Maniam PS Reward Points : 187500 Member Since : Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Shivaratri is widely observed in many shiva temples scattered over the northeastern region of Assam. Large fairs are held in connection with this festival at Uma Nanda Temple of Guwahati, Mahabhairav Temple, Singari, Viswanath and Nagsankar temples of Tezpur and Sivadol of Sibsagar. 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 the goal more swiftly and avoid rebirth. Traditional flower offering to a LingamShiva Chaturdashi or the 14th day of phalguna is the day when devotees throng to these temples in their thousands to worship Shiva with leaves of bel bael , flowers, coconuts, curds, honey, ghee and pots of water or milk which they pour over the linga.
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Anju Malhotra Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The festival of Mahashivaratri is dedicated to a deity whose origins are lost in the hoary past. But the practices that are associated with Mahashivaratri are eloquent in themselves. Apart from the fast observed on that day and the special prayers that are offered to the Lord of Kailas - the destroyer - the essential ritual is of fermenting bhang an intoxicating beverage. Only when devotees intoxicated with bhang dance themselves to a feverish pitch is Mahashivaratri considered to have been celebrated in it s true spirit . His apparel is made of animal skins and animal furs, his trident trishul essentially a hunter s weapon, the tiger skin on which he is seated, his strong taste for fermented drinks are all suggestive of the origin of Mahashivratri in a lifestyle of a hunter s society at a primitive stage of evolution. Lingering evidence of this is seen, directly or indirectly, in the method of celebrating the festival devoted to Shiva in whose memory we celebrate Mahashivaratri.
Mahashivratri, the Great Night of Shiva is the most significant event in India`s spiritual calendar. It is one of the most traditional festival in India which is celebrated in all corners of India. People worship God Shankar on the day of Shivratri.
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