Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Significance of Maha Shivaratri

Today is Maha Shivaratri, one of the biggest Hindu festivals honoring Lord Shiva. The significance of Maha Shivaratri among the Hindu community is clearly seen, as the event is held with a lot of love and enthusiasm. Shivratri is a national holiday in Nepal that represents forgiveness, honesty, and victory. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Shivratri is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Magha month.

Who is Lord Shiva?

Shiva is the Sanctified One. Brahma, Bishnu, and Maheshwar are the three Trimurti gods, and Shiva is one of them. Shiva, also known as the Maheshwar, is a major Hindu deity. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of evil. According to tradition, he is the almighty deity who creates, guards, and modifies the cosmos.

Depiction of Lord Shiva
Depiction of Lord Shiva

Being a saint himself, Lord Shiva has a striking visage. He wears a serpent around his snake and holds a Trishul. Lord Shiva wears a crescent moon from the location of the holy Ganga on his head and plays the Damaru as his musical instrument. He resides on Mount Kailash, sits atop a tiger’s skin, and has a deerskin belt around his waist.

Lord Shiva possesses a third eye, known as Tri-Netra. When angry, Shiva opens his third eye. People interpret the third eye of Shiva opening as a warning of impending chaos and disaster.

Myth Behind Maha Shivaratri

Several mythical stories are associated with Shivratri celebrations. There is a tradition that states Goddess Parvati begged Lord Shiva to save the planet as it was in danger of destruction. Lord Shiva, moved by her petitions, consented to rescue the planet, but only under the strict requirement that all people worship him with unwavering fervor and devotion. This evening is what gave rise to the name Shivratri. With tremendous enthusiasm, the people of Earth started to worship Lord Shiva, and they devoted this unique day to him. Another mythology claims that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. According to other tradition, Lord Shiva mentioned this day when Goddess Parvati enquired about his favorite day.

The Rituals

Mainly connected to the night, devotees perform special pujas throughout the night and remain up all night reciting “Om Namah Shivaya” and “Mahamritunjaya,” praying for the victory of light over darkness. They think that Lord Shiva will assist them in breaking negative habits and improving their life. It is also customary for devotees to fast on this fortunate day and night. 

On this auspicious day, thousands of devotees visit Shiva temples all over the world. On the eve of Shivratri, about a million worshippers flock to the largest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Hindus consider it to be one of the most sacred sites. Travelers from all over the world assemble here to witness the strange sadhu babas praying to Lord Shiva while in a meditative condition.

Pashupatinath Temple on Maha Shivaratri
Pashupatinath Temple on Maha Shivaratri

Children are ask for donations from passersby people. To commemorate the celebration, people make individual setups for a holy meal and bonfire. Some devotees are so eager to feed everyone within the confines of the shrine. They also establish convenient camps for exclusive attendance on the temple grounds for the benefit of visitors and devotees.

The Significance of Maha Shivaratri

Among Hindus, Maha Shivaratri is one of the most anticipated holy holidays and is also well-known in Nepal. Maha Shivaratri presents a chance for individuals seeking to cleanse their body, mind, and spirit. Dharma practitioners offer prayers and beg forgiveness for past mistakes in an attempt to purify their hearts and minds.

Worshipping the Shivlinga
Worshipping the Shivlinga

Maha Shivaratri, observed with great fervor and devotion in many parts of Nepal and among Hindu communities across the globe, is a crucial part of Hindu customs and culture. It serves as a reminder of the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Hinduism.

According to devotees, the significance of Maha Shivaratri is highlighted in the stars in the Northern Hemisphere. as they are perfectly positioned to boost spiritual energy.

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