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 significance 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 realizsation. 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 LordGod.
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 Yyet 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 realisation 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 Jyotirlinga 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.