Friday, 17 February 2012

Maha shivratri 2012 Punjab

The Mahashivratri Fast is very special for the devotees of supreme Lord Bhole Nath. The fast is observed on Trayodashi of Falgun Krishna Paksh. In the year 2012, this auspicious Vrat will be kept on 20 February, Shravan Nakshatra. The Fair actually begins the day after Mahashivratri and goes on for six days. The mornings are devoted to all things religious ritualistic while the evenings are dedicated to a Plethora of Cultural programme conducted at the Seri Manch“Ratri” means Night. Night is the time for rest and comfort. When all activities stop and everything becomes quiet and peaceful, the body goes to sleep. Shivarathri is a rest not only for the body, but also for the mind, intellect and ego. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great devotion and religious fervor by Hindus, in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu Gods forming the Trinity. The festival falls on the moonless, 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun (in the month of February – March, according to English Calendar). On the festival of Maha Shivaratri, devotees observe day and night fast and worship Shiva Lingam. One day before the concluding day of the festival at the end of fanfare, music and dance, in the evening, Jagaran (literal meaning “night vigil” ? a puja or worship throughout the night is held. On this occasion, a Guru and his disciple proclaim prophesies for the following year. On the last day of the festivities, prayers are chanted and after paying obeisance to Lord Shiva all the deities assembled in Mandi depart to their original abodes. On this occasion, chadars (a form of devotional drapery offering to the God) are offered worshiping is done in all the four phases of the day. In the Puja of every phase, one should keep chanting “उँ नम: शिवाय | Om Namah Shivay” and ” शिवाय नम: | Namah Shivay” If it is not possible to do this meditation in the Shiva temple, then sit in a peaceful place of your house, in the east direction and do this chanting. During all these festivities, it is said that Rishi Kamru Nag (local god of rains), the presiding deity of the Maha Shivaratri, after paying his obeisance to Madho Rai moves to the Tarna mata temple at the top of the Tarna hill from where he watches the proceedings of the fair for seven days.

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