivratri, during the great mythical churning of the ocean – Samudra Manthan conducted by the gods and demons for obtaining nectar to make them immortal, first a pot of poison emerged. The poison was so potent that nobody was ready to even touch it as it had the power to burn up the whole world. 
It was decided that the only one who could help them get rid of this poison was Lord Shiva. So they all went to him for help, and Shiva promptly agreed to consume the poison. However, the poison was so deadly that even if a drop had entered Lord Shiva’s stomach (his stomach represents the universe), it would have annihilated the whole world. 
Shiva carefully held the poison in his throat which turned blue due to the effect of the poison, and so he came to be known as Neelkanth. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated as a day of gratitude to Lord Shiva for protecting the world from this deadly poison. 

HOW IT IS CELEBRATED :

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated by people following Hinduism in India. People often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favourite.

It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life. The most popular Maha Shivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Large processions are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva.


THIS YEAR MAHASHIVARATRI IS CELEBRATED ON TOMMOROW 24 FEB,2017 .THE ACCURATE TIMINGS ARE GIVEN BELOW ACCORDING TO ISD :

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 21:38 on 24/Feb/2017

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 21:20 on 25/Feb/2017


HAPPY MAHASHIVARATRI WISHES  FROM US TO YOU ! 

Shivaratri 2015

Auspicious festival of Mahashivaratri falls on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. This is the period of waning moon or the dark fortnight and Phalguna corresponds to the month of February - March in English Calendar. Shivaratri Festival is celebrated on a moonless night.

According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri or ‘Shiva’s Great Night’ symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

Many however, believe, Shivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya - the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.

Celebrating the festival in a customary manner, devotees give a ritual bath to the Lingam with the panchagavya - milk, sour milk, butter and dung.

Celebrations of Shivaratri Festival mainly take place at night. Devotees of Lord Shiva throng Shiva temples across the country and spend ‘the Night of Lord Shiva’ by chanting verses and hymns in praise of the Lord.

The festival holds special meaning for the ladies. They pray to Goddess Parvati also called ′Gaura′, the giver of ′suhag′ for good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life.

Happy Shivaratri!

By K.Nagori

Sri Shiva Mahimna Stotram Verses 31-43.

 कृश-परिणति-चेतः क्लेशवश्यं क्व चेदं क्व च तव गुण-सीमोल्लङ्घिनी शश्वदृद्धिः।
इति चकितममन्दीकृत्य मां भक्तिराधाद्‌ वरद चरणयोस्ते वाक्य-पुष्पोपहारम्‌॥ ३१॥
O Giver of boons, how poor is my ill-developed mind, subject to afflictions, and how boundless Your divinity- Eternal and possessing infinite virtues. Though terror stricken because of this, I am inspired by my devotion to offer this garland of prayers at Your feet. (31)


असित-गिरि-समं स्यात्‌ कज्जलं सिन्धु-पात्रे सुर-तरुवर-शाखा लेखनी पत्रमुर्वी।
लिखति यदि गृहीत्वा शारदा सर्वकालं तदपि तव गुणानामीश पारं न याति॥ ३२॥
O Lord, if the black mountain be ink, the ocean the inkpot, the branch of the wish-fulfilling tree a pen, the earth the writing leaf, and if taking these the Goddess of Learning writes for eternity, even then the limit of Your glory will not be reached. (32)

असुर-सुर-मुनीन्द्रैरर्चितस्येन्दु-मौलेः ग्रथित-गुणमहिम्नो निर्गुणस्येश्वरस्य।
सकल-गण-वरिष्ठः पुष्पदन्ताभिधानः रुचिरमलघुवृत्तैः स्तोत्रमेतच्चकार॥ ३३॥
The best of Gandharvas, Pushpadanta by name, composed in great devotion this beautiful hymn to the Lord, who is worshipped by demons, gods, and sages, whose praises have been sung, who has the moon on His forehead, and who is attributeless. (33)


अहरहरनवद्यं धूर्जटेः स्तोत्रमेतत्‌ पठति परमभक्त्या शुद्ध-चित्तः पुमान्‌ यः।
स भवति शिवलोके रुद्रतुल्यस्तथाऽत्र प्रचुरतर-धनायुः पुत्रवान्‌ कीर्तिमांश्च॥ ३४॥
The person who with purified heart and in great devotion always reads this elevating hymn, becomes like Shiva (after death) in the abode of Shiva, and while in this world gets abundant wealth, long life, progeny and fame. (34)

