Thursday, February 19, 2009

Shivaratri 2009 is on February 23

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.
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, urine, 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.
According to Siddhas, our subtle body has nine layers which are controlled by the nine planets.
If there is a special time when we can remedy even the bad karmas that we accumulate as part of our sleep, it can only be the 'Shivaratri' or otherwise referred to as 'Night of Shiva'. It is a special night when Goddess Parvathi or Ambigai performs special poojas for Lord Shiva so as to get benefits for mankind. So by performing Shivaratri prayers, we can be part of the special Goddess prayer and lighten our karma.
Shivaratri is the auspicious time for every soul to get into the primordial consciousness of non-existence or Nirvana. One of the most holy nights in Vedic traditions is Maha Shivaratri, The Great Night of Shiva. Maha Shivaratri occurs once yearly on the eve of the New Moon when the Sun enters the sign of Aquarius. This year Maha Shivaratri occurs on Feb 23.
In addition to the Maha Shivaratri, Monthly Shivaratri gives you one opportunity a month to get the grace of the mighty Lord Shiva so as to cure your subtle bodies holistically, thereby improving your wellbeing. This would ensure you drop off all negative vibrations which prevent you from attracting money, great relationship etc.

1 comment:

avagdro said...

Thank you for sharing.Wish you n all people around the world a joyful MahaShivaratri.

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