Although all the days of the week are good for the worship of Shiva, Monday is said to be the symbolic day of Shiva. There is a law to do special worship of Shiva on this day. Monday is the day associated with the Moon. shivratri In Shaivism, all fasts and festivals come on the basis of the Moon. Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha every month is called Shivratri. But Shivratri falling on Krishna Chaturdashi of Phalgun month is called Mahashivratri, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. Shivratri is the Bodh festival. Such a festival, in which we realize that we are also a part of Shiva, under his protection. It is believed that at the beginning of the universe, Lord Shiva had incarnated from formless to corporeal form (from Brahma to Rudra) at midnight on this day. shivratri It is told in the Ishaan Samhita that on the night of Falgun Krishna Chaturdashi, Adi Dev Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a linga with the same effulgence of crores of suns. According to astrology, the Moon is nearer to the Sun on the Falgun Krishna Chaturdashi date. At the same time, there is a union of a life-like moon with a Shiva-like sun. That’s why there is a law to worship Shiva on this Chaturdashi. At the time of Pradosh, at the time of Pradosh, Lord Shiva burns the universe to ashes with the flame of the third eye. That’s why it is also called Mahashivratri or Jalratri. Lord Shankar was also married on this day. That’s why Shankar’s procession is taken out at night. Fruits are eaten after worshipping at night. The next day, the fast is ended by performing havan of barley, sesame, kheer and bel patra. Why Mahashivaratri is celebrated and the importance of Mahashivaratri | What is Shivratri and Mahashivratri? shivratri
Why Mahashivaratri is celebrated and the importance of Mahashivaratri | What is Shivratri and Mahashivratri?
Why Mahashivaratri is celebrated and the importance of Mahashivaratri
The festival of Mahashivratri, the ‘Great Night of Shiva’, is one of the most important in the list of spiritual festivals of India. Sadhguru explains why this night is so important and how we can take advantage of it.Sadhguru: At one point of time, in Indian culture, there used to be 365 festivals in a year. In other words, every day of the year, they found an excuse to celebrate something or the other. These 365 festivals were associated with various causes and various purposes of life. They were associated with various historical events, victories and certain stages of life such as sowing, planting and harvesting of crops. We had a festival for every stage and every situation. But the importance of Mahashivaratri 2023 is different from all.
Mahashivaratri is very important for all those who seek the Supreme. I wish that this night becomes the night of your consciousness.
Why is Mahashivaratri celebrated?
The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before Amavasya is known as Shivratri. Of all the Shivratris that fall in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, which falls in the month of February-March, is considered the most important. On this night, the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upward movement of energy within the human being. It is a day when nature helps man to reach his spiritual peak. To make use of this time, in this tradition, we have a celebration, which lasts the whole night. In this all-night celebration, special care is taken to ensure that the natural flow of energies has full opportunity to rise – keeping your spine erect – continuously.
importance of mahashivratri–
Mahashivaratri holds great importance for the seekers walking on the spiritual path. It is also very important for those who are in family circumstances and are engrossed in worldly ambitions. People engaged in family situations celebrate Mahashivaratri as a festival of the marriage of Shiva. People engrossed in worldly ambitions celebrate Mahashivratri as the day of Shiva’s victory over his enemies. But, for the aspirants, it is the day they became one with Mount Kailash. He had become stable and motionless like a mountain. In the Yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshiped as a deity. He is considered the Adi Guru, the first Guru, from whom knowledge originated. After several millennia of meditation, one day he became completely still. The same day was of Mahashivratri. All the activities within him came to a halt and he became completely still, hence the devotees celebrate Mahashivratri as the night of stillness. shivratri
Spiritual significance of Mahashivaratri / shivratri
Leaving aside the stories behind it, this day holds special significance in Yogic traditions because it holds many possibilities for the spiritual seeker. Modern science has gone through many stages, today it has come to the point where they have given you proof that whatever you know as life, matter and existence, what you know as universe and constellations, I know; It is all but one energy, manifesting itself in millions and millions of forms. This scientific fact is an experienced truth for every yogi. The word ‘yogi’ refers to one who has realized the oneness of existence. When I say ‘yoga’, I am not referring to any particular practice or tantra. The whole desire to know this infinite expansion and unity in existence is yoga. The night of Mahashivaratri gives one the opportunity to experience the same.
Shivratri – the darkest day of the month
Shivratri is the darkest day of the month. Celebrating Shivratri and Mahashivaratri every month, it seems as if we are celebrating the festival of darkness. Any rational mind would instinctively choose the light, rejecting the darkness. But the literal meaning of Shiva is ‘that which is not’. ‘That which is’ is existence and creation. The ‘that which is not’ is Shiva. ‘That which is not’ means, if you open your eyes and look around and you have a subtle vision, you will see a lot of creation. If you look only at vast objects, you will see that the vastest nothingness is the greatest presence of existence. Some such points, which we call galaxies, are visible, but the vast emptiness that holds them is not visible to all people. This expansion, this infinite emptiness is called Shiva. At present, even modern science has proved that everything arises from nothingness and dissolves into nothingness. In this context, Shiva i.e. vast emptiness or emptiness is known as Mahadev. In every religion and culture on this planet, the all-pervading nature of divinity has always been spoken of. If we look at it, the only thing that can be truly omnipresent, something that can be present everywhere, is only darkness, emptiness or emptiness. Generally, when people seek their welfare, we represent that divine as light. When people focus on dissolution, on transcending their own well-being, on dissolution, and dissolution is the object of their worship and meditation, we always define divinity for them as darkness.
Importance of Shivratri
Light is a small phenomenon of your mind. Light is not eternal, it is always a finite possibility because it diminishes and ends. We know that the Sun is the biggest source of light on this planet. You can even create a dark shadow by blocking the light with your hand. But darkness is omnipresent, it is present everywhere. The immature minds of the world have always portrayed darkness as a devil. But when you say divine power is all-pervading, you are clearly calling it darkness, because only darkness is all-pervading. It is everywhere. It doesn’t need anyone’s support. Light always comes from a source that is burning itself. It has a beginning and an end. It always comes from a limited source. There is no source of darkness. It is a resource in itself. It is present everywhere. So when we say Shiva, we are referring to that infinite emptiness of existence. The whole creation happens in the lap of this emptiness. We call this lap of emptiness Shiva. In Indian culture, all ancient prayers were not just about saving you or your well-being. All ancient prayers say, “O God, destroy me so that I may be like you.” So when we say Shivratri, the darkest day of the month, it is an occasion for one to shed one’s limitedness. By doing this, experience the infinite source of creation, which is present in the seed form in every human being. Why Mahashivaratri is celebrated and the importance of Mahashivaratri | What is Shivratri and Mahashivratri? shivratri
Mahashivaratri – Night of Awakening
Mahashivaratri is an opportunity and a possibility, when you can connect yourself with the experience of infinite emptiness within every human being, which is the source of all creation. On one hand Shiva is called the destroyer and on the other hand he is also the most compassionate. He is a very generous giver. In the yogic sagas, he appears in the form of great compassion at many places. The forms of His compassion have been unique and wonderful. Thus Mahashivaratri 2019 is also a special night for some eclipse. It is our wish and blessing that you experience at least for a moment in this night the infinite expansion that we call Shiva. It should not be just a sleepy night of wakefulness, it should be a night of wakefulness for you, a night full of consciousness and awareness! shivratri