Maha Shivaratri Festival is a one of the great divine occasion of Hinduism. It is celebrated with a grand vivacity by the people in all parts of the country. In Hindu calendar, it takes place in the Phalgun month and according to English calendar, it observed in the February-March month.

Maha Shivaratri Festival this Year :

shiva-panchakshari-mantra-strotraOn this day some devotees avoid food and water and some of the people go through fruits and milk. They take food in the next morning only. It is such a sincere and trustful worship.

Many traditional and ritual things are done by the people like early bath in the holy river, devotees gives a bath to Shiva Lingam with Panchamrit mixture etc.

The Panchamrit mixture contains milk, honey, sour milk, sandalwood paste and rose water. People worship and pray to god Shiva for his blessings and discard their negativity.

People believed that it is a great day to get ‘Moksha’ or ‘to free from rebirth cycle’ by doing a true worship of lord Shiva. It supposed auspicious (more…)

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Maha Shivaratri Festival:

Maha Shivaratri Festival is totally committed to lord Shiva. It is celebrated in the memory of his marriage with

Shiv ling

Shiv ling

goddess Parvati. But some of the devotees also believed that the day symbolizes his performance of ‘Tandava’ dance.

It has a great significance for men and women. Worship on this day gives most pleasure to lord Shiva. This statement is said by lord Shiva when his wife Parvati asked him for best occasion to worship him.

Devotees worships lord Shiva with a grand sincerity and devotion. On this entire day they observe fast.

Devotees give a holy bath to Shiv Lingam with Panchamrit. In the early morning they chant his mantras and prayers.

A beautiful prayers we can see here as follows:

Prayers of Lord Shiva:

Om Sarva Mangal Manglaye Shivay Sarvaarth Sadhike
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri Narayaani Namostu Te

Om Namastestu Bhagavan
Visvesaraya Mahadevaya
Trayambakaya Tripurantakaya
Trikagni – Kalaya
Kalagni – Rudraya Nil – Kanthaya Mrityunjaya
Sarvesvaraya Sadadhivaya
Sriman Mahadevaya Namah.

Lord Shiva has different names like Bholenath, Skandaguru, Trinetra, Bhudeva, Chandrapal, Gangadhara, Girijapati etc. All names have a different meaning and a great significance. Lord Shiva is also known as a Neelkanth. (more…)

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