महेशान्नापरो देवो महिम्नो नापरा स्तुतिः। अघोरान्नापरो मन्त्रो नास्ति तत्त्वं गुरोः परम्‌॥ ३५॥
There is no God higher than Shiva, there is no hymn better than the hymn on the greatness of Shiva, there is no mantra more powerful than the name of Shiva, there is nothing higher to be known than the real nature of the Guru. (35)


दीक्षा दानं तपस्तीर्थं ज्ञानं यागादिकाः क्रियाः। महिम्नस्तव पाठस्य कलां नार्हन्ति षोडशीम्‌॥ ३६॥
Initiation into spiritual life, charities, austerities, pilgrimages, practice of yoga, performance of sacrificial rites - none of these give even a sixteenth part of the merit that one gets by reciting the hymn on the greatness of Shiva. (36)

 
कुसुमदशन-नामा सर्व-गन्धर्व-राजः
शशिधरवर-मौलेर्देवदेवस्य दासः।
स खलु निज-महिम्नो भ्रष्ट एवास्य रोषात्‌
स्तवनमिदमकार्षीद्‌ दिव्य-दिव्यं महिम्नः॥ ३७॥
The Lord of Gandharvas, Pushpadanta, is the servant of the God of gods who has the crescent moon on his forehead. Fallen from his glory due to the wrath of the Lord, he composed this very beautiful uplifting hymn on the greatness of Shiva to regain His favor. (37)

सुरगुरुमभिपूज्य स्वर्ग-मोक्षैक-हेतुं
पठति यदि मनुष्यः प्राञ्जलिर्नान्य-चेताः।
व्रजति शिव-समीपं किन्नरैः स्तूयमानः
स्तवनमिदममोघं पुष्पदन्तप्रणीतम्‌॥ ३८॥
If one with single-minded devotion and folded palms reads this unfailing hymn composed by Pushpadanta, which is adored by great gods and the best of sages and which grants heaven and liberation, one goes to Shiva and is worshipped celestial beings. (38)


आसमाप्तमिदं स्तोत्रं पुण्यं गन्धर्व-भाषितम्‌।
अनौपम्यं मनोहारि सर्वमीश्वरवर्णनम्‌॥ ३९॥
Thus ends this unparalleled sacred hymn composed by Pushpadanta and describing the glory of God Shiva in a most fascinating manner. (39)


इत्येषा वाङ्मयी पूजा श्रीमच्छङ्कर-पादयोः।
अर्पिता तेन देवेशः प्रीयतां मे सदाशिवः॥ ४०॥
This hymn worship is offered at the feet of Shiva. May the ever beneficent Lord of Gods be pleased with me at this! (40)


तव तत्त्वं न जानामि कीदृशोऽसि महेश्वर।
यादृशोऽसि महादेव तादृशाय नमो नमः॥ ४१॥
I do not know the truth of your nature and who you are- O great God my salutations to your true nature. (41)

एककालं द्विकालं वा त्रिकालं यः पठेन्नरः।
सर्वपाप-विनिर्मुक्तः शिव लोके महीयते॥ ४२॥
Whoever reads this once, twice or thrice (in a day) revels in the domain of Shiva, bereft of all sins. (42)


श्री पुष्पदन्त-मुख-पङ्कज-निर्गतेन
स्तोत्रेण किल्बिष-हरेण हर-प्रियेण।
कण्ठस्थितेन पठितेन समाहितेन
सुप्रीणितो भवति भूतपतिर्महेशः॥ ४३॥
If a person learns by heart and recites this hymn, which flowed from the lotus mouth of Pushpadanta, which destroys sins and is dear to Shiva and which equally promotes the good of all, Shiva, the Lord of creation, becomes very pleased. (43)

इति श्री पुष्पदन्त विरचितं शिवमहिम्नः
         स्तोत्रं समाप्तम्‌॥
Thus ends the `shivamahimna hymn’ composed by Pushhpadanta.
 

