Maha Shivratri: The Most Propitious Occasion

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Maha Shivratri: The Most Propitious Occasion

Maha Shivratri, the most celebrated festival among Hindus across the world for the glory and charm it disseminates. It is one of the most prominent and significant festivals that is celebrated with uttermost fun and floridity devoting to “The Great Lord Shiva”. It is said that on this day, it is the darkest night of the year to celebrate Grace of Shiva, who is also named the Adi Guru or the First Guru, the originator of yogic traditions. On this auspicious day, there is an omnipotent natural upsurge of energy in the human system due to the planetary positions, thus, it is the most desired day for the followers of Shiva, the lord of lords.

Why do we celebrate Maha Shivratri?

We get too forgetful when it comes to acknowledging our source of energy that is running within us and Maha Shivratri is one such day that awakens the basis of our existence.

There are umpteen stories that surround this occasion. Here are a few enlightening stories-

  • The sacred unification of Lord Shiva and Parvati took place as they got married on this day. Parvati was a divine consort and the marriage of Shiva and Parvati is celebrated as Maha Shivratri- The Night of Lord Shiva.

  • Another legend is that when gods and devils stirred the ocean together to obtain ambrosia that was there in its depths, but to their surprise, a pot of poison emerged which could have brought this mankind to ruin. To save both gods and mankind, Lord Shiva consumed this poison that wedged in lord’s throat, turning him blue. Hence, the saviour of the world is honoured on this                    day.

  • Last but not the least, when Goddess Ganga emerged from heaven in full strength, Lord Shiva hurriedly caught her in his matted locks and released her on to the Earth tardily as several streams which prevented the earth from being in ruins. To pay tribute to
    his greatness, the Shivalinga is bathed with milk on this sacred night.

Above are some of the stories that possibly answer why we celebrate Maha Shivratri. But, how do we celebrate Shivratri and what exactly do we do on this special day?

There are multiple ways to honour and celebrate Lord Shiva and celebrate his existence with full zest. Below are a few activities you could participate in and dedicate yourself to Shiva and his glory-

1) Recite ‘Om Namah Shivaya’- The mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is an energy booster in itself as it immediately makes you feel connected with the supreme lord and elevates your mood.

‘Om’ refers to the sound of the universe which is chanted with intonation. It means peace and love.

The five words, ‘Na’, ‘Ma’, ‘Shi’, ‘Va’, ‘Ya’ bespeak the five elements- earth, water, fire, air and ether. These are the substances composing all heavenly bodies. When there are peace, love and harmony in all these elements, there is bliss and joy.

Fasting- As they say, fasting detoxifies the body and lessens the fidgetiness of the mind and the mind that is fidgety tends to meditate easily. Therefore, fasting on this day detoxifies the body as well as aid meditation. It is usually recommended to eat fruits or a kind of food that is easily digestible and not unhealthy.

Meditation- The position of the stars on the night of Maha Shivratri is believed to be very auspicious for meditation, hence, it is advised to stay wide awake and meditate on Shivratri.

Maha Shivratri Puja-
Every year, the special ceremony of performing Puja to honour Shiva for his divine glory takes place at a very humongous level where people coming from different parts of the nation and elsewhere relish the moment and get indulged wholly.

The Puja creates a positive and pure environment and also transforms negative vibes. The Puja gets too vibrational when the chants are recited which helps the mind go into meditation smoothly.

There is some mysterious energy that is driving all of us to a zone where we find our peace like nowhere else. Noone in this entire world has been able to define or give a name to this unbeknownst energy but Saints of Yore have given the name Shiva to this energy. This very energy is believed to make every living being feel alive and kicking. Shiva drives existence, he drives something that can never be expressed in words.