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.

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 2020 begins on July 6th and ends on August 19th.

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.

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?

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 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. et 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.

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 fulfilment 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.

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 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.

Shiv Gyani Jan Seva at Shivoham Shiva Temple

While this is undoubtedly a beautiful celebration of faith, an expression of love for Shiva, our revered deity, service needs to be understood in a wider and larger context, as has been expressed by seers and sages from time immemorial.

All devotees believe in service to God. Followers of Lord Shiva believe in serving our beloved Lord Shiva. Hence, we perform Abhishek, we offer our services at temples, in holy places of worship. We sweep floors of temples, wash them. We offer Prasadam after making it lovingly with our own hands. We bring new and ornate garments to drape statues with; present flowers, jewellery and ornaments to idols as an expression of faith, love and gratitude. We volunteer at major religious festivals and events at temples assuming duties and responsibilities.

What is “Shiv Gyani Jan Seva” ?

While this is undoubtedly a beautiful celebration of faith, an expression of love for Shiva, our revered deity, service needs to be understood in a wider and larger context, as has been expressed by seers and sages from time immemorial. According to Vivekanada, love of mankind is the worship of God.  The values of love, compassion and kindness are invaluable and timeless. When we harness all these values to serve humanity, we are actually serving God. Therefore Serving Shiva is Serving People, Shiv Gyani Jan Seva. After all, God is omnipresent,  isn’t He? He is everywhere. He lives on mountains, in seas, in cities, in villages. He is in mansions and in slums. He will stand with the rich. He will stand with the poor. He will be with the farmer. He will be with the Poojari. Then why do we, the pinnacle of His creation, create walls and divides between people? Moreover, aren’t we all manifestations of God? This is the essential truth of Shivoham – Lord Shiva is everywhere. He lives in fields and on hills, just as His presence can be found in temples and shrines. Not only that, He lives within each one us, I am Shiva, you are Shiva. We are all a part of Him; we are all Shiva. By serving a fellow man, aren’t we serving Lord Shiva? To stand with the poor and needy, perspire in the service of others is to be in true service of God.

The Shivoham Shiva Temple reflects this spirit of service to God as service to humanity. All contributions and donations made at the temple, all funds that are raised from the sales of tickets at the temple are channeled towards serving the underprivileged, the homeless and the destitute sheltered and treated at the RVM Humanitarian Hospital and Home. The former is a charitable hospital for the poor, while the latter is a shelter for the homeless and abandoned. Together, these two establishments care for 700 people everyday, providing free food, medication and advanced medical treatment to those who need it. Besides these amenities and facilities, and needless to say, the hospital and home provide love, compassion and support to the downtrodden and forgotten. Let us not forget that love of God is love of mankind and that Serving Shiva is serving people. In helping all these poor people, we are serving God.

10 Reasons to be at Shivoham Shiva Temple on Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on 13th February and there is no better place to offer prayers to Lord Shiva than at the Shivoham Shiva Temple in Bengaluru.

Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on 13th February and there is no better place to offer prayers to Lord Shiva than at the Shivoham Shiva Temple in Bengaluru. The day is celebrated as a day of gratitude at the temple, which is reason enough for devotees to be with Lord Shiva at the temple. But here are another 10 reasons why you should celebrate this sacred and auspicious day at the Shivoham Shiva Temple!

1. It is ‘Home’ to Lord Shiva

The Shivoham Shiva Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva home to the beautiful and towering 65-feet-tall statue of Lord Shiva. Who wouldn’t want to be in the presence of Lord Shiva, especially this beautiful benign statue of Lord Shiva that evokes feelings of awe, bliss and peace? The magnificent 32-feet-tall idol of Lord Ganesha is an added attraction!

2. The Most Powerful Statue in the World

The statue of Lord Shiva at the Shivoham Shiva Temple is said to be the most powerful statue in the world. Devotees can feel the spiritual vibrations that emanate from the statue. These spiritual vibrations increase manifold during Maha Shivratri. Devotees and visitors alike admit that they can feel the presence of Lord Shiva, and His Divine Energy at the temple. One has to experience it to believe it!

