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MAHA SHIVRATRI IS ON 27TH FEBRUARY 2014

26 Feb

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:-

 

  • Neelkanth
  • Mahadeva,
  • Mahayogi,
  • Pashupatinath,
  • Nataraja,
  • Bhairava,
  • Vishwanath,
  • Bhava,
  • Bhole Nath

To name a few.

LORD SHIVA

 

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.

 

HARBANS KHAJURIA

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Inner Thoughts

 

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7 responses to “MAHA SHIVRATRI IS ON 27TH FEBRUARY 2014

  1. Harbans

    February 26, 2014 at 7:33 am

    May the grace of Shiva remain guiding us for brotherhood amongst fellowbeings the world over. Amen

     
    • Harbans

      February 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

      Today being the most auspicious day, fasting is done by the devout, the purpose of this fasting is to keep oneself pure by body, mind and soul and imbibe those ideas which do not run counter to anybody.

      GOD HELP US SO THAT WE CAN HELP OTHERS.

       
  2. Carl D'Agostino

    March 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    In Western religion death destruction comes of evil. But here seen as part of rebirth process. Is that correct ? Wish death/destruction would not be so necessarily horrifying. A mild evaporation would seem more palatable.

     
    • Harbans

      March 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      The one who is born here on this earth has to die one day after this earth sojourn is over. All the individuals do their karma (actions) according to their capabilities and also according to the situations in which they are transacting their jobs. On death soul leaves the inert body and there is the rebirth on the basis of the karma credit or lack of it – the record of which is assiduously maintained by All Knowing Being. Here death and destruction is not a negative aspect but for maintaining continuity of birth-death-birth. It can well be said that this life of ours is merely a coma – death or destruction of the body hardly means the death of soul (spirit) the Super Spirit control it. We can call this SUPER SPIRIT by any name LORD/BHAGWAN/AKALPURAKH/KRISHNA/SHIVA or any other name you want to give. But fact remains; there is a SUPER SPIRIT controlling the deaths/destruction/creation/evolution etc.

      Hence death does not mean end of the road; it is in fact new beginning – may be better than the previous ones.

      Thanks and regards

       
  3. namitasunder

    March 14, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for directing me to your meaningful blog. I really enjoy reading themes like culture,spirituality,our temples,travels and anything with deep feelings and meaning. That is unique feature of Hindu religion— death too is accepted with calmness and serenity. Death is not an end but it leads us to another realm,it heralds a new journey. This faith,this belief makes us bear the loss with equanimity.

     
    • Harbans

      March 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks a lot for gracing my blogs.

      It is a fact that our cultural traditions are very rich. But there are some impediments while pursuing the long winded and complex Sanskrit Mantras. I am of the opinion many of our people are unable to get the correct glimpse of our cultural mores since very few people are expert in disseminating the correct information. And to chant the mantras without knowing the exact meaning of the same neither does any use to the person concerned nor helps him/her in spiritual awakening for connectivity with our Creator. I am of the opinion that simple prayers based on sincere prayers merely even on AUM chant will make huge difference to our ‘self realisation’. By so doing we can attain equanimity in the long run.

      Thanks and regards

       
    • Harbans

      March 15, 2014 at 3:46 am

      Thanks and regards

       
 
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