Sunday, February 19, 2017

Shivratri; Hindu festival associated with Lord Shiva




Image credit: By carrotmadman6 CC-BY via flickr
It is said that worshipping Lord Shiva on the day of Shivratri would empower you with Shakti in all respects. In some parts of Asia and others, Hindus call this festival as Maha Shivratri. The festival is celebrated to gratify the revered Lord Shiva by doing all day fasting, chanting Mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and by doing vigil all night. It is believed that pleasing Lord Shiva may bring boons to do Yoga and meditation as per scriptural traditions and may result in leading a happy life both physically and mentally.
In Nepal Pashupatinath temple, Shivratri is celebrated with great fervor and Hindus from all parts of the world reach the temple. There are several legends surrounding the belief with which we celebrate Shivratri, meaning the convergence of Shiva and Shakti (power).
Herein Mumbai, I go to the nearby temple where Shivling is worshipped. Devotees form a line holding milk pot for doing Abhishek (bathing the Linga) and Vilva leaves.  The priest accepts our oblations and after doing Poojas, distribute them to the devotees.
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