Showing posts with label Lord Shiva. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sawan Shivratri Today!! Know its Importance and Auspicious Muhurat

This Sawan Shivratri, offer Bhoga to Lord Shiva and unlock the doors of your fortune. Read the religious importance and auspicious Muhurat to commemorate this festival!!

As per the Hindu calendar, Shivratri is a monthly festival, and celebrated a day before Purnima, which falls on Trayodashi Tithi. Of all the Shivratris celebrated by the followers of Hinduism, two are given the most religious significance. The important Shivratri is Phalgun Trayodashi, which is also popularly known as Mahashivratri. The second one has more eminence in Hinduism. The festival is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and on this very day, devotees offer reverence to Mahadev while performing the Abhishek of Shivalinga with Ganga Jal.

Shiv Teras (Masik Shivratri)

As per the Hindu Panchang, the thirteenth date of every month is known as Trayodashi (in Sanskrit). The same Panchang suggests that every month consists of two Pakshas, which are Krishna and Shukla respectively. Thus, Trayodashi falls twice in a month’s time, out of which the Trayodashi during Krishna Paksha’s thirteenth day is most dear to Lord Shiva. Since it is endeared by the Lord, this date or Tithi is associated with Mahadev since the mythical period, due to which it is called Shiv Teras or the monthly Shivratri.

Importance of Sawan Shivratri 

The festival of Shivratri falling in the month of Shravan (July-Aug) every year is also known as Kanwar Yatra Samapan Diwas (the day of concluding the Kanwar Yatra). On this day, the devotees of Shiva collect the holy water of Ganga from pious places like Haridwar, Gaumukh or Gangotri, Ganga river of Sultanganj, Kashi Vishwanath, Baidyanath, Nilkanth and Deogarh and other religious stations. The Ganga Jal is then congregated in a Kanwar and used to perform the Abhishek of Lord Shiva in the colloquial temples of the devotees. 

According to religious traditions and considerations, the month of Sawan is quite special and close to Bholenath. The Shivratri celebrated during this month is the essence and also the primary sources of positive energy. Thus it is believed that performing the Abhishek of Lord Shiva or offering water to the Shivalinga helps the devotees to get rid of sins and attain the blessings of Lord Shiva. 

Auspicious Muhurat of Sawan Shivratri 

According to the Hindu Panchang, Sawan Shivratri is celebrated today, i.e. 30 July, 2019. On this particular day i.e. Tuesday, the auspicious Muhurat to commence the Shiv Puja begins at 12:06 PM at noon today and will last till Wednesday, 31 July at 12:48 PM. However, natives can also conduct the Puja at a different time, since the entire day is considered to be extremely pious. As per the Shastras or the religious scriptures, the festival of Shivratri washes away every sin and heinous deed of us humans. Lord Shiva himself eradicates the sins of those natives who devotedly worship him and observe fasts on this day. Other than this, unmarried natives also get blessed with the partner of their dreams by observing fasts on this day. At the same time, one’s conjugal life also attains bliss and prosperity. 

Sawan Shivratri 2019 Puja Rites and Rituals 

Lord Shiva is also known as Bholenath. He answers the prayer of any devotee who eulogizes him with a pure heart and mind. The rites followed to worship Bholenath are quite simple and with its help, any person can please Lord Shiva by worshiping him and conducting the general rites with pure devotion. Let us know the right way to venerate the Lord during Savan Shivratri. 

  • Wake up early in the morning during the day of Sawan Shivaratri and after bathing, purify your mind and body.
  • Afterwards, worship Shiva at home or in the temple and also offer Panchamrit to Goddess Parvati and Nandi too.
  • Shortly, holy water (which includes water, milk, curd, honey, ghee, sugar, perfume, sandalwood, saffron, cannabis) should be used with bel patra, honey, milk to perform the Abhishek of Lord Shiva while chanting " Om Namah Shivaya"/ॐ नमः शिवाय”.
  • Chant the Shiv Chalisa and perform the Shiv Aarti.
  • Keep in mind that the reverence of Lord Shiva must be done with a pure heart.

Offer Bhog To Lord Shiva While Opening The Fast 

It is believed that the mighty Lord Shiva can be pleased very easily. Thus, he heartily accepts whatsoever is offered to him. However, before breaking the fast on the night of Savant Shivaratri, devotees should offer some special items to Bholenath. Let's know about them-

  • Beliefs state that the Lord can be easily appeased by offering food items made of wheat. 
  • Devotees also believe that bhog made of Moong should be offered to Bholenath to attain prosperity. 
  • Unmarried natives can make an oblation with gram lentils (chana daal) so as to get the life partner of their dreams and tie the knot soon.
  • There is also a tradition of offering sesame seeds or sesame oil to Lord Shiva. Religious beliefs state that after making such an oblation, both the sins of previous as well as current births get eradicated.