3. The Temple of Faith

The Shivoham Shiva Temple is known as the temple of faith, where dreams come true, prayers are answered and wishes are granted. That is the reason why thousands of devotees keep returning to the temple year after year, sharing their experiences and stories of miracles. One has to pray with faith, and Lord Shiva never disappoints His followers. Since Maha Shivratri is considered as an auspicious day for praying to Lord Shiva, devotees throng the temple for Darshan of their beloved Bholenath, knowing that their prayers will be heard.

4. Unique and Mystical Maha Shivratri Celebrations

The Maha Shivratri celebrations at the Shivoham Shiva Temple are unique and very exciting. Diverse, multi-faceted, they are full of grandeur and truly create feelings of Bhakti and devotion. The celebrations begin early in the morning and go on till the next day. Devotees can come at any time to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and be a part of the mystical and magical celebrations!

5. Theme-Based Festivities

The celebrations at the Temple are based on a concept or theme to promote faith and spirituality that may ultimately help seekers on their spiritual path to understand the truth of Shivoham and attain the ultimate goal of life   God-realization. The theme for this year’s Maha Shivratri celebrations is “Perform the Barah Jyotirling Abhishek as an expression of Bhakti and Devotion”. It is a powerful Pooja and extremely beneficial for those who perform it.

6. Special Aarti every 2 hours and Poojas

A Shiv Aarti is performed every two hours on Maha Shivratri at the temple. Both believers and seekers can perform special prayers and poojas on Maha Shivratri. While believers may pray for Happiness, Health, Education, Prosperity, Peace, seekers may perform poojas for Grace to attain Moksha, Jivanmukta, Satchitananda, Vairagya, Mumukshutva, Atman, Shivoham.

7. Spiritual Activities

Devotees and visitors can also participate in several faith building and strengthening spiritual activities. One can tie the Shiv Raksha Dhaga on his/her wrist as a symbol of faith and surrender or Light a Diya or Agarbatti. Other activities at the Temple include 108 Om Namah Shivaya Yatra, Breaking a Coconut, Vignaharan Thread, Miracle Coin, Til bathi, Letter to God, Ling Abhishek, the Paanch Dham Yatra and the Barah Jyotir Ling Yatra. Each activity is thoughtfully created to evoke feelings of love for Lord Shiva and deepen the bond between a devotee and God.

8. Shiv Kripa Jaagran Express

One of the most distinctive features of the Maha Shivratri celebrations at the Shivoham Shiva Temple is the Shiv Kripa Jagran Express, which is all-night vigil that is observed to make the most of the great night of Lord Shiva and help devotees progress on the path of spirituality, creating a spiritual yearning and awakening that may help them attain God realization.

 9. Maha Yagna

At the Maha Yagna, devotees surrender to God through Arpanam, indicating that they are dropping a bad habit for spiritual growth and evolution. It is a form of surrender, an expression of stoic faith.

 10. Light and Sound show

One of the major highlights of the Maha Shivratri celebrations at the temple   the Light and Sound show has a mesmeric and enchanting effect on the young and old alike. Beautiful, vibrant colours, special effects along with mellifluous music and sublime dialogues enthral the audience and make it a surreal experience. The light and sound show is conceptualised to provoke thought and reflection, besides fostering faith. This year, the theme for the special Maha Shivratri Light and Sound show is “Science and Spirituality”. After watching the Light and Sound Show, one may be surprised to know that Science and Spirituality are actually not on divergent paths!

Be a part of the most exciting Maha Shivratri celebrations in the world! Join us at the Shivoham Shiva Temple on the 13th of February. Be blessed!

The Truth of Shivoham Shiva Temple

The Shivoham Shiva Temple was built after RVM, the founder of the temple, had a vision to build a statue of Lord Shiva that would offer hope and solace to devotees, and propagate faith for generations to come. The temple was consecrated on 27th February, 1995 on Maha Shivratri by Sri Shankaracharya of Sringeri.

