Shivratri Puja Vidhi
Shravan is the month of auspiciousness and holiness when the spiritual vibes emerge from all around. It marks the beginning of Chaitra month and Lord Shiva is worshiped at a large scale.
It is the 5th month as per the Hindu calendar. Various Festivals in Shravan Month comes and holds an utmost importance because of its high religious value. Some of the popular festivals during this month are Raksha Bandhan, Narali Poornima, Naag Panchami, Basava Panchami, Avani Avittam, Vara Laxmi Vrat, Kalkyavatara and so on. In 2017, the festivals falling on are as following:
23rd July – Hariyali Amavasya
26th July – Hariyali Teej
27th July – Naag Panchami
7th August – Raksha Bandhan
All the devotees performing the above-mentioned festivals with complete rituals attain purity of soul, mind and body.
According to Puranas, Shravan was the time when the churning of the sea (Samudra Manthan) was done by Devas and Asuras in the search of Nectar (ambrosia). The snake which circles around Lord Shiva’s neck was used as a rope for churning. This resulted in the emergence of 14 valuable gems. All these gems got distributed among devas and asuras except the 14th which was the deadliest poison called Halahala. That was the time when Shiva came and drank the poison and stored it in His throat.
His act saved the universe and he came to be known as ‘Neel Kanth’. This sums up the History of Shravan Month.
There exist various portals which provide Shravan Month Importance in Hindi, to make people understand and access its benefits like improves health and wealth, reduce the ill effects of Shravan Nakshatra and the moon.
Ujjain, considered to be the residing place of Lord Shiva encounters the most splendors and glorious celebration of His festival, Maha Shivratri where the devotees carry a large procession all over the city.
Maha Shivratri is a day associated with classic stories of Lord Shiva from the holy and sacred ‘Shiv Purana’. The majestic festival, Maha Shivratri 2017 Date is falling on 24th February, when all the Lord Shiva’s devotee will be seen keeping a fast starting from the sunrise till the sunset. Along with fasting, people also perform activities like yoga, chanting prayers, meditation and such other to please the Almighty.
There are various mythological stories associated with this day. Some folklore believes that the day is celebrated in remembrance of Lord Shiva bravery to save the mother Earth, while some say it is celebrated as Lord’s Shiva birthday. Despite these stories, there are numerous other legendary narratives.
Maha Shivratri Pooja is not like any other Pooja. It involves some rituals which should be fulfilled with complete devotion. Performing fast is an essential ritual where devotees get the power to eliminate the evils of Tamas and Rajas Guna. It also helps in controlling annoyance, desire and jealousy.
Maha Shivratri 2017 will fall on the 13th day of the month of Phalgun. An individual is greeted by the virtues like positivity, forgiveness, honesty and various other. Apart from the rituals, people also chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ to bless themselves with Shiva’s supremacy.