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About Mahashivaratri

Mahashivratri Celebration
Shiva



Mahashivaratri, Siva's great night, venerates Parashiva. Devotees of Siva consider it the most holy night of the year.

Mahashivaratri is the night before the new-moon day in February-March. We observe it both as a discipline and a festivity, keeping a strict fast and all-night vigil, meditating, intoning Siva's 1,008 names, singing His praise, chanting Shri Rudram, bathing the Sivalinga and being near the vairagis as they strive to realize Parashiva. The Vedas proclaim, "The Lord, God, all-pervading and omnipresent, dwells in the heart of all beings. Full of grace, He ultimately gives liberation to all creatures by turning their faces toward Himself." Aum Namah Sivaya.

All Hindus consider it most important to live near a temple, and we build one wherever we find ourselves in the world. This is a most meritorious act, earning blessings in this life and the next. Religious life centers around the temple. It is here in God's home that we nurture our relationship with the Divine. Not wanting to stay away too long, we visit the temple at least weekly, and we strive to attend each major festival, when the shakti of the Deity is most powerful. Devout Siva bhaktas attend daily puja in the temple. All Siva bhaktas visit the temple on Siva's most sacred day of the year, Mahashivaratri. Being the homes of the Gods and God, temples are approached with great reverence and humility. Draw near the temple as you would approach a king, a governor, a president of a great realm, anticipating with a little trepidation your audience with him. The Vedas say, "May the Lord find pleasure in our song of praise! Priest among men, may he offer due homage to the heavenly beings! Great, O Lord, is your renown." Aum Namah Sivaya.

This special sacred night, Mahasivaratri, will soon be here. Make it the most important spiritual event of your life. Remembering your goal, which is God Realization, the purpose of human birth, draw close to God Siva. Climb to the top of Mount Kailas within yourself, experience the presence of God Siva within as your very Self, permeating the entire universe. Prepare yourself for this great night by performing your sadhanas to perfection. Never forget the power of one life lived in perfection. You are a microcosm within yourself. Clean your home, make your heart a pure fountain of love, strive for harmony in your joint and extended family, with the families of all devotees and everyone you know. Fill the mind with thoughts of Siva. Begin now, clearing the mind, climbing daily within toward the summit of God-Realization.

Our most sacred night of the year is approaching, and we all want this to be the best, most wonderful and profound festival ever. We can make it that, or we can make it an ordinary night. It is within our power to do either, but we can't do both. So let's make it a time of being as close to God Siva as we possibly can. Isn't that our purpose for coming to this planet? You can make your mind a perfect place, full of thoughts of God within, so full that other thoughts seem insignificant by comparison.

On Sivaratri night, chant silently Siva's perfect mantra, Aum Namasivaya. We want to enjoy ourselves on Sivaratri night. Spiritual life is joyous life. The more joyous we are, the closer we are to the Source of joy and bliss. So, be happy on Sivaratri. Sing with a full heart. See God in everyone and in everything. Forget all the problems life brings. Forget all of the pains of the past and the not- yet-remembered future. Of course, we will be fasting, and that will help us feel the bliss of our Self as it permeates the world around us. And we will all be thinking of Siva, only of Siva. If your mind wanders, bring it back to Siva's feet. Let Siva's presence fill you completely during the night.

Aum Namasivaya!









