Maha Shivratri Celebrations at the Shivoham Shiva Temple

What better way to celebrate Maha Shivratri, one of the most anticipated and awaited Hindu festivals, than at the Shivoham Shiva Temple?

The Shivoham Shiva Temple is home to one of the most spellbinding statues of Lord Shiva in the world. The resplendent 65-feet marble statue of Shiva built in 1995, draws lakhs of devotees and visitors on Maha Shivratri every year. Devotees return year after year with gratitude in their hearts because their prayers have been answered, their dreams have come true. It is not without reason that the statue of Shiva at the Shivoham Shiva Temple is said to be the most powerful Shiva statue in the world.

The significanceSignificance of Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is undoubtedly the most spiritual and mystical of Hindu festivals. The Great Night of Shiva is a powerful night and considered auspicious for the offering of prayers and the fulfillment of prayers. It is believed that whatever is asked of Shiva on this night shall be granted. For a seeker on a spiritual journey, it is a time of spiritual awakening, evolution and realization It is also believed that whoever prays to Shiva with devotion, will be absolved of all sins and will attain Moksha. Whether one seeks worldly happiness and gain, or spiritual grace, knowledge and wisdom, Maha Shivratri is considered to be auspicious to seek the blessings of the Lord God.

The Legends and Stories behind Maha Shivratri

The origin of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri is attributed to different stories. According to a Maha Shivratri story narrated in Shiva Purana, Brahma and Vishnu were fighting to establish who is superior over the other. Lord Shiva was asked by other Gods to pacify them. Lord Shiva assumed the form of a huge column of fire in between them to highlight the futility of their fight. Since Shiva helped pacify the fighting Gods, the day is celebrated in His honour.

As per another legend, this night is believed to be the night of Lord Shiva’s wedding to Goddess Parvati. According to yet another story states that, Maha Shivratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the cosmic dance of creation, preservation and destruction. A popular belief associates Maha Shivratri with the legend of Neelkanth. A pot of poison, Halahala, besides other things, was created during the churning of the ocean ( Sagar Manthan). Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe from its annihilating effects. Gods danced all night to protect Shiva from the harmful effects of the poison and kept Him awake. Though the poison didn’t harm Shiva, it turned His neck blue, which is why He is called as Neelkanth.

Maha Shivratri 2019

This year, join us on the 4th of March, 2019 at the Shivoham Shiva Temple for the most spiritually edifying and gratifying Maha Shivratri celebrations in the world! Be a part of something truly extraordinary.

Theme-Based Festivities at the Shivoham Shiva Temple

At the Shivoham Shiva Temple, Maha Shivratri is primarily celebrated as a day of Gratitude, a day of giving thanks to God for His many blessings. Each year, a select theme is chosen to highlight an aspect of spirituality, which takes a seeker closer to the realization of the truth of Shivoham, towards self-realization, God-realization, and liberation. The theme for Maha Shivratri 2019 enunciates the absolute truth: Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram – God is beautiful. God is everywhere. Everything beautiful is GOD. “

Special Attractions at the Shivoham Shiva Temple

Maha Shivratri celebrations at the temple include day and night festivities. Visitors and devotees come from far and wide to partake in the special Maha Shivratri programs and activities, and offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Chanting of mantras, the Shiv Aarti (sung every two hours), live Shiv Bhajans create a spiritually charged and surreal atmosphere at the temple. The Maha Yagna, the Maha Shivratri Light and Sound Show, the Barah Jyotirling Yatra, the Paanch Dham Yatra, the Shiv Jagran, the Shiv Antakshari, the Healing Stones, Shivoham Poojas are some of the other popular attractions unique to the temple.

At the core of all these celebrations is the simple spiritual philosophy: Service to the poor is prayer to God, Shiv Gyani Jan Seva. Therefore, all proceeds raised from the sale of Maha Shivratri tickets or activities are directed towards serving the suffering humanity sheltered at the Humanitarian Homes.

 

 

Significance of the Shravan Maas (Shravan Ka Mahina)

The month of Shravan, popularly known as Sawan Month or Shravan Maas (July–August), is one of the holiest months for Hindus. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar beginning from Chaitra and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that praying to Lord Shiva in the Shravan Maas is 108 times more powerful than praying at any other time of the year. Devotees pray to Lord Shiva during this period for luck, success and happiness. The Shravan Maas in 2018 begins on July 28th and ends on September 9th.

Why is it called Shravan Maas?

This month is known as Shravan because it is governed by the star, “Shravan”. Legend says that when the churning of oceans – Samudra Manthan – took place in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out. Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the demons, except Halahala (poison). Lord Shiva drank the Halahala and stored it in his throat. Hence, the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva. To reduce the effect of the poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. All Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to cool Lord Shiva and to alleviate the ill effects of the poison. This tradition continued, and since then, Shiva devotees have continued to offer the water of Ganges to Lord Shiva during this month.

 ‘Shravan’ is the star that governs this month and therefore, this period is called Shravan. It is said that when Samundra Manthan (the churning of oceans) occurred, fourteen different types of rubies came out. Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the Asuras (demons) and Devas (divine beings), except Halahala (poison). It was Lord Shiva who drank the Halahala and stored it in His throat. Since then, Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on His head to negate the effects of the poison. It is also believed that all Gods offered water from the Holy River Ganga to cool Lord Shiva and to alleviate the ill effects of the poison. This tradition has continued as Shiva devotees continue to offer Ganga Jal to Lord Shiva during this month.

Monday Fasting or Somvar Vrat

Devotees fast from sunrise to sunset during this period. Some observe a partial fast where they eat fruits and juices during the day. Most eat only one meal after sunset. Non-vegetarian food, onion and garlic are avoided. Foods like sabudana (tapioca pearl) and seasonal fruits are commonly eaten during the Shravan Vrat. Some people also eat food without salt during the fasting.

Scientific Reason behind Fasting

It is said that fasting during the Shravan Maas is beneficial for health. Since it is the time of monsoons, sunlight is less, which slows down the digestive system. Hence, it is advisable to consume easily digestible food. This is why a strictly vegetarian diet is followed during the month of Shravan. Fasting also detoxifies the digestive system, which is a natural protection against airborne diseases.

10 Points to Follow during Shravan Maas, the Believers Month

The following are other practices advised during this sacred month:

  1. Every Monday, devotees should come and pray at a temple and observe the Monday fast with discipline and austerity.
  2. We should listen to Bhajans each day through the month.
  3. We should not harm or hurt anyone.
  4. We should pray to God every day, wherever we are and as often as we can.
  5. We should perform Abhishek every day.
  6. We should perform Aarti every day with devotion and love.
  7. We should offer ourselves to God in complete surrender, that is, Arpanam.
  8. We should wear a Rudraksha on all the 30 days of the Shravan Maas.
  9. We should chant “Om Namah Shivaya” and the “Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra” daily.
  10. We should sit in silence and remember God every single day of the Shravan Maas.