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The Shivoham Shiva Temple was built after RVM, the founder of the temple, had a vision to build a statue of Lord Shiva that would offer hope and solace to devotees, and propagate faith for generations to come. The temple was consecrated on 27th February, 1995 on Maha Shivratri by Sri Shankaracharya of Sringeri.

As the Shivoham Shiva Temple celebrates its 23rd Maha Shivratri, the beautiful 65-feet-tall statue of Lord Shiva continues to stand tall as a towering symbol of faith and has gone on to acquire the indisputable and unmatchable distinction of being the most powerful statue in the world. Considered as a temple ‘willed by God’, miracles have known to have taken place here. Devotees return with gratitude in their hearts, seeking to thank Lord Shiva for answering their prayers and making their dreams a reality. And even as believers gratefully acknowledge the presence and power of Lord Shiva at the temple and share their stories of happiness, the magnificent statue of Lord Shiva continues to attract more followers, believers, seekers and visitors.

Special Attractions of Shivoham Shiva Temple

There are certain compelling features or attractions at the temple which especially draw devotees from across the world.

The Healing Stone

The Healing Stone is one of them. Facing the statue of Lord Shiva, the Healing Stone is a pillar of Faith. It is believed that the Upchaar Patthar, as it is called, is a Healing Stone that cures diseases and relieves devotees of their pain and suffering. Many devotees who have touched this healing stone with complete faith have been cured of their ailments and have made incredible recoveries. Miracles are born out of faith, after all!

The Miracle Coin

The Miracle Coin is another attraction at the temple. It is a powerful faith building and strengthening spiritual activity that has once again created miracles for many believers. In order to encourage thoughts of Shiva, chanting and meaningful prayer, a devotee has to chant Om Namah Shivaya 7 times and then drop the Miracle Coin in the Mansarovar Pond in front of Lord Shiva’s statue to make a wish come true. Many devotees have absolute faith in Lord Shiva and know that their prayers will be heard and answered. And for sure they are. This is the truth of Shivoham Shiva Temple!

Do not forget to stop by at the Healing Stone or drop the Miracle Coin in the Mansarovar Pond when you visit the Shivoham Shiva Temple. On Maha Shivratri, the spiritual vibrations and the divine energy at the temple intensifies and increases manifold. Touch the Healing Stone and feel the power of Lord Shiva! Chant Om Namah Shivaya, drop the Miracle Coin in the pond and witness miracles in your life!

 

Interesting Facts About Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is amongst one of the most anticipated and awaited Hindu festivals. It is celebrated with great reverence and enthusiasm in honour of Lord Shiva. Stories pertaining to the reason why Maha Shivratri is celebrated along with traditions and customs associated with it make for a truly informative and interesting read!

Maha Shivratri is amongst one of the most anticipated and awaited Hindu festivals. It is celebrated with great reverence and enthusiasm in honour of Lord Shiva. Stories pertaining to the reason why Maha Shivratri is celebrated along with traditions and customs associated with it make for a truly informative and interesting read!

Here are some interesting facts about Maha Shivratri

Although Maha Shivratri is celebrated all night along, the night of Maha Shivratri is considered as one of the darkest nights of the year.

Maha Shivratri marks the Union of Shiva and Shakti ‑ two powerful forces of the universe.

It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on Maha Shivratri. Incidentally, Lord Shiva is considered to be the perfect, ideal husband. Hence, young girls fast and pray on Maha Shivratri so that they may get a husband like Him, while married women pray for marital happiness.

It is also said that on this night, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.

According to another belief, the absolute formless God, Sadashiv, appeared in the form of Lingodbhav Moorti at midnight on Maha Shivratri. Therefore, all devotees keep vigil at night. They observe a Jaagran and sing songs and hymns in praise of Lord Shiva.

Related to Mahashivratri is also the story of how Lord Shiva came to be known as Neelkanth. According to Hindu mythology, the pot of poison that emerged during ‘Samudra Manthan’ was poisonous enough to destroy the entire world. Lord Shiva swallowed the deadly poison to save the world because of which his throat turned blue and he came to be known as ‘Neelkanth’. People celebrate the night of Maha Shivratri to show their gratitude to Lord Shiva for protecting the world.

