Mahashivratri Puja 2017
Maha Shivratri, the most awaited and important festival of 2017 is falling on 24th and 25th February. Millions of Lord Shiva’s devotee celebrate it with great zest.
Rudra means Shiva, the destroyer of all sins and sorrows. On Maha Shivratri Rudra Pooja, He is worshiped in His ‘Rudra’ form. Lord Shiva is considered the provider of wealth as He has the control over Kuber’s wealth. Along with monetary gains, He also looks after one’s happiness, health, prosperity, grace, peace and so on.
Maha Shivratri is believed to be the night of Shiva or Supreme-Being. It occurs on the 14th night of the full moon during the month of Phalgun. Shivratri Rudra Pooja Vidhi starts with the bath of Lingam with ‘panchayavya’ i.e. milk, curd, honey, ghee, cow dung followed by the offerings of sandalwood paste, bilwa and beetle leaves, dhatura etc. Incense and fruits are also given. Usually, the devotees chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and ‘Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra’.
Wearing of rudraksha on Shivratri is considered very auspicious and beneficial for a devotee as the rudraksha beads are believed to be made from the tears of lord Shiva Himself.
When the above-described vidhi is performed with complete devotion, devotees enjoy the blessing of Shiva in the form of Maha Shivaratri Rudra Pooja Benefits like purification of mind, soul and body, attainment of knowledge and wisdom, satisfaction with worldly pleasures, eliminate all sorts of negativity leading to an upliftment of spirituality and various other.
Shravan month is believed to be the most suitable month for ‘Subah arambh’ i.e. good start. The ruling deity for Shravan masses’ is Lord Shiva.
Shravan Mass Pooja Vidhi starts with the Shiva’s Abhishek with ghee, honey, milk, curd etc. followed by the offering of Belpatra and Lotus flowers. Then, Datura, Bhang and Shriphal are offered. Devotees also put Vibhuti or holy ash on Shiva’s forehead. The most important part is providing Ganga Jal to Shivlinga, which helps in attaining moksha (salvation).
The main vrat or fast kept by devotees during the month of Shravan is Shravan Somvar Vrat. The Shravan Mass Vrat Vidhi involves worship of Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva along with the chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ or ‘Maha Mritunjaya Mantra’. The vrat is kept from sunrise to sunset. Some devotees perform partial fast by eating fruits.
Northern states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and the like observe Shravana month 15 days before the Southern states like Goa, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and the like. This leads to different dates of celebration. People performing Shravan Monday Pooja are blessed with the fulfillment of their desires. Also, in some areas fasting on Mondays, is kept by unmarried women to get a good husband.
Maha Shivratri is a great night dedicated to Almighty Lord Shiva. This day falls on the 13th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun. One who performs or completes the Shiv Pooja at Maha Shivratri with all its rituals is believed to attain Moksha or Salvation and released from the cycle of birth and death.
Some of the Pooja rituals include waking up early and purifying yourself with holy water, abstain from food and drink for the whole day and night, worshipping Shiva Lingam with Betel leaves, Food, Incense, Bael leaves and Vermilion paste, should wear Rudraksha mala which holds a great importance to Lord Shiva.
Usually, the products used during a Pooja varies from person-to-person. This remains true even in the case of Maha Shivratri Pooja Products. But the major products include milk, rose water, honey, ghee, water and sandalwood paste for Abhishek of Shiva Lingam followed by, bilva leaves, dhatura and vibhuti. It is believed that chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ at the end of Shiv Aarti is the best way to end Maha Shivratri Pooja.
Numerous benefits are gained by a devotee during this Pooja. Some of the Importance of Maha Shivratri Pooja are the inculcation of honesty, self-discipline, forgiveness and other such virtues. It also leads an individual to a path of spirituality and holiness. Shiva, the Supreme God showers His blessings upon devotees and fulfill their wishes.