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Post by Daisy on Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:15 pm

Shivaratri
Pooja has been given tremendous significance in Hindu mythology. It is
said that ritual worship of Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri day pleases Lord
Shiva the most. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shankara
on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of past sins and
is blessed with Moksha or salvation.

Merits of Shivaratri Puja
According to Shiva Purana, sincere worship of Lord Shiva yields merits
including spiritual growth for the devotees. It also provides extensive
details on the right way to perform Shivratri Puja.

Shiva Purana further says that performing abhisheka of Shiva Linga with
six different dravyas including milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and
water while chanting Sri Rudram, Chamakam and Dasa Shanthi pleases Lord
Shiva the most. According to the mythology, each of these dravya used
in the abhisheka blesses a unique quality:

* Milk is for the blessing of purity and piousness.
* Yogurt is for prosperity and progeny.
* Honey is for sweet speech.
* Ghee is for victory.
* Sugar is for happiness.
* Water is for purity.

Besides, worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri is also considered to be
extremely beneficial for women. While, married women pray to Shiva for
the well being of their husbands and sons, unmarried women pray for a
husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.

Getting Ready for Shivratri Puja
To perform the worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri, devotees wake up
early and take a ritual bath, preferably in the holy waters of river
Ganga. This is followed by worship to Sun God, Vishnu and Shiva in
accordance with the purification rite observed on all-important Hindu
festivals. Devotees then wear fresh new clothes and pay a visit to the
nearest Shiva temple. As a tradition, devotees observe a fast on a
Shivaratri day. Some do not consume even a drop of water.

Performing Maha Shivaratri Pooja
Following the method prescribed in Shiva Purana, priests perform ritual
puja of Shiva Linga every three hours all through the day and night of
Shivaratri Festival. During this pooja, chants of Om Namah Shivaya and
sounds of bells reverberate in the temple. Following the bath with
milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water that helps in the
purification of the soul a vermilion paste is applied on the Linga as
it represents virtue. These six items form an indispensable part of
Shivaratri, be it a simple ceremony at home or grand temple worship

After this, Bilwa leaves, which have to be a stalk with three leaves,
is kept on top of the Shivalinga to cool the hot-tempered deity. Ber or
jujube fruit is also offered to Lord Shiva, as it is symbolic of
longevity and gratification of desires. Some devotees also offer the
auspicious betel leaves to Lord Shiva marking satisfaction with worldly
pleasures. Garlanding of Linga with flowers and garlands is also a part
of the ritual Shivaratri Puja. Devotees also burn incense sticks as is
said to yield wealth. Many also light lamps to symbolize attainment of
knowledge. It is said that by offering water, hugging the Linga,
lighting the diya and incense and ringing the temple bells, devotees
call into focus all their senses, making them acutely aware of
themselves and the universe to which they belong.

This ritual worship of Lord Shiva continues through the day and night
of Shivaratri. Devotees stay awake and spent the night in Shiva temples
by chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and singing hymns and verses in praise
of Lord Shankar. Devotees observing vrat on Shivaratri break it only
the next morning by partaking prasad offered to Lord Shiva.


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Re: *Wishing You Friends MahaShivaratri*

Post by Daisy on Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:16 pm

Recite
Lord Shiva Aarti on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri to invoke
divine blessings of Lord Shiva. For better understanding, meaning of
the Shiv Arti has been provided in English along with the verses.

Jai Shiv Onkara Har Shiv Onkara,
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Arddhagni Dhara.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: Glory to you, O Shiva! Glory to you, O
Omkaara! May Brahma, Vishnu and the assembly of other gods, including
the great Lord Shiva, relieve me of my afflictions!


Ekanan Chaturanan Panchanan Rajai,
Hansanan Garudasan Vrishvahan Sajai.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: Being the Absolute, True being,
Consciousness and Bliss, you play the roles of all the three Gods -
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. As Vishnu, you have but one face, as Brahma
four and as Shiva five. They gladden the sight of all who behold them.
As Brahma you prefer the back of the swan for your seat, as Vishnu you
like to ensconce yourself on the back of Garuda (A large mythological
eagle - like bird believed to be the vehicle of Lord Vishnu) and as
Shiva you make the sacred bull your conveyance; all these stand ready.
O Great Lord, pray rid me of my afflictions!

Do Bhuj Char Chaturbhuj Das Bhuj Te Sohai,
Tinon Roop Nirakhta Tribhuvan Jan Mohai.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: As Brahma, you possess two arms, as Vishnu
four and as Shiva (Dashabaahu) ten, all of which look matchlessly
lovely. No sooner do the inhabitants of the three spheres behold you
than they are all enchanted. O great Lord Omkaara, pray rid me of my
afflictions.


Akshaymala Vanmala Mundmala Dhari,
Chadan Mrigmad Sohai Bhale Shashi Dhari.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: You are, O great Lord Omkaara, wearing a
garland of Rudraaksha, another of forest flowers the third of skulls;
your forehead, glistening in the moonlight which it holds, is smeared
with sandal-paste and musk. Pray rid me of my afflictions.


Shvetambar Pitambar Baghambar Ange,
Sankadik Brahmadik Bhootadik Sange.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: O great Lord Omkaara, your body is attired
in white and yellow silken clothes and in tiger skin, while in your
company are troops of goblins, gods like Brahma and divine seers like
Sanaka. Pray rid me of my afflictions.

Kar Men Shreshth Kamandalu Chakra Trishooldharta,
Jagkarta Jagharta Jag Palankarta.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: O great Lord Omkaara, you hold akamandalu
(the mendicants water-jar) in one of your hands and in another a
trident; you bring joy to all, destroy all distress and sustain the
whole world. May you rid me of all my afflictions!

Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Janat Aviveka,
Pranvakshar Ke Madhye Yah Tinon Eka.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: The ignorant (unwise and stupid) know
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as three individual gods, but they are all
indistinguishably fused into a single mystic syllable ‘OM’. Pray rid me
of my afflictions.

Trigun Shiv Ki Aarti Jo Koi Nar Gave,
Kahat Shivanand Swami Manvanchhit Phal Pave.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa...


Meaning: Says Swami Shivananda, “He who recites this
Arti to the Lord of the three gunas-sattva, rajas and tamas - attains
fulfillment of his heart’s desire”. O great Lord Omkaara, may you rid
me of my afflictions.


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Re: *Wishing You Friends MahaShivaratri*

Post by Guest on Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:11 pm

nice info daisy...n wishing U a very happy Mahashivratri too... flowers

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