Another legend narrates the story of a hunter who climbed a Bel tree to escape a hungry lion. As the frightened hunter waited upon the tree, he started to pluck leaves of the tree to stay awake. The leaves fell on the Shiva Linga, which was on the base of the tree. Lord Shiva was very pleased with the offering as Bilva leaves are holy for him and so saved him. Thus, to commemorate this incident, devotees stay awake all night.

Lord Shiva is considered to be the destroyer of ego, and because of His kindness, He clears past negatives karmas that hinder the evolution of souls and prevent us from reaching our full potential. Maha Shivratri provides His believers an opportunity to transform and awaken to who we truly are. It is believed that a person who prays to Lord Shiva with utmost devotion on Maha Shivratri attains salvation!

Devotees also keep a fast all day and night, and break their fast only the next morning. It is believed that Maha Shivratri can help them obtain control over Rajas Guna (excess passion) and Tamas Guna (ignorance).

Many devotees drink thandai’ as prasad on Maha Shivratri since it is believed that Lord Shiva was particularly fond of “thandai’.

Intriguing facts, aren’t they? At the Shivoham Shiva Temple, we celebrate this festival as a day of gratitude and prayers so that Lord Shiva may grace His devotees and help them realise the truth of Shivoham and the ultimate goal of life – Moksh!

Maha Shivratri 2018 Celebrations at the Shivoham Shiva Temple

The Shivoham Shiva Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is home to the magnificent and beautiful 65-feet-tall Lord Shiva statue, which is also believed to be the most powerful Shiva Statue in the world.

The Shivoham Shiva Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is home to the magnificent and beautiful 65-feet-tall Lord Shiva statue, which is also believed to be the most powerful Shiva Statue in the world. It is a temple of faith where prayers are answered, where devotees and visitors return year after year to pray to their beloved God Shiva because they actually feel His Divine Presence at the temple and experience the spiritual vibrations that emanate from the statue of Lord Shiva. Therefore and understandably so, the Mahashivratri festival celebrations at the Shivoham Shiva Temple are very special and unique. The full-of-grandeur festivities are day and night long and organised and conducted with careful thought, Bhakti and devotion.

Mahashivratri is one of the most sacred days for Hindus. It is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. It is believed that no prayer goes unanswered on this auspicious day and those who pray to Lord Shiva with Bhakti, love and devotion on Maha Shivratri are absolved of their sins, and therefore, they attain Moksh.

How Lord Shiva is worshipped at the Shivoham Shiva Temple on Shivaratri? 

Maha Shivratri is celebrated primarily as a “Day of Gratitude” at the Shivoham Shiva Temple ‑ as a day of thanksgiving to Lord Shiva for His kindness, and abundant and endless blessings. It is a day when devotees are encouraged to leave all thoughts and work aside to be with Lord Shiva to think only of Him, thank Him, express their love for Him, to seek His blessings so that He may grace them in their spiritual quest to realise the final truth of Shivoham and God realisation.

Highlights of Mahashivratri 2018 

A distinct feature of the Mahashivratri celebrations at the temple is that the festivities highlight a core theme every year in order to help devotees focus on an aspect of devotion and spirituality. The theme for the upcoming Maha Shivratri celebrations on 13th February, 2018 is “Perform the Special Barah Jyotirling Abhishek” as an expression of Bhakti and Devotion.

The Maha Shivratri celebrations at the temple begin early in the morning as devotees start arriving before sunrise to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva statue. The festivities continue through the day and night until the next day.

Special events, spiritual activities, Shiv aarti, prayers, poojas, live Bhajans, Mahashivratri songs, Maha Yagnas, a Jagraan (all-night vigil), a special and enriching Light and Sound show are organised to commemorate this Divine Day with the hope of strengthening faith, promoting spirituality and effecting a deeper connection with God that may eventually help seekers on their path to the attainment of Moksh.

