The Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Magh month, as per the Hindu lunar calendar. Maha Shivaratri literally means ‘the night (ratri) of the Supreme God principle (Shiva)’.
Lord Shiva is considered as the soul of everything. The lord represents truth, peace, beauty, and infinity, the essence of our soul as well. Hence, it is said that when we worship Lord Shiva, we recognize dwell in these higher qualities within ourselves – a connection with oneself.
Mahashivratri is a day of Lord Shiva – a day we connect with the lord and thus ourselves. Worshipping Lord Shiva this day bestows one with happiness and prosperity. Some believe that on this day Lord Shiva performed the Tandava – the creation, preservation and destruction dance. However, the most popular belief is that the Mahashivratri night marks the wedding day of God Shiva and goddess Parvati. Hence, both couples and singles pray for a happy married life on this day.
WHAT TO DO ON MAHASHIVRATRI
- Fast – To detoxify the body, thus helping the mind and body calm down and aid in meditation.
- Meditate – There is a certain natural energy that is flowing during the night of Mahashivratri. This energy is very powerful and beneficial to us.
- Chant Prayers – Chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, it is the perfect mantra to chant on Mahashivratri as it immediately elevates your energy.
- Worship the Shivling – Offer your prayers to Lord Shiva by worshipping the Narmadeshwar Shivling. The Narmadeshwar Shivling is said to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva himself.
THE NARMADESHWAR SHIVLING
One of the most powerful symbols of spirituality, the Narmadeshwar Shivling is found in the banks of river Narmada and is also known as Banalinga. The Narmadeshwar Shivling is considered to be the ‘form of the formless’. They have been mentioned in the Vedas as well and are believed to illustrate the duality of harmony and power. In the new age, the Narmadeshwar Shivling is called ‘cosmic egg’ due to its divine vibrations. One of the most distinctive features of the Narmadeshwar Shivling is its upright egg shape which represents Lord Shiva’s pure consciousness.
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~ HAR HAR MAHADEV ~