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WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MAHASHIVRATRI ?SHIVA-08


MEANING OF MAHASHIVRATRI;-

05 FACTS;-

1-Maha Shivaratri a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or Magha) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva".

2-It is a major festival in Hinduism, this festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.

3- The ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown.In Kashmir Shaivism, the festival is called Har-ratri by Shiva faithfuls of the Kashmir region.

4-MAHASHIVRATRI is the auspicious day of the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.We know that, of the Trinity, Lord Brahma is in charge of creation, Lord Vishnu takes care of this creation and Lord Shiva is the Destroyer.

5-Human nature, being what it is, is always afraid of destruction, and as such Maha-Shivratri is celebrated with full grandeur giving respect to the growth oriented action (marriage) of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MAHASHIVRATRI;-

07 FACTS; - 1. SHIVA —THE SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS;-

02 POINTS;- 1-Lord Shiva, one of the most powerful Gods in Hindu mythology, is known to illuminate all the three stages—deep slumber, waking and dreaming.Offering water or milk along with the bilva leaves on the shivlangam uplifts the spirit of the devotee to a whole new level—turiya—which lies beyond the three-fold level of slumber-waking-dreaming. 2-The dawn of this stage in the individual heralds a spiritual awakening of the person and helps him/her in accomplishing the karma, thereby making him a complete, pure individual 2. THE SIIGNIFICANCE OF NIGHT ;-

03 POINTS;- 1-Shivratri is a festival celebrated at night—it’s related not to the sun, but to the moon, which is symbolic of the mind. 2-Just like the moon, after moving for 16 days, is left with only 1/6th of the power, similarly, people’s minds too get preoccupied by worldly whims and fancies; they need to be replenished in order to stay true to their karma. 3-Hence, on Shivratri, while praying to Lord Almighty with determination, bhakti and discipline, one is revitalized and gets back control over life all over again 3. THE SIIGNIFICANCE OF FASTING;-

03 POINTS;- 1-Shiva is regarded as the most knowledgeable Divine Creator—and fasting is intimately linked with this.

2-Fasting, in Hindu mythology, is a means to come closer to divinity—the term jagaran (keeping awake the whole night, or in this case, awakening to a spiritual knowledge) refers to awaken someone from deep slumber that is powered by greed, lust and worldly woes. 3-It is to replenish (recharge)and cleanse ourselves off all the adversities of life that Shivaratri is celebrated by Hindus. 4. TANDAVA;--

03 POINTS;- 1-We all know about tandava, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, but most of us are unaware of the fact that it is done to attract all of us—the mortal beings—to take refuge in his divinity. 2-The amalgamation (separate organizations unite to form a larger organization )of mortals and divinity refers to a complete purge (purify) of the soul which heralds (to make something publicly known, esp . by praising it) a newer outlook, a cleansed soul and a newer determination to face all worldly challenges anew. 3-It is believed that on this auspicious night, purush and prakriti come together and become one. 5. KEEPING AWAKE;-

03 POINTS;- 1-We all know that people offering prayers to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day ought to remain awake till the wee hours of the morning. This practice, too, isn’t without reason. 2-In Hinduism, keeping awake channelizes a kind of awareness and determination that one needs in order to excel in all the worldly activities (a person can never lose track ever), and give a purpose to his/her karma. 3-After all, it is only after you do justice to karma that you’ll go ahead in your path to enlightenment. 6.THE SIIGNIFICANCE OF THE BILVA LEAVES;-

02 POINTS;- 1-According to the tradition, Lord Shiva must be prayed to with the leaves from bilva trees. These leaves are quite special as each stalk has not one or two, but three leaves. These three leaves are representations of the three nadis: ida, pingala and sushuma, the nexus of which is known as ajna chakra. 2-The climb up the tree signifies the ascent of the kundalini shakti to the anja chakra from the muladhara. Any person who concentrates on this point is believed to gain control of his/her senses and go ahead in the path of achieving salvation.

7-LORD SHIVA WHO IS TOTALLY DETACHED IS NOW ATTACHED BECAUSE