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❄ Maha Shivratri Puja ❄

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Introduction

In the auspicious month of Phalgun, as the spring is arriving, a joyful festival is about to begin. On the 14th day of every lunar month, the auspicious festival of shivaratri is celebrated. There are 12 Shivaratris in a year and 1 Maha shivaratri. On the night before the new moon in the month of February or March, the Night of the Lord Shiva, Mahashivratri, with utmost spiritual significance is celebrated. Mahashivratri is on 13th February this year.

In Indian yogic tradition and some tradition of Tantra, Shiva is not treated as a demigod like other demigods in his worldly form known as Shambhu, Shankar, Mahesha or Mahadev. He is rather known as the teacher of all the teachers as the first guru, the one from which all the knowledge has descended onto the humanity and the yogic tradition began from him. The yogic tradition is not only the one with all the yoga and asana, but also the path of the self-realization.

Thus, Mahashivratri is celebrated in various forms by various categories of people. Worldly person celebrate Mahashivratri as the anniversary of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. A person with some spiritual sense celebrates this day as the day when Shiva attained victory over all of his enemies.

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History behind Mahashivratri

Generally Mahashivratri is celebrated as the anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as the night of their wedding but, there are many stories in various text and scriptures describing why Mahashivratri is celebrated.

One of the story from Shiv Puran (Vidhyeshwar Samhita Chapter 6) states that when Lord Brahma woke up from his deep meditative slumber, he wished to find out who was greatest and the supreme. Later on, Lord Brahma saw Lord Vishnu, and they both begin to argue with each other about who is supreme and creator of each other. This argument took a furious from and seeing that, Lord Sada Shiva emerged in the form of a giant fiery Jyoti linga and a voice came from it saying that whoever will find the top or bottom of this Jyoti linga will be considered as the supreme in all. Hearing this, Lord Vishnu and Brahma agreed. Lord Vishnu took the form of a varaha and Brahma took the form of swan and decided that

one will go upwards while the other will go downwards to search the bottom and top of this Jyoti linga.

Lord Vishnu decided to go downloads to find the base of the Jyoti linga and Lord Brahma decided to ascend upwards to find the top of the Shiv linga. Millions of years had passed but no one was able to find the top or the bottom of Shiv linga. Lord Vishnu had understood that whoever is this Jyoti linga is the supreme in us and decided to rest his journey to find the bottom of the lingam returning back to the place where he started where as Brahma saw the flower named as Ketaki and thought that he would use this flower as a witness to prove that he had found the top of the Jyoti linga and so he said to Ketaki that you have to be my witness and clarify that I have found the top of this Jyoti linga. Ketaki agreed and Lord Brahma begin to go down backwards from the point where the both started.

Lord Vishnu accepted his defeat and said that I couldn’t find the base of this Jyoti linga while Brahma laughed at him and said that he has found the top of this Jyoti linga and here is my witness this Ketaki flowers which I found at the top of this Jyoti linga. As soon as Brahma said this, a raging voice came from the Jyoti linga and Shiva emerged in his glorious form of Shambhsadashiva.

Brahma saw Shiva and said that he is the one who found the top of this Jyoti linga and here is my witness. Shiva became furious and told him that he is telling lies. Being angry on Brahma, Shiva cursed Brahma that he will never be worshipped by any human in temples and Lord Shiva also cursed the flower Ketaki that you will never be used in my worship.

Lord Shiva blessed Lord Vishnu and gave him a boon that he shall always be the highest to be worshiped by all. As the day on which Shiva manifested in this form was the 14th day of this lunar month thus after that, this day was known as Mahashivratri.

Another story states that on this day, Shiva drank the poison from the Samudra Manthan and saved the word from devastation. That is why this day is celebrated as Mahashivratri.

In Shivaism tradition, this is the night when Shiva performed the glorious dance of creation and that is why this day is celebrated as Mahashivratri.

Significance

Whatever might have happened in the history behind the celebration of this day and stories may differ but, the procedure of celebration is almost the same everywhere. Everyone observes the fast, worship and chant the sacred hymns and mantras of Lord Shiva on this day. Shiv linga is worshipped by pouring water on this day and a proper fasting is observed whole night long. In Shiva yogic traditions, meditation and chanting is done to please Shiva in hopes to attain boons from him for the whole period. This is the night to purify oneself from all the unwanted things or sins that have been done in ignorance unknowingly or out of understanding.

