MAHA SHIVRATRI IS ON 27TH FEBRUARY 2014
Amongst the Trinity (Lord Barhma – responsible for creation, Lord Vishnu – responsible for preserving and then evolution), Lord Shiva is the most powerful and is responsible for dissolving / destruction in order to recreate. In this way, He has the power of destroyer and the creator. He is simplistic but is a bit difficult to understand. He is the embodiment of huge Shakti (Power).
Maha Shivratri is being celebrated on 27th February 2014 on Krishna Paksha (moonless night); with great enthusiasm and gaiety. Chanting of Aum Nimon Shivayaya and Maha Mantra Mahamritunaya Mantra are chanted / recited with utmost devotion and piety on this day. Lord Shiva is worshipped with Bel Patra, betel leaves, berries, ak datura and assorted other simple leaves. Those who worship Lord Shiva with oneness of purpose and with utmost devotion are blessed with all the bounties and ultimately Liberation (Moksha) – for those who pray with pure body, mind and heart. Bholenath is pleased with simple prayer.
There are a long queues in all the Shiva temples in all the small and big temples everywhere. All the devotees offer their prayers with simple offerings which pleases Him the most.
Legend has it that on this auspicious day of Maha Shivratri at midnight Lord Shiva revealed his Lingum Form and perform Rudra Abhshekham at midnight of this day. Linga symbolizes the energies required for life on microcosmic and macrocosmic levels – the world we live and the universe around. On this night Lord Shiva and Maan Parvati got married and thus became Sagun Brahman with the power of Maan Parvati. Legend also it that Lord Shiva drank a pot full of poison that came out during churning of ocean. He thus saved the humanity from being decimated with poison. Due to this the throat of Lord Shiva’s throat turned Neela (Blue) and that is why He also is called ‘Neelkantha’.
- Lord Shiva is called variously like:-
- Bhole Nath
To name a few.
The Godhead amongst the Trinity,
Lord Brahma – the Creator,
Remains absorbed in His domain of Creation,
Lord Vishnu – the Preserver,
Keeps His Lotus hand on preservation.
The Lord of all Lords,
The most powerful & benevolent of all,
Enjoys special place in His realm,
Of death and destruction,
Dissolving in the process of fresh creation,
Since death is a means for rebirth.
Known variously by 1000 names like;
Mahadeva, Maheshwara, Ardnarishwara,
Nine Avtaras, Natraja et al.
During churning of ocean by Gods & demons accompanying,
He drank whole pot of poison which came out from churning,
To save the living beings from poisonous effect,
And kept it in his throat (kantha),
And thus is called Neelkantha,
Known for providing soothing balm to troubled souls.
The Lord is too found in Phallic Symbol of Linga.
He is the Centrifugal Force of the Universe,
And is mix of the most simplest & complex amongst all deities.
Pile of curly hair, crescent tucked into it,
The Mighty Ganges flowing out from His piled hair.
With trident representing true virtues,
Coiled serpent signifying Kundalini,
The spiritual energy within,
Two sided drum (Damroo) drumming rhythmically,
The hum of AUM – the core & initiation of all Mantras.
Simplest in His appearance,
But complex in understanding,
With ash smeared all over the body,
Wearing Ruthraksha beads round his neck and arms,
Immersed in His Yogic mystic meditation.
He is the Lord who could be appeased very easily,
And bestows boons to sages and demons alike whenever invoked,
With love and piety,
The Omniscient Yogi’s abode is Mount Kailasha,
Where He dwells with our Divine Mother Parvati,
And sons Ganesha & Kartikeya – the Greatest in their own right,
Lord Ganesha for His troube shooting,
And Lord Kartikeya for demon conquering,
His Cosmic Dance is second to none,
By this Cosmic Dance all the Gods & Demi-Gods get enthralled.
When immensely provoked by inhuman acts,
Opens His Third Eye,
And annihilates the evil doers / the ferocious demons.
MAHA SHIVRATRI is the day of prayer,
When we all pray the BHOLE SHANKAR,
AUM NAMAON SHIVAYE,
May His Blessings remain on us all forever,
And may He fulfil all right desires of every being.