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Maha Shivaratri – Read How to celebrate

This year ‘Maha Shivratra’ falls on 24th February 2017 according to the Hindu calendar. This festival which is in veneration of Lord Shiva, marks the celebration of the day when Lord Shiva married Mata Parvati.

How to Celebrate

First and foremost, be an early riser on Maha Shivratri. After having a bath, wear new clothes. The day calls for fasting in some traditions. Therefore, you must observe a full day fast for the love of your lord. Go to the Shiva temple early in the morning.

Start the Shiva Linga Abhishek with water, milk or yoghurt. You may add rose water, sugar, sandal wood paste, ghee and honey. All these items are essential for the Shiva Abhishek on Maha Shivaratri.

Lord Shiva loves baelpatra and dhatura. Therefore after you are done with the Shiva Linga Abhishek your next step should be to offer some baelpatras (betel leaves), sandal wood paste, dhatura,  and bhasm (vibhuti) to the Linga.

After the above offerings, light a lamp before the lord and also use an incense stick (or dhup). Pleasing Lord Shiva of all the other Gods is the easiest therefore so if your heart is clean and your intentions are genuine, He will listen very quickly. Just chant the magical mantra ‘Om Namah Shivai’ while doing the above.

You can also read the ‘Shiva Chalisa’ and Shiva’s 108 names, and follow it with Shiva Aarti. Keep Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati’s idol in front of you while you chant their mantras for blessings.


Beej Mantra for Lord Shiva

ॐ नमः शिवाय

Shiva Vandana

ॐ वन्दे देव उमापतिं सुरगुरुं, वन्दे जगत्कारणम् l

वन्दे पन्नगभूषणं मृगधरं, वन्दे पशूनां पतिम् ll

वन्दे सूर्य शशांक वह्नि नयनं, वन्दे मुकुन्दप्रियम् l

वन्दे भक्त जनाश्रयं च वरदं, वन्दे शिवंशंकरम् ll

The Maha-mrityunjaya mantra

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।

उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा ∫ मृतात् ।।

Dwadasa Jyotirlinga stotra

द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्र

सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च, श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् ।

उज्जयिन्यां महाकालं ॐ कारममलेश्वरम् ॥

परल्यां वैधनाथ च, डाकिन्यां भीमशंकरम् ।

सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं, नागेशं दारुकावने ॥

वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं, त्र्यंबकं गौतमीतटे ।

हिमालये तु केदारं, धुश्मेशं च शिवालये ॥

ऐतानि ज्योतिर्लिंगानि, सायंप्रात: पठेन्नर ।

सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति ॥

Remember to celebrate Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati’s wedding. You should immerse in the festive mood and chant ‘Bam Bhole’!  Follow the above steps and stay Blessed.

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