Thursday, February 27, 2014

MahaShivratri : Lord Shiva's Marriage Procession

Every year as part of Maha Shivratri celebrations the marriage of Lord Shiva with  Goddess  Parvati is enacted in many Shiva temples.

In My neighborhood SHIV SHAKTI temple the Baraat procession of Lord Shiva's wedding goes en route via devotees house, where the people pay obeisance to children dressed as SHIVA, PARVATI, DEVTAS.

According to scriptures, animals, ghosts and every living being were part of Lord Shivas's baraat.

Here i share pics of today's Baraat which passed by my home:








































The Baraat on its way to the Shiv Shakti temple.

Happy MahaShivratri 2014

Today is Mahashivratri.

According to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

"Mahashivratri is the day when the Shiva tattva touches the ground, touches the earth. The consciousness which is always ten inches above the material ground; the aura, the ethereal world which is ten inches above the surface, touches the earth element on Mahashivrathri day
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So, it is very useful for people to keep awake and meditate on that day. 

Do not eat too much, eat very light and do more meditation, then it helps in fulfillment of desires. This is the ancient belief. It helps you to grow stronger in your being. It is like a new year for a saadhak (seeker), for spiritual growth, spiritual attainment and worldly attainment, so it is considered auspicious.
The night on this day, when the constellations are in some particular position, is very auspicious for meditation. That is the ancient belief. 

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen on any other day. Any time your heart is open, your mind is calm and steady, prayers do get answered. But Shivratri day is celebrated with the singing of the ancient vedic chants and a ceremony is done, and it is considered a very auspicious time for a spiritual aspirant. 

It is the wedding of the material with the spiritual.

The material which is eight fold came close to the ethereal which is also eight fold.
So what the eight fold prakriti (nature)? Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ego; all these come in contact with the subtle eight, i.e., the Shiva Tattva.

People usually eat very light, some fruits or something and fast."


 A few pics from SHIV SHAKTI Temple, Sector 28 Faridabad.








Today on Mahashivratri  i  discovered two Shiva Temples. The first one is Babulnath temple in Mumbai, an ancient Shiva temple. I have been to Mumabi several times but heard about this temple only today. An absolute must in my next visit to Mumbai.

Babulnath temple


The second discovery i made today is about Tungnath Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world. This temple is near Kedarnath . I would love to visit it some day.


Tungnath Temple
Wishing all readers of Daffodils a very HAPPY MAHASHIRATRI.