This is the festival of three-eyed gods that is remembered for. The Shiva is the greatest forms and systems to continues the world destruction and development. This festival is celebrated by taking fast. Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva. Devotees keep faith in himself and faith in God Shiva too for fulfilling the desire. Early in the morning, they take bath in the winter season and travels with naked legs to the temple carrying the lota or glasses of water to bath Shivlingam, the identification of Shiva. After that, they breakfast and serve some fruits to kill hunger.
Then they starting entertaining and visit fair and do shopping etc. The absolute formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of “Lingodbhav Moorti” exactly at midnight on Maha Shivratri and watched the moments and pooja, it is believed so. That is why all Shiva devotees keep vigil during the night of Shivratri and do “Shivlingam abhishekham” (coronation of the phallic idol ) at midnight. The greetings of blessings keep continues over the god Shiva and the desire is also recording in the accounts of Shiva. To keep their devotees happy, god Shiva does all the activities that make their devotee happy. As in the month of winter, most people feel cold but also don’t miss to celebrate mahashivratri. it’s really the great things.
Significances of mahashivratri
This festival is also known as the festival of Rishis and Sants. As we used to see that the Sants are smoking the ganja reminding the Prasad of God Shiva. As this festival takes place, there occurs happiness on their face, the different service was provided by the govt. in Nepal and India like as the free-living and shelter, money at the end and many food grains even gifted by the devotees. Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded a lot of significance in Hindu mythology.
It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha. This way there is now the publicity of god Shiva is going on by’’ shiva charcha ‘’. People join the hands and stand in the one row raising one voice of praising the god Shiva. As the Mahadev is the boss of all the dev of the heaven. He does the things and leads the world according to their wish. Mahadev is somewhat angry in nature so he fulfills the devotees desire very fast in comparison to other God.
It is also believed that on Shivratri day, Lord Shiva became ‘Neelkantham’ or the blue-throated by swallowing the deadly poison that came up during the churning of “Kshir Sagar” or the milky ocean. The poison was so deadly that even a drop in His stomach, which represents the universe, would have annihilated the entire world. Hence, He held it in His neck, which turned blue due to the effect of poison. Shivratri is therefore also a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from annihilation. This is also another fact about god Shiva which taught us to celebrate Shivratri. The god Shiva is called by 108 different names.
People worship and make the sayings of ‘’om Namah Shivaya’’. For making happy shiva. It is believed that by taking this names, there forms the connection between devotees and god Shiva which helps devotees the desire to fulfilled. According to Hindu mythology ‘’om ‘’ represents all the god and so it’s the starting of taking any god names. So makes your all sins away by taking the name of god Shiva like ‘’om name shivay ‘’ 108 times on the auspicious occasion of mahashivratri.
The great festival of Hindu which is celebrated during the day and celebration in the night, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night with the presence of lights and decoration of lights. The celebration includes maintaining a “jaagaran”, an all-night vigil and prayers because of Hindus mark this night as “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in one’s life and the world through Shiva. Offerings of fruits, leaves, sweets, and milk to Shiva are made, some perform all-day fasting with the Vedic or Tantrik worship of Shiva, and some perform meditative Yoga. In Shiva temples, “Om Namah Shivaya”, the sacred mantra of Shiva, is chanted through the day. On Mahashivaratri, married women pray for the well being of their husbands, unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva, considered as the ideal husband. Shiva is also worshiped as the Adi Guru (first teacher) from whom the yogic tradition originates.
This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown. But it has the meaning connection to god Shiva, makes the network of devotees of Shiva. It is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness and the discovery of Shiva.
The ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams. Jyotirlingam is kept very safely and with protection. People awake full night and give the duty like the security guard. It’s the dedication and great love that is shown by the devotees. People also get the chances of sharing their internal feelings and desire to the devotees and person.
It’s another significance can be also shown for sharing the wishes and sharing of wishes. The person waits for an occasion for doing something special and great. And I think it’s the greater reasons to celebrate this mahashivratri. So there is too much description and history of the god Shiva and mahashivratri.
Places where it is celebrated most
This is not only the festival of Hindu only and celebration of Hindu only, this festival makes the partners of all the social and religions of people. The 14th shloka of Shiv Mahima Stotra says: “O three eyed Lord, when the poison came up through the churning of the ocean by the gods and demons, they were all aghast with fear as if the untimely end of all creation was imminent. In your kindness, you drank all the poison that still makes your throat blue. O Lord, even this blue mark does but increase your glory. What is apparently a blemish becomes an ornament in one intent on ridding the fear world.”
Mahashivratri has the great meaning and historical mystery association related to Shiva. Shiva has once cut the head of their own son while the Lord Ganesha was giving the guard of a mother by standing in front of a door. Shiva came and try to enter but Ganesha doesn’t allow in any case. After that god, Shiva becomes angry and cuts the head of Ganesh. Later on, Parvati came and cried to Shiva. Then Shiva knows that he is my child and says Parvati to bring anyone head in them, that you got first. God Shiva again makes the Ganesha life by adding the elephant head. This is also the one story related to Shiva which describes the power of Shiva. Let’s discuss where it is celebrated most :
1. MahaShivaratri is celebrated widely in the temples all over Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
2. Tilwara Ghat in the city of Jabalpur and the Math Temple in the village of Jeonara, Seoni are two other places where the festival is celebrated with much religious fervor.
3. Mandi, located on the banks of Beas, is popularly known as the “Cathedral of Temples” and one of the oldest towns of Himachal Pradesh, with about 81 temples of different Gods and Goddesses on its periphery.
This festival has also the devotee out of India and Nepal.
4. Thousands of Hindus spend the auspicious night in over four hundred temples across the country, offering special jhalls (an offering of milk and curd, flowers, sugarcane, and sweets) to Lord Shiva in Indo-Caribbean communities.
5. In Mauritius, Hindus go on pilgrimage to Ganga Talao, a crater-lake.
6. The Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain is one of the most venerated shrines consecrated to Shiva where a large congregation of devotees gathers to offer prayers on the day of Mahashivaratri.
7. Same in Cambodia, many Hindu celebrates this festival by organizing the programs and celebrates in a crowdy way. Lots of devotees offered different types of sweets and flowers to god shiva. In many temples of Cambodia gets a crowd in the day of mahashivratri.
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