Maha Shivaratri – Sudheer Panikkaveetil

 

 

MahaShivaratri – Importance of Shivaratri written by Sudheer Panikkaveetil, Newyork.

 Maha Shivratri or Maha Sivaratri or Shivaratri or Sivarathri (Great Night of Shiva or Night of Shiva) is an Nepalese and Indian holiday for the festival celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha (as per Shalivahana or Gujarati Vikrama) or Phalguna (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu Calendar (that is, the night before and day of the new moon). The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil. Per scriptural and discipleship traditions, the penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach life’s summum bonum steadily and swiftly.  HAPPY SHIVARATRI TO ALL OUR READERS!!


Courtesy:http://webmalayalee.com/portals/2011/03/03/mahashivaratri-sudheer-panikkaveetil/

 

 

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