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Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated in reverence of God Shiva

As per Hindu mythology, this day is believed to be the day when Shiva saved the universe by drinking the poison emerged from the churning of the ocean (samudra manthana). 

It is also believed to be the day in which Shiva married Goddess Parvati (Shakti), and the night he performed the Tandav, the cosmic dance.

While most Hindu festivals are celebrated during the day, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated during the night, by keeping a jagaran - a night-long vigil, (as it is believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance). 

The festival is principally celebrated by Shiva lingam pujaofferings of bael leaves to Shiva, as well as water, milk and honey, all-day fasting and an all-night-vigil

All through the day, devotees chant Om Namah Shivaya, the sacred mantra of Shiva. 

Shivaratri ~ Union of ShankarParvati! The divine union which takes place when Shiva comes to meet Shakti represents enlightenment in absolute darkness! ShivaShakti, the Union of heart and mind. The two who are one, ShankarParvati, the soul and energy in the working. The soul is the consciousness, The mind is the matter. Shiva, the soul and Parvati, the mind. Sati loved Shiva to the core and being his wife became her motto. She left the pampered life of the family palace and retired to the forest to worship Shiva. She worshipped him day and night with her rigorous penance. Although Daksha called Shiva uncivilised, a destroyer of all things respected in culture, Sati married Shiva anyway. But after Sati immolated herself in fire Shiva isolated himself amongst the snow covered peak of Kailasha. He rejected the world outside as so distraught was he after the loss of his first true love. Immersed in mediation, he performed great tapas that produced heat and energy. His mind was filled with great knowledge, and his body became resplendent with energy but all this energy and knowledge bottled within his being was of no use to anyone. “I will coil myself around Shiva, wean out his energy and knowledge for the good of the world and make him father a child,” said Shakti! Shakti took birth as Parvati. The first word that Parvati uttered was SHIVA. She was determined to draw Shiva out of his cave and make him her consort. “this unshakable heart knows no other feeling than love. Those whose goals are set don’t care about criticism.” It was after a lot of penance that Parvati won the love of Shiva and married him. Parvati is referred to as the symbol of love and devotion. She is also referred as as the embodiment of devotion in a marriage and is known to have reduced the anger of Shiva immensely through her affection. Their love is honest and equal. It balances male and female, spirit and matter! Shiva is able to function when united with Shakti, otherwise he is inert.

🕉🔱Jai Shiva Parvati Mata Ki !🔱🕉

Mahashivartri (also known as Shivaratri or Padmarajarathri) is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, who destroys all evil in the universe, He is one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

Shiva (Lord Shiva) and Ratri (night), so Shivaratri means the night of Lord Shiva. Every lunar month on the 14th day of the dark half of the moon phase there is Shivaratri but in the Vedic month of Phalgun (February/March) there is a Maha Shivaratri.

All through the day devotees keep a strict fast and chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”. They maintain long vigils during the night, keeping awake to listen to stories, hymns and songs. Their fast is broken the next morning, usually with parsad (offerings to Lord Shiva).

It is said that those who observe this night, with perfect devotion and concentration, is freed from all sins. He reaches the abode of Shiva, by liberating oneself from the wheel of death and birth.

Rituals On The Night

 

The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by washing it every three hours, while chanting of the mantras continues.

According to the Shiva Purana, the Maha Shivaratri worship must incorporate six items:

  • Bathing the Shiv Lingam with water, milk and honey. Wood, apple, or bael leaves are added to. This represents purification of the soul.

  • Vermillion paste is applied to the Shiv Lingam after bathing it. This represents virtue.
  • Offering of fruits, which is conducive to longevity and gratification of desires.
  • Burning of incense, yielding wealth.
  • The lighting of the lamp which is conducive to the attainment of knowledge.
  • And betel leaves marking satisfaction with worldly pleasures.

The Lingam is usually made out of granite, soapstone, quartz, marble or metal. It has a ‘yoni’ at its base representing the union of organs. 

Legends

 

Sumudra Manthan

 

According to the Puranas, during the great mythical churning of the ocean called Sumudra Manthan, a pot of poison emerged from the ocean. The gods and demons were terrified as it could destroy the entire world. When they ran to Shiva for help, He in order to protect the world, drank the deadly poison but held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. This turned His throat blue, and since then He became known as ‘Nilkantha’, meaning the blue throated one. Shivaratri celebrates this event by which Shiva saved the world

A statue depicting the drinking of the poison. 

