Maha Shivrathri Is A Gigantic Awakening Night To Attain Purity

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Maha Shivaratri is a famous  spiritual festival of Hindus. Huge number of ardent devotees delightfully celebrate this auspicious festival with a lot of enthusiasm, and devotion. Lord Shiva is considered as the destroyer of the evil and a boon for the prosperity. Maha Shivrathri has a lot of significance in the epitome of Hindu mythology. Devotees worship Lord Shiva to attain salvation and seek forgiveness for their sins. The day commences by doing fasting the whole night, chanting “Om Namas Shivaya” and taking bath in a sacred river to purify our mind and souls and visiting lord shiva temple to seek his blessings.

Lord shiva is a powerful deity for Hindus. Maha Shivrathri is a gigantic awakening night of the devotees to attain peace, purity and the essence of life.It is a time period for deep rest for body, mind,eyes and soul. This spiritual festival is a wake up call to move away from conflicts and move towards truth, beauty, peace and benevolence. This festival is grandly celebrated to honour Lord Shiva. The devotees chant Vedic mantras, perform pooja and do meditation .They perform sacred practices, bestow a sense of peace and oneness  within the world. The devotees take a refuge in divine consciousness. There are two ways to perform it either through surrender and meditation. Both  fetch solace and peace to devotees. Lord Shiva is the supremo who can create, protect or transform universe. He is regarded as one of the patron God for yoga and meditation. The attractive features of Lord Shiva are serpant around the neck, crescent moon, holy river ganga flowing from Shiva’s hair, third eye on forehead, trishul as an armour and damuru for warning. Maha Shivrathri prominence has been specified in the Skanda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana. 

Lord Shiva is also known by different names – Shankara, Pashupati, Nataraj, Mahadeva, Eshwara, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bholenath, Vishwanath, Digambara, Girraj, Kailash. He is regarded as the Supreme power or Shakthi  to offer boons  ardent devotees who worship him with utmost devotion . He leads an ascetic life in Mount Kailash. Devotees consider him as the patron God for yoga and meditation. Lord Shiva sits on a tiger skin with water poton his right side. He looks like a warrior embedded with rudrakshas and rides on his vehicle nandi the bull. He is the centrifugal force of the universe depicting the dual role of birth and destruction.

Essence of Maha Shivarathri:

This auspicious festival is celebrated to mark the wedding anniversary of Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva. The beautiful couple had been blessed with two children Lord Ganesh and Lord Karthikeya. The ardent devotees do jagran and fasting through-out the night to please Lord Shiva and obtain moksha. They offer  a holy bath to the Shiva lingas by offering Panchamruthas – water, ghee, milk, curd, honey, bananas, coconuts, Sugar and Jaggery are also given and they lit the dhupam as well as lamp with oil all are a part of spirituality which is very significant  to receive Lord Shiva’s blessings. Apart from it they will also apply Sandal, turmeric and Kumkum to God. Abhishekam is also done with pure mixed fruit juice. 

Women folk gather in large groups and celebrate this authentic festival with a lot of sincerity, dedication inculcating the feeling of  spirituality by chanting his name “Hara Hara Mahadev” Goddess Parvathi is considered as “Gauri” as she bestows a boon for the unmarried women for happy marital bliss, simultaneously  they also pray to Lord Shiva  as they regard him as an Ideal Husband.

Lord Shiva performs cosmic dance for creation, preservation and destruction of universe. A lot of poison oozed out while churning the ocean then to safeguard the world from ill-effects lord shiva consumed the venom. That is the reason he is called as Neelakanta. This festival is celebrated throughout India by the devotees to show  gratitude, thanks-giving. They express their Bhakti movement towards the God to seek his grace and guide them to truth of Shivoham- self realisation.

Maha Shivrathi Plots:

They were many mythological stories associated with this auspicious festival – In ancient times earth was facing destruction then Goddess Parvathi pledged  Lord Shiva to protect the world. Lord Shiva pleaded with her prayers agreed to become the saviour. From that day onwards devotees began worshiping him with dedication, passion and spirituality which is known as “Maha Shivrathri”

When a hunter went to the forest in search of a prey for food , he was unable to find any meat he waited patiently on a branch of a woodapple tree. He saw a deer in a nearby vicinity and started throwing leaves of a tree to attract and grab its attention. He was unaware of the fact there was a Shivalingam beneath the tree. Impressed with the hunter’s tactics  Lord Shiva appeared before him and bestowed blessings upon him with wisdom.

 

Famous Jyotirlinga’s Temples:

  1. Somnath Temple – Gujarat
  2. Mallikarjuna Swamy – Srisailam AP
  3. Mahakaleshwar- Ujjain Madhya Pradesh.
  4. Omkareshwar- Indore  Madhya Pradesh.
  5. Kedarnath- Uttarakhand
  6. Bhimashankar – Pune- Maharashra
  7. Kashi Vishwanath- Varanasi – Uttar Pradesh.
  8. Trimbakeshwar- Trimbak Maharashtra.
  9. Baidyanath- Deogarh- Jharkhand.
  10. Rameshwaram – Tamil Nadu.
  11. Grishneshwar – Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
  12. Nageshwar Temple – Gujarat

 

Lord Shiva Tathwam

  • “Delusions create the most compeling of beliefs.”
  • “Truth doesn’t have to be liked.It only has to be spoken out. The truth might hurt you but it will set you free.”
  • “Sometimes simple faith could lead to profound peace.
  • ‘’Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history not fortune tellers.’’
  • God will never leave you empty , he will replace everything you lost.
  • “Knowledge seems like magic to theignorant.”
  • “The most powerful force in a woman’s life is the need to be apprectiated,loved and cherished for wat she deserves.
  • “Any philosophy, no matter how perfect works only for a finite period”
  • “Sometimes, simple faith could lead to profound peace.”
  • “There is no your God or my God.All godliness comes from the same source. Just the manifestations are  different.
  • “It’s our greed to extract more and more from God then it turns into evil.”
  • “One’s reality is but perception,viewed through various prisms of context.

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