THE GREAT NIGHT OF LORD SHIVA
The exuberant festival of Maha Shivratri, the great night of Lord Shiva, celebrated with unusual pomp and splendor in the late winter, usually mid-February, before the arrival of spring is just around the corner. Hindus all over the world prepare to celebrate this holy night for yet another year. Maha Shivaratri, also considered as the most powerful and spiritual festival in the Hindu calendar, has many legends surrounding its origin.
On this night it is believed that Shiva was awakened from his meditation and performed the dance of creation, preservation, and destruction. For householders, Shivaratri commemorates the day when Shiva and Parvati were married. Another lore of this day, is that a hunter in the forest climbed up a tree, and to stay awake in the night he plucked leaves off the tree and dropped them on the ground. The next day he saw that a Shivalinga was underneath, and it was covered in Bilva leaves. Shiva appeared and gave him Moksha (liberation). For those who are serious in their Sadhana (daily practice) and are looking to move their Kundalini energy, the night of Maha Shivaratri is of great significance. It is said that the Kundalini Shakti is free to move up and down the human system with much ease, and whatever steps you take will be successful and yield great results.
Here are some simple steps that you can do for Maha Shivaratri to help you move your energy, on Maha Shivaratri.
- Mantra Jaapa of Aum Namah Shivaya
The most common method of celebrating the night long festivities is Puja. People do Rudra Abhishekam (Bathing the linga with sanskrit chants of sri rudram) with various substances like milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sugar, various fruit juices and ganga jal. Bilva leaves are offered to lord shiva, along with flowers, sandalwood and sacred ash. Devotees sing bhajans about lord Shiva.
Whatever you do to help move the energy throughout the body whether it may be devotion, yoga, meditation or puja, we have everything you need for that night. Come visit our puja store in Brampton at 31 Melanie Drive, Unit 5.
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