Mahashivratri in 2023: Importance, Rituals, and The Gemstones of Shivalineology_admin
A blessed and significant celebration marking the union of Shiva and Parvati. Maha Shivaratri 2023, is celebrated just once a year in the month of Magha, also known as Masik Shivratri.
Significance of Mahashivratri:
In Hindu culture, the Maha Shivratri celebration has unique significance. It has a strong connection to creation and fertility. On this day, it is thought that those who worship Shiva and the goddess Parvati would be free from marital issues.
Unmarried women observe this fast during the festival in the hopes of meeting someone, whereas married women do so in order to express gratitude and keep their marriages harmonious.
When you delve deeply into anything, its significance increases as well. Mahashivratri is also seen to be auspicious if you want to atone for your sins from this life and past lives. The opportunity to let go of one’s limitations and experience the unboundedness of the source of creation.
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Lord Shiva devotees mark the Shivaratri Festival by sincerely and devoutly performing the rites. Devotees fast throughout the day and only break their fast the next morning, following the night of worship. On the day of Mahashivratri, it is customary for devotees to rise early and take a sacred bath at daybreak, preferably in the Ganges River.
As a result, on Shivratri, devotees who follow fast are known to stay up all night long and offer Shiva Puja at midnight. The next morning, after taking a bath, the fast is broken by eating Prasad.
Another noteworthy aspect of Shivratri customs and traditions is the ritual bathing of Shivalinga by Shiva worshippers, mostly women, in the numerous Shiva temple. On the auspicious day of Shivaratri, devotees deeply believe that ritual worship of Lord Shiva cleanses them of past misdeeds and grants them Moksha.
Mahashivratri Puja and Traditions :
Shivratri is celebrated twice. The difference between Shivratri and Mahashivratri is that both are separate festivals that occur on distinct days and months. Many people are still unaware of the distinctions between them.
Every lunar month, on the 14th day, India celebrates Shivaratri, the darkest night of the month and the eve of the new moon. Maha Shivaratri, occurs between February and March each year and is one of the 12 Shivaratri, with the greatest spiritual power and significance.
Shivratri Puja :
Wooden planks are used to construct a three-tiered podium (raised platform) during the Shivratri ceremony. The top plank represents, heaven (Swarga), middle plank represents space, (Antariksh), and bottom plank, earth ( Bhuloka) each symbolise a different aspect of the cosmos.
Eleven Kalash are placed on the Swarga plank, the top plank, representing Lord Shiva’s 11 avatars. A coconut is then placed on the Kalash, which symbolises Lord Shiva’s head, and the Kalash is then embellished with bel leaves. The devotees offer Shiva puja four times throughout the course of the entire night.
Following are the offerings that should be presented to Lord Shiva during the four quarters of the night:
|Time||Offerings to be made|
|1st Quatre||Til (sesame seeds), Jav. Lotus|
|2nd Quatre||Vijora fruit, lemon, kheer|
|3rd Quatre||Til, wheat, Pomegranate, Malpua, Kapur|
|4th Quatre||Udadh dhal (white lentils), Jav, Moong, Shankhpushpi leaves, Belva-patra and Pakoras.|
Mahashivratri Mantra :
- Shiva Moola Mantra :
- “Om Namah Shivaya॥”
- “Shiva Dhun, Shivo Bhokta, Shiva Bhojya || Shivo Karta, Shivah Karma, Shivah Karanatmakah”
2. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
“Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat॥”
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ||
Mahashivratri is a very powerful occasion, and it is thought that on this day, powerful energy is transmitted. Shiva has long been linked to precious stones. Know the relationship between Lord Shiva and his gemstones.
- Shiva, The Neelkant (Blue Sapphire)
- Shiva- Gangeshwara – The WhiteTopaz
- Shiva – The Tandavadhari – The Emerald
- Shiva- The Vasukitanaya – Rahu-Ketu (Hessonite- Cat’s eye)
- Shiva- Chandrashekara – The pearl
These gemstones are known to be very powerful stone as it has a very close connection to Lord Shiva.
LineologyGlobal wishes you all the blessings of Shiva Shankar on this auspicious day. We pray that his dazzlingly divine and merciful qualities serve as a reminder of our own potential and inspire us to aspire to achieve greatness.
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