Tuesday, 4 February 2014

MahaShivratri - a Celebration of Lord Shiva

Significance of  Mahashivratri: 

Mahashivratri is a festival observed to please Lord shiva.  Numerous interesting and intriguing mythological stories are believed pertaining to the celebration to Mahashivratri. In a version, devotees believe that Shivratri is auspicious because it marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. However, many believe that Mahashivratri signifies the auspicious night when Lord Shiva performed the dance 'Tandava' that led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe.
Mahashivratri is observed on 14th day of Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month. This is a new moon day. According to English colander, this days falls sometime in February or March.

Shivratri Pooja:  

On the day of Mahashivratri, people pray to lord Shiva. Devotees of Lord Shiva observe fast and visit temple to offer milk , honey, water and bilwa leaves to the ShivLinga. 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. They chant "Om Namah Shivay”  mantra that is said free people from all their sins.

MahaShivratri for Women:
Shivratri Fast has a special significance for Women, both married and unmarried. Married women observe fast and pray for marital bliss. Unmarried women observe fast to get a husband like Lord Shiva.
This year, Mahashivratri falls on 28th February, 2014.

Lord Shiva’s Mahartityunjay mantra: 

This mantra is from the Vedas. It is written in the Yajur Veda (3-60) to worship Lord Shiva. The mantra is also called Tryambakam Mantra or Mrita-Sanjivini mantra or Rudra Mantra. 

This mantra is believed to have the power to remove all sufferings, diseases and bestow the one who chants it with good health and long life. It is also believed that constant contemplation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help spiritual aspirants to overcome the cycle of birth and death.
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can be chanted by anybody. The most important aspect is to understand the meaning of this mantra word by word before chanting it. That’s because by knowing the meaning, the aspirant can easily contemplate on the aspect of birth and death cycle.

The Mantra:

Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pusti vardhanam

Urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor mukshiya mamritat


We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Lord Shiva. You are the fragrance of life itself, the One who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive.  In due time, just like the stem of a cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, O lord, free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.



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