The importance and significance of Maha Shivratri by Pushpam Appalanaidu


Maha Shivratri, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is observed this year, on March 8, 2024. Devotees undertake various rituals during this auspicious occasion, including staying awake all night, performing abhishekam (ritual bathing of the deity) and Rudrabhishekam, and chanting mantras to seek blessings and achieve spiritual awakening.

On this special day, devotees rise early, take a bath, clean their homes, and light a lamp to worship Lord Shiva.  Some visit temples, perform Jal abhishekam, and offer prasad. This day is dedicated to seeking spiritual awakening and liberation.

What is the significance of Maha Shivratri:

1. Devotion to Lord Shiva: Devotees express love, reverence, and devotion to Lord Shiva, the supreme deity for Hindu’s.

2. Marriage of Shiva and Parvati: Maha Shivratri symbolizes the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya (cosmic dance) and married Goddess Parvati, uniting divine masculine and feminine energies.

3. A Night of Vigil and Austerity: Devotees stay awake, engaging in prayers, chanting mantras, and meditating to overcome darkness (ignorance) and seek enlightenment.

4. Absolution of Sins: Sincere observance of Maha Shivratri is believed to lead to forgiveness of sins and liberation (moksha), with devotees seeking spiritual growth and inner transformation.

5. Offerings to the Shiv Lingam: Visiting Shiva temples and performing rituals like abhishekam with water, milk, honey, and other sacred substances symbolize devotion to the formless aspect of Shiva.

6. Churning of the Ocean: The legend associated with Maha Shivratri includes the churning of the cosmic ocean, where Lord Shiva consumed poison to save creation, turning his throat blue (Neelkanth).

7. Spiritual Awakening: Devotees seek blessings for inner awakening, self-realization, and detachment from material desires, using the time for introspection, mind purification, and connection with the divine.

8. Community Celebrations: Maha Shivratri is celebrated fervently across India and other countries with processions, bhajans (devotional songs), and cultural programs. People fast, wear clean clothes, and participate in temple festivities.

To conclude, Maha Shivratri is a sacred occasion to honor Lord Shiva, pursue spiritual growth, and I Pushpam Appalanaidu, perform and undertake a fast on this day.

Hi, I'm Pushpam Appalanaidu

I was born and raised in Perak, Malaysia in a large family. My formal education was in Klang Valley and Petaling Jaya. My roots are from India as my name suggests and from the coastal city of Vizag, on the banks of the famous Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. With strong connections with India, values my parents imbibed in me and strong inclination to spirituality. I was initiated by Swami Chidananda from Divine Life Society, founded by Swami Sivananda, Rishikesh.

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