The Story Of King Chitrabhanu

 

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Maharaja Bhishma, whilst resting on a bed of arrows discoursing on Dharma, refers to the observance of Maha Shivaratri by King Chitrabhanu. The pastime goes as follows.

Once, King Chitrabhanu was observing a fast with his wife, and it was the day of Maha Shivaratri. The sage Ashtavakra came to visit to the king’s court. The sage asked, “O king why are you observing a fast today?” King Chitrabhanu explained the reason, as he had the gift of remembering the incidents of his previous birth. The king said to the sage, “In my past birth I was a hunter in Varanasi Dham (Kashi). My name was Suswara. My livelihood was to kill and sell birds and animals. One day, I was overtaken by the darkness of the night. Unable to return home, I climbed a tree for shelter. It happened to be a bael tree. I had shot a deer that day, but I did not have time to take it home. I bundled it up and tied it to a branch on the tree. As I was tormented by hunger and thirst, I kept awake throughout the night. I shed profuse tears when I thought of my poor wife and children who were starving and anxiously awaiting my return. To pass away time that night I engaged myself plucking bael leaves and dropping them down onto the ground. The day dawned and I returned home and sold the deer. I bought some food for myself and for my family. I was about to break my fast when a stranger came to see me, begging for food. I served him first and then took my food. “

“At the time of death, I saw two messengers of Lord Shiva, they were sent down to take my soul to His abode. I then learnt for the first time of the great merit I had earned by the unconscious worship of Lord Shiva during the night of Maha Shivaratri. They told me that there was a Lingam under that tree and that I had dropped the leaves on that Lingam. My tears, which I had shed out of pure sorrow for my family, fell onto the Lingam and washed it. And I had fasted all day and all night. Thus, I unconsciously worshipped Lord Shiva on that auspicious day. I lived in the abode of the Lord and enjoyed divine bliss for long ages. And now I am reborn as Chitrabhanu.”

When creation was completed Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati went to live on the top of Mount Kailash. Mother Parvati asked, “O Lord, which of many rituals observed in your honour pleases you the most?” The Lord replied, “The fourteenth night of the new moon in the dark fortnight during the month of Phalgun, is my favourite day. It is called Maha Shivaratri. My devotees give Me great joy and happiness by mere fasting than ceremonial baths and offerings of flower, sweets and incense.”

“The devotee observes strict spiritual discipline in the day and worships Me in four different forms during each of the four successive three hour periods of the night. The offering of a few bael leaves is more precious to Me than precious jewels and flowers. My devotees should bath Me in milk in the first period, in yoghurt in the second period, in ghee in the third period, and in honey in the fourth and last period. In the morning he should feed Brahmins (that is if this is possible), and after doing that he/she breaks their fast. No ritual can compare with this simple routine in sanctity.

 

Wishing all my followers a very peaceful and enlightening Shivaratri

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Shivaratri - The Great Night of Shiva

Tomorrow, on the 27th of February 2014 (the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna), we celebrate Shivaratri to worshop Shiva, one of the three supreme Gods in Hinduism. While Brahma is the creator of the universe and Vishnu the God that preserves it, Shiva is the destroyer that reminds us of the impermanence of this world. Shiva is said to be unchanging and formless, yet he was given many forms. His attributes include a third eye on the forehead, a snake around the neck, a crescent moon and the river Ganga in his hair. His instrument is the damaru and his weapon the trishula.

To celebrate Shivaratri, the worshiper fasts the day before Shiva’s night. Optionally they drink Bhang, a traditional drink containing cannabis, for cannabis being Shiva’s weed. During night itself they worship the Shiva Lingam - usually pictured as a cosmic pillar (stambha) or as an oval shaped stone - by pouring milk and then rose water, yoghurt, honey and finally Ghee (melted butter) on it every three hours. They offer beal leaves to Shiva and repeatedly sing the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. Those who chant Shivas name with high concentration and devotion during Shivaratri will lose their fear of death and are liberated from the cycle of death and rebirth. Another important Mantra is the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, which is supposed to connect the chanter with pure consciousness and bliss. On the next morning the ritual is completed by ending the fasting.