MAHA SHIVARATRI – SIGNIFICANCE

Do You Practice Fasting on Shivaratri

Shivaratri A Special Day

This year on 24th of February, 2017, was Maha Shivaratri Day.  In India we all have seen people are going to the Shiva Temple and following a particular ritual of pouring water and milk on Shiva Linga.  The Linga is considered as the symbol of energy or potential of the God Shiva himself.  We worship Shiva to fulfill our wishes.  So we do fasting on this particular day, submit our wishes to the God.  We call him as the God of Wisdom.  Spiritual leaders have analyzed the importance of Maha Shivaratri.  Here it is –

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Meditating on Maha Shivaratri is very powerful.  Even there are Shivaratri in every month.  It is the 13th day of every new moon.  He also said before full moon or closer to new moon these days are very congenial for meditation.  In these days you are connected to the moon very closely and meditation becomes easier.  He also added there is something beyond time and space, which is Self-Potential.  The word determination plays the key role.  If you are determined, your every moment is good.  If you want to serve you every moment is good.  The link is following:

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Sadguru:

He said Maha Shivaratri comes in the month of Magha or Phalguna.  And on this special day, we human being has a natural upsurge because of the planetary positions.  They are in certain alignment.  So we should stay awake whole night and meditate.  He also added irrespective of the quality of a human being, if they do the same their wish will get fulfilled.  So he pleaded all to practice meditation on this particular night.  The link is following:

 

Significance of Sivaratri to Women:

We have seen women married and unmarried practicing fasting on this auspicious day of Shivaratri.  Shiva is the God who gets pleased easily and bestows boon to them.  If they are married they get a long and prosperous married life.  Those who are unmarried get a husband like Shiva, which in Hinduism we consider as an ideal Husband. 

Image credit: Nagarjun Kandukuru

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