Another salient aspect of the Maha Shivratri celebrations is that all proceeds from the sales of tickets, and all the other donations and contributions to the temple are directed towards serving the poor and destitute. We believe that “Service to the poor is prayer to God”, and hence, we reach out to the ailing, the homeless and the needy to treat them and help them in as many ways as possible.

Join us on the 13th of February, 2018 as we celebrate Maha Shivratri at the Shivoham Shiva Temple. Be a part of the most mystical and exciting Maha Shivratri celebrations in the world! Be with Lord Shiva. Be blessed!

Join us on Maha Shivratri 2018 at the Shivoham Shiva Temple

Importance of Maha Shivratri

Mahashivratri, the great night of Lord Shiva, is one of the holiest days of the Hindu calendar. It falls on the new moon day in the month of Maagha, and is dedicated and celebrated in honour of the beloved Hindu deity, the destroyer, Lord Shiva.

Mahashivratri, the great night of Lord Shiva, is one of the holiest days of the Hindu calendar. It falls on the new moon day in the month of Maagha, and is dedicated and celebrated in honour of the beloved Hindu deity, the destroyer, Lord Shiva. It is a festival of great importance because of its religious and spiritual implications. It is believed that no prayer goes unanswered on this sacred day and those who pray to Lord Shiva with the utmost devotion on Mahashivratri are absolved of their sins and attain Moksha, Salvation, and Enlightenment.

How is Maha Shivratri Puja celebrated?

Mahashivratri is celebrated by offering water, milk, dhatura, bhaang, akwan and flowers to Lord Shiva. In addition to this, devotees observe a fast, mantras are chanted, all night vigils and special prayer ceremonies are held, and Shiva scriptures are read.

Significance of Maha Shivratri Celebrations:

Different mythical shivaratri stories are associated with Maha Shivratri. According to a popular legend, Mahashivratri is the night when Lord Shiva performs the cosmic dance of creation, preservation and destruction. Hence, Mahashivratri is marked by annual dance festivals at major Hindu temples Konark, Khajuraho, Pattadakal, Modhera and Chidambaram. Lord Shiva’s dances, Tandava and Lasya, are also performed by classical dancers in veneration of Shiva.

Another Maha Shivratri story identifies Mahashivratri as the night of Lord Shiva’s wedding to Goddess Parvati. Yet another popular belief associates Mahashivaratri with the legend of Lord Shiva drinking poison to save the universe. A pot of poison was amongst the many things discovered during the churning of the ocean (the legendary Sagar Manthan). Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe from its ill effects. Gods danced in order to protect Shiva from the harmful effect of the poison and to keep him awake for a night. The poison eventually didn’t harm Shiva, but it turned his neck blue, which also explains why Lord Shiva is called Neelkanth.

Legends apart, Mahashivratri celebrations are of tremendous significance since this festival is considered to be a powerful time for prayers and prayer fulfillment, spiritual awakening and realisation. Whether one seeks worldly happiness or spiritual wisdom, Mahashivratri is considered as an auspicious day to seek the blessings of God!

Mahashivratri Celebrations at the Shivoham Shiva Temple

At the Shivoham Shiva Temple, the festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with grandeur, devotion and love. It is regarded as a day of gratitude, a day of thanksgiving to Lord Shiva for His kindness and blessings. It is looked upon as a day when all devotees, believers and seekers can express their Bhakti to Lord Shiva and seek His grace to spiritually guide them to the truth of Shivoham, self-realisation, and God realisation.

Be a part of our grand festivities on the 13th of February, 2018, as we celebrate Mahashivratri at the Shivoham Shiva Temple. Be blessed!

Enthusiasm – En + Theos – in God

Contrary to the way the word “Enthusiasm” is currently used, with its secular connotations of excitement, intense and eager enjoyment or interest, it was originally used in a religious context to refer to beliefs and passions related to religion.

Contrary to the way the word “Enthusiasm” is currently used, with its secular connotations of excitement, intense and eager enjoyment or interest, it was originally used in a religious context to refer to beliefs and passions related to religion. Enthusiasm is a word derived from the Greek word Entheoswhich means “the God within”.

