March 4, 2019
6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre, 9333 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Canada map
Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important festival celebrated among Hindus. This year, it'll be observed on Monday, March 4, 2019. According to the Hindu Calendar, it helds on the 14th day of Phalguna month. As per the Almanac, this day is celebrated on the same day in India. Devotees observe fast to please Lord Shiva and to receive his blessings. Want to know more about this festival? Read on...
Who Is The Lord Shiva?
While celebrating Maha Shivaratri, one should know the true essence of Lord Shiva. As we all know Mahashivratri is the festival for Lord Shiva, let’s know more about him. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva is called the Supreme God. He is the destroyer and the transformer, like Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver. Holy Ganga flows from his hair and snake is the garland of his neck.
There are many forms of Shiva that can be seen in his Panchavaktra (5 heads) form. Aghora, Ishana, Tatpurusha, Varna Deva and Braddha Rudra are the five forms of Shiva depicted as the five energies of Shiva. Nataraja is also a form of Lord Shiva, which is portrayed as the dancer for both destruction and creation. Hanuman is also believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva. People worship Shiva in the form of Lingam, which is known as Shivling.
The Convergence of Shakti & Shiva
Lord Shiva & Parvati got married on Maha Shivratri
According to the Hindu mythology, Maha Shivaratri is the day when Shiva and Shakti united as one. It is the day when Shiva got married to Parvati, which is known to be one of the form of Goddess Shakti. However, it is said that due to the Tandava (destructive dance) performed by Lord Shiva, the world was going to end. Then, Parvati worshiped her husband to save the world. Finally, Lord Shiva stopped dancing and Shiva & Parvati became one. Since that time, this form of Lord Shiva and Parvati is known as Ardhanarishwara.
Maha Shivaratri : Favorite Day Of Lord Shiva
It is said that Maha Shivaratri is the favorite day of Lord Shiva. Once Parvati asked about the rituals, which Lord Shiva like the most. Then, Lord Shiva replied that the night on Chaturdashi of the Magha month during Krishna Paksha is his favorite day. The rituals performed on that day pleases him the most. Parvati told this to her friends and then the word spreaded all over the world.
Now, as you know that the day of MahaShivaratri is Lord Shiva’s favorite, don’t miss the chance of enchanting him by following his favorite rituals.
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