Spend your day with us: Maha Shivratri

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Maha Shivratri

 

Spend your day with us: Maha Shivratri–  Maha Shivaratri  means the “The Great Night of Shiva”, it is a Hindu festival celebrated across the country every year in honour of the god Shiva before the arrival of spring.

It is a major and popular festival of Hindus. It is observed by remembering Lord Shiva, chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga and meditating. The devotees keep awake all night which is called jagaran in Hindi and offer prayers all night and during the day. They offer fruits, leaves, sweets and milk to Lord Shiva and also perform Yoga. People keep chanting mantras “Om Namah Shivaye” in the Shiva temple throughout the day.

Shivratri is marked every lunar month. The main festival is called Maha Shivaratri which is celebrated on 13th night and 14th day of the month Phalguna. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls either in February or March. This year it is falling on 13th of March, 2018.

 

How you should spend your day on Maha Shivratri

 

Holy Bath: Devotees start their day by waking up early in the morning and taking a holy bath, preferably in river Ganga. Then, they wear fresh new clothes and observes a full day fast.

holy bath

 

Visiting temple: Thereafter, the devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and give the lord Shiva Lingum a ritual bath with milk, water and honey. In the temples, the worship of Lord Shiva continues through the day and night. Priest keep performing ritual bath to the Lingam either by himself or asking every new devotee coming to the temple.

shiva temple

 

Jagaran at Night: In the night, jagaran is observed in Shiva Temples where large number of devotees gather and enjoy singing bhajans in the honour of Lord Shiva all night long. You can also observe jaagran at your house with your family and relatives.

jagaran

 

Opening Fast: It is the next morning that devotees open their fasts by partaking the Prasad prepared by the Priest for the occasion.

prasad

 

In the end of this blog, I would like to share various prayers/mantras you can recite during the day in the honour of Lord Shiva:

 

  1. “Om Sarva Mangal Manglaye Shivay Sarvaarth Sadhike
    Sharanye Trayambake Gauri Narayaani Namostu Te”

 

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

  2. “Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe
    Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
    Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
    Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat”

  3. “Naagendra haaraaya thriloochanaaya bhasmaangadhaaraaya maheshwaraaya

    Nityaaya shudhdhaaya digambaraaya tasmai nakaaraaya namahshivaaya”

  4. “Shivo Bhokta, Shiva Bhojya

    Shivo Karta, Shivah Karma

    Shivah Karanatmakah”

 

 

Spend your day with us: Maha Shivratri

 

 

 

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