The word enthusiasm alludes to “inspiration or possession by a God”. Indeed, the happiest people are the ones who are full of enthusiasm, who are connected with God, and who are in Yoga – in union with God. Yoga is more than a physical fitness program; it is a divine bridge between the soul and God – a path that leads to God realization. The four kinds of Yoga – Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga – all lead to a union with God.

To be “enthused”, therefore, is a blessing. It manifests in Bhakti, devotional worship of the supreme deity, Lord Shiva. Through His grace, one can attain Moksh or Enlightenment. Bhakti includes reverence, love, trust, faithfulness, surrender, attachment and devotion to God. Bhakti negates the ego and all desires, except for the desire to know and realize God. The Shivoham Shiva Temple not only propagates faith, but also creates Bhakti and hopes to guide believers to understand that Lord Shiva lives within each one of us, while helping seekers progress on the spiritual path of self-realization and God realization.

In order to promote Bhakti and strengthen the divine connection of devotees with Lord Shiva, the Shivoham Shiva Temple organises a special devotional event on Believers’ Daywhich is celebrated at the temple every Monday, which is the day dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Monday nights are Bhajan nights at the Shivoham Shiva Temple. Beautiful, soulful bhajans are sung by AiR, the founder of the temple. The bhajans, which are composed by him, are an expression of Bhakti for Lord Shiva, sometimes voicing a longing and yearning for Shiva, thus seeking His grace, or praising the Lord and thanking Him for His many blessings. The bhajans are sung for an hour from 10:45 P.M. to 11:45 P.M. every Monday night and hope to fill the hearts of the audience, devotees and visitors, with love and devotion, and awaken within them the desire to realize God and be in union with Him.

Visit the Shivoham Shiva Temple on Monday nights to listen to AiR bhajans. Be enthused – divinely inspired!

The Power of Faith

The Shivoham Shiva Temple is known as “A Temple of Faith”. It was built in order to propagate faith, to foster it and strengthen it. We all talk about faith, but what is faith? Why is it important? What makes faith so powerful?

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The Shivoham Shiva Temple is known as “A Temple of Faith”. It was built in order to propagate faith, to foster it and strengthen it. We all talk about faith, but what is faith? Why is it important? What makes faith so powerful?

FAITH is Full Assurance In The Heart. Faith is belief and trust in the divine power that we call God. It is a way of life. It does not necessarily mean being overtly religious, though for many, it may entail following the doctrines of a certain religion. Faith is based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. It changes our perspective on life. It changes the way we live, the way we think, the way we interact with the world, the way we do things.

Faith is powerful. It implies a gracious acceptance of life and surrender to God with an implicit trust that whatever happens, it is for the good. One never feels alone when one has faith, for if the divine force is with us, can we ever be lonely? This belief in itself becomes the foundation for a happier and more peaceful life. It helps us battle adversities and challenges. It helps us accept happenings or events which would otherwise negate bliss. Faith heals and promotes joy and happiness. It gives us strength, courage, energy and hope, and fills us with an inexplicable power to make things happen, knowing God is with us. It brings answers to prayers, for when one prays with faith, miracles happen. The Shivoham Shiva Temple is a witness to several such miracles of the power of faith. Devotees and believers return to the temple, grateful to Lord Shiva for having answered their prayers. People have healed from life-threatening ailments; professional and business goals have met with success; obstacles have been removed; and even those seeking fulfilment in relationships have found happiness after praying at the Shivoham Shiva Temple.

Several faith-building spiritual activities are offered at the Shivoham Shiva Temple, and one that draws many devotees and believers is called “The Miracle Coin”. In order to encourage chanting as a way of connecting with God, a believer is required to chant Om Namah Shivaya 7 times and then drop the miracle coin in the Manasarovar Pond in front of Lord Shiva’s statue to make a wish come true. Many devout believers have complete and absolute Faith in Lord Shiva, and know that their prayers will be heard and answered. And indeed, they are answered. That is the power of faith!