Happy and Blessed Mahashivratri to everone!
May the Lord shower you all with the blessings and opportunity to connect with Shiva deeply on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
Mahashivratri is a significant and sacred festival and celebrate the Lord Shiva, also known as Rudra and Adi Guru (the first guru from whom the yogic tradition originates) which celebrates the convergence of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti (Ardhnareshwar).
Lord Shiva is easily pleased and blesses his devotees with extraordinary boons which transform their lives. So, Invoke the grace of Lord Shiva on this special night to fulfill wishes, clear Karma, and manifest abundance!
Mahashivratri is known as the night of awakening! As there is a powerful upsurge in the energies in the body due to the planetary positions on this night, which is considered the darkest night of the year, If you maintain wakefulness and awareness, it brings a sense of well-being (physical and spiritual) to your life.
On this night of Mahashivratri, it is believed that Lord Shiva performs the heavenly dance of Creation- Preservation and Destruction.
Devotees fast today, offer fruits, leaves, sweet and milk to Lord shiva and recite the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” as they pray and sit/stay upright through the night.
Did you know?
Lord Shiva has been praised as the one who bestows wealth (material as well as spiritual), grants the wishes of everyone and destroys evil from all sides.
Invoking him can protect you from negative influences and bless with overall wellbeing, prosperity, good health and wisdom.
By lighting the ghee lamp, Shiva is invoked as the harbinger of auspiciousness, health and wealth.
On this one night, you can attain the merit of a million years of meditation.
Archana (Pooja) to Shiva and Parvati at 27 Shiva Powerspots is believed to grant progress in job and business, prosperity, victory, relief from problems, Rahu Dosha (afflictions), fear of death, delay in marriage and the fulfilment of desires.
Performing Pooja to Shiva at his 4 special Powerspots (Nageswaram, Thirunageswaram, Thirupampuram and Nagoor) can bestow you with abundance, unity among couples, mental peace, family welfare, marriage and progeny blessings, relief from adverse planetary effects and illnesses, and removal of obstacles and past karma.
It is a traditional practice to sponsor ghee for lighting lamps at Lord Shiva’s Powerspots. Donating Ghee can invoke Goddess Lakshmi’s consciousness in you and help you attract material abundance. Shiva has 75 powerspots.
Lord Shiva is a lover of Abishekam. As per scriptures, performing Hydration Pooja and Archana to Shiva with 11 sacred offerings during four power times on Shivaratri night can bestow 16 kinds of blessings.
Performing Pooja at this energy vortex where Shiva manifested as 27 Lingams, one for each birth star, can help eradicate afflictions in your birth chart.
Listening to Mutrothuthal (Soulful Rendition of Tamil Hymns in Praise of Shiva by Shaivite Saints) helps to clear negative thoughts and merge with Lord Shiva’s consciousness.
Mahashivratri is celebrated on the 10th by Kashmiris, while it is celebrated on the 11th by others.
I hope you enjoyed my offering to Lord Shiva in the form of this article about Mahashivratri.
Leave me a comment below – Did you know all of these aspects or did you learn about something new from this article?
Alpana Deo says
Indian culture is so deep rooted. Every festival, occasion has a story story behind it. No matters how many times, we read or listen to these stories, it always sound fresh.
Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says
Very informative article dear. some of these facts about Maha shivratri I knew already and some were new to me. indeed this is one of great spiritual festival of india and I have many beautiful memories of celebrating this with my family in childhood.
I alwasy light a small ghee diya on festivals and it good to know the significane. That is a really insightful post infact.
I have read Amar Chitra Kathas in childhood and know the significance of Mahashivratri. But yes, your article was so interesting to read
The best piece I read on Shivratri this year, by the grace of Shiva, my health permitted me to fast this year and perform our pooja.
Sandy N Vyjay says
The power and benevolence of Lord Shiva is limitless. Shivratri is indeed a special night when one can unlock the special energies of Shiva by right meditation.
This is a very beautiful article on Lord Shiva. he is the supreme power and since childhood have been doing his pooja with my mother.
Jhilmil Bhansali says
Wow , Although we have been worshipping & celebrating this festival for so many years yet your post provided so many interesting facts & rituals to me .Thanks for this fact filled post
This was great detail about Lord Shiva which I was not aware about. My husband is an ardent worshiper of Shiva. We have also done Amatnath Yatra and it was just awesome.
Ambica Gulati says
It’s good to keep the light of faith alive. And all festivals are the perfect way to keep our hopes high. All happy occasions are good for the soul.
What a beautiful piece about Mahashivratri! So many things to be known about our mythology in depth. Faith is a form of positivity and it keeps us alive.
judy morris says
Honestly I didnt know so much about Maha Shivratri in fact when my son asked me about it I had told him something wrong regarding this feast day. I will tell him the correct reason why it is observed so piously.
Manisha Garg says
Honestly I learnt a lot from your article. We celebrate the festival however knowing the significance behind it is also of importance.