The 108 Names of Lord Shiva

OM SIVAYA NAMAHA


OM MAHESVARAYA NAMAHA


OM SAMBHAVE NAMAHA


OM PINAKINE NAMAHA


OM SASISEKHARAYA NAMAHA


OM VAMADEVAYA NAMAHA


OM VIRUPAKSAYA NAMAHA


OM KAPARDINE NAMAHA


OM NILALOHITAYA NAMAHA


OM SANKARAYA NAMAHA


OM SULAPANAYE NAMAHA


OM KHATVANGINE NAMAHA


OM VISNUBALLABHAYA NAMAHA


OM SIPIVISTAYA NAMAHA


OM AMBIKANANTHAYA NAMAHA


OM SRIKANTHAYA NAMAHA


OM BHAKTAVATSALAYA NAMAHA


OM BHAVAYA NAMAHA


OM SARVAYA NAMAHA


OM TRILOKESAYA NAMAHA


OM SIVAPRIYAYA NAMAHA


OM SIVAPRIYAYA NAMAHA


OM UGRAYA NAMAHA


OM KAPALINE NAMAHA


OM KAMARAYE NAMAHA


OM ANDHAKASURASUDANAYA NAMAHA


OM GANGADHARAYA NAMAHA


OM LALATAKSAYA NAMAHA


OM KALAKALAYA NAMAHA


OM KRPANIDHAYE NAMAHA


OM BHIMAYA NAMAHA


OM PARASUHASTAYA NAMAHA


OM MRGAPANAYE NAMAHA


OM JATADHARAYA NAMAHA


OM KAILASAVASINE NAMAHA


OM KAVACINE NAMAHA


OM KATHORAYA NAMAHA


OM TRIPURANTAKAYA NAMAHA


OM VRSANKAYA NAMAHA


OM VRSABHARUDHAYA NAMAHA


OM BHASMODDHULITAVIGRAHAYA NAMAHA


OM SAMAPRIYAYA NAMAHA


OM SVARAMAYAYA NAMAHA


OM TRAYIMURTAYE NAMAHA


OM ANISVARAYA NAMAHA


OM SARVAJNAYA NAMAHA


OM PARAMATMANE NAMAHA


OM SOMASURYAGNILOCANAYA NAMAHA


OM HAVISE NAMAHA


OM YAJNAMAYAYA NAMAHA


OM SOMAYA NAMAHA


OM PANCAVAKTRAYA NAMAHA


OM SADASIVAYA NAMAHA


OM VISVESVARAYA NAMAHA


OM VIRABHADRAYA NAMAHA


OM GANANATHAYA NAMAHA


OM PRAJAPATAYE NAMAHA


OM HIRANYARETASE NAMAHA


OM DURDHARSAYA NAMAHA


OM GIRISAYA NAMAHA


OM GIRISAYA NAMAHA


OM ANAGHAYA NAMAHA


OM BUJANGABHUSANAYA NAMAHA


OM BHARGAYA NAMAHA


OM GIRIDHANVANE NAMAHA


OM GIRIPRIYAYA NAMAHA


OM KRTTIVASASE NAMAHA


OM PURARATAYE NAMAHA


OM BHAGAVATE NAMAHA


OM PRANATHADHIPAYA NAMAHA


OM MRTYUNJAYAYA NAMAHA


OM SUKSMATANAVE NAMAHA


OM JAGADVYAPINE NAMAHA


OM JAGADGURAVE NAMAHA


OM VYOMAKESAYA NAMAHA


OM MAHASENAJANAKAYA NAMAHA


OM CARUVIKRAMAYA NAMAHA


OM RUDRAYA NAMAHA


OM BHUTAPATAYE NAMAHA


OM STHANAVE NAMAHA


OM AHIRBUDHNYAYA NAMAHA


OM DIGAMABARAYA NAMAHA


OM ASTAMURTAYE NAMAHA


OM ANEKATMANE NAMAHA


OM SATVIAKAYA NAMAHA


OM SUDDHAVIGRAHAYA NAMAHA


OM SASVATAYA NAMAHA


OM KHANDAPARASAVE NAMAHA


OM AJAYA NAMAHA


OM PAPAVIMOCAKAYA NAMAHA


OM MRDAYA NAMAHA


OM PASUPATAYE NAMAHA


OM DEVAYA NAMAHA


OM MAHADEVAYA NAMAHA


OM AVYAYAYA NAMAHA


OM HARAYE NAMAHA


OM PUSADANTABHIDE NAMAHA


OM AVYAGRAYA NAMAHA


OM DAKSADHVARAHARAYA NAMAHA


OM HARAYA NAMAHA


OM BHAGANETRABHIDE NAMAHA


OM AVYAKTAYA NAMAHA


OM SAHASRAKSAYA NAMAHA


OM SAHASRAPADE NAMAHA


OM APAVARGAPRADAYA NAMAHA


OM ANANTAYA NAMAHA


OM TARAKAYA NAMAHA


OM PARAMESVARAYA NAMAHA




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