We hope to benefit you from this article of ours. May you observe the fasts of Sawan Somwar successfully and obtain the blessings of Lord Shiva. All the very best to you!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kaal Bhairava: The Governor Of Time

Kaal Bhairav Jayanti is on 25th November, 2013. Kaal Bhairava, a manifestation of Lord Shiva, is the God of Time. Kaal Bhairav Jayanti or Kalashtami is the most auspicious day devoted to Lord Shiva. It is observed on the eighth day after full moon in traditional Hindu calendar. Read this featured article to know more about this day.

Bhairava, The Lord Of Time

Kaal Bhairav develops theory of time for different galaxies. He rules the universe and controls the time. He is worshiped by the people to alter the bad time and enhance the good time. He helps one by guiding them how to organize their time in the best possible way. Generally, the 8th day of waning Moon is the best time to get in touch with Lord Kala Bhairav. Generally speaking, the 8th day of the waning moon within every month is an auspicious time to get in touch with Kala Bhairava.

Kshetrapalaka, The Keeper Of The Temple

Kala Bhairava is known as Kshetrapalaka, meaning the keeper of the temple. As an honor to the Lord, the keys of the temple are submitted to him the the closing time and similarly, received from him at the opening time.

Click here to know the Kalashtami Dates for 2013 - Kalashtami 2013

8 Incarnations Of Bhairava

The eight incarnations of Lord Bhairava are known as Ashta Bhairavas. His eight forms are:

(1) Asithanga Bhairava 
(2) Ruru Bhairava 
(3) Chanda Bhairava 
(4) Krodha Bhairava 
(5) Unmatta Bhairava 
(6) Kapala Bhairava 
(7) Bhishana Bhairava 
(8) Samhara Bhairava

What Says The Legend

According to the Legends, on this day Lord Shiva in the avatar of Mahakaleshwar, minced off Brahma’s fifth head and performed penance. When it comes so as to why he did this act, there are several legends. According to one of such legends, the Trimurti, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva had an argument over the reason - who is the most powerful. During that argument, Brahma made a remark which infuriated Lord Shiva. He formed Bhairava from his body and ordered him to cut off Brahma’s head.

Rituals Performed

  1. On this day, devotees of Shiva get up early, take bath and offer prayers.
  2. Tarpan is performed and dead ancestors are remembered and honored.
  3. On the day of Kalashtami, Staunch devotees of Shiva do not sleep and listen or read stories of Mahakaleshwar.
  4. As Kal Bhairava's vehicle is a black dog, therefore people feed dogs on this day. 

Why Observe Kaal Bhairav Jayanti

Worshipping Lord Bhairav brings harmony and peace in the family, maintains health and provides resistance against health troubles. One can get relief from all problems by reading Kaal Bhairav Strot, Bhairav Tantrokta, Batuk Bhairav Brahma Kawach and Batuk Bhairav Kawach.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pradosh Vrat - Get the blessings Of the Supreme Lord Shiva

Karma is the one thing many fear about and if there is a chance to set it right, then why wouldn’t anybody do it. Pradosh Vrat is one such devine chance to ask the Lord to burn the sins and give a bright future ahead. 

Pradosh Vrat is a fast observed to get the blessings of the supreme Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pradosh fast is observed during the sandhyakal of both Shukla and Krishna Paksha of the Lunar calendar. 

The Supreme couple Shiva & Parvati

Significance Of Pradosh Vrat

Pradosh also spelled as Pradosham or Pradosha is observed as a way to get rid of all the sins committed in the past life and obtain moksha in the present life (Kalyug). This vrat will rid you from all the bad vibes clogging your mind and give you a clear spiritual awakening. 

There are different types of Pradosh Vrats, but the most important ones are Shani Pradosham, Soma Pradosham and Maha Pradosham.

Shani Pradosham is one which falls on Saturdays, Soma Pradosham is one which falls on Mondays and Maha Pradosham is one which falls on the day before Maha Shivrathri. If the Pardosham falls on a Tuesday then it is called Bhauma Pradosham. 

It is believed that this is the time when all the Devas and Devtas come to Earth to bless all the universal beings and rid them of their sins and miseries. 

Legend Behind Pradosh Vrat 


Legend says that, during the Churning of the ocean of Milk by the devas and the asuras, the serpent King Vasuki underwent a lot pain. This lead to him spitting out poison into the ocean which led to chaos among the devas and asuras. The poison got mixed with the ocean and posed a threat to the whole universe. All the devas turned to Lord Shiva for help, so Lord Shiva on hearing the cries of the devas and mankind, collected the poison in a pot and drank the poison called halahal. Goddess Parvati made the poison freeze in his throat thus making his throat blue in color. This incident got Lord Shiva the name Neelakanta. This gesture of Lord shiva saved the universe from destruction. 

As such every month Pradosh Vrat is observed to please Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and get their blessings to lead a life filled with happiness and contentment.