Science behind Mahashivratri

As per the scientific reasons, on this day, the northern hemisphere of the Earth is in such a position that the energy or the centrifugal force of the Earth begins to move upward and that’s why in yogic tradition, it is stated that no one should sit, lie or sleep with their spine bent and not straight upwards on the night of Mahashivratri so that everyone can have the benefits of this upsurge of energy.

How Mahashivratri is celebrated

According to Garuda Purana, one should worship Shiva before the Shivratri on the 13th (Trayodashi) of the month and on the 14th (Chaturdashi) one should observe fast on Mahashivratri.

According to Shiva Purana and Garuda Purana, one should offer bael leaves, flower of Aak, leaves of marijuana or bhang on Shiva Lingam on this day.

There are many ways in which Mahashivratri can be celebrated in various traditions with different styles. The most general tradition of celebrating Mahashivratri is to observe fast on the day and night and break the fast on the next day after sunrise at the time of its paran (time when Chaturdashi/period of fasting ends).

People should get up early and get pure by having a bath. After that, they must visit Shivalaya, the Shiva temple and perform sacred rites of simple Rudrabhisheka (watering the Shiva Lingam) with different things, various kind of fruits and especially with bael leaves which are offered on Shiv linga. People chant the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” as much as possible the whole day and night. There are many other people who chant sacred hymns of Lord Shiva, Puranas and

Upanishad related to Lord Shiva and meditate upon his names through Shiva Sahasranama Stotram. Those who cannot observe the whole day and night fast can observe the night fast while meals of fruit or juices, falahar can be taken.

Traditional way: In Hindu cosmology, a day is divided into 8 segments known as prahar, each having 3 hours. Thus 4 units/segments are of the day and 4 are of the night.

Mahashivratri is celebrated in the 4 units of the night. Each prahar contains 3 hours in which we have to perform worship of Lord Shiva’s various forms. The worship is done 4 times in the whole night in each prahar with the help of simple Rudrabhisheka and prayers.

Simple and Household Pooja Samagri Items needed: 1. Pure cow’s ghee 2. Cotton wick and earthen/metal lamp 3. Fruits 4. Flowers (excluding Ketaki) preferably white 5. Panchamrita (Ghee, Sugar, Honey, Milk and Curd) 6. Gangaajal 7. Bael leaves 8. Unbroken rice 9. Bell and incenses 10. Prasad (cooked items in purity without garlic and onions) 11. Any of these items: Supari, Mishri, Honey, Rudraksha, White chandan etc.

Puja Vidhi: One should get up early in the morning and have a bath, then should go to a Shiva temple or in case performing Puja at home, keep the items in front of a Shiv linga placed facing the east direction. Shiva Lingam placed in home should not be more than the size of the first part of the thumb of house owner.

One should do normal worshipping of Lord Shiva in the morning with his prayers or mantras such as the panchakshri mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra etc.

One can recite various hymns and texts related to Shiva, the Shiva chalisa, Shivashtakam, Shiva Stavan, Shivaarti etc.

Timings of the each Prahar may differ from place to place and timings for Pooja can also differ from place to place the city is advised to check online the timings of your place for each Prahar.

In the first prahar at the evening:

*Either you go to the Shiva temple or if you are performing the Pooja at home gather all the items in front of Shiva Lingam placed in a bronze or copper plate.

*Light the incense and pure ghee lamp, ring the bell and keep the prasad beside the Shiv linga.

*Read the prayers, Stotram, Chalisa or whatever you wish to chant/read except the Aarti if you wish to perform the worship in all 4 Prahars otherwise if you are going to offer just one time worship at the evening, it is better to end it with the Aarti.

After that the simple mantra of the first prahar can be:

श्री शिवाय नमः Shree Shivaya namah

Offer a little water on Shiv linga while chanting the mantra with happy and calm mind.

Offer one by one all the items: *Chandan *Unbroken rice *Flowers *Incense *Ghee lamp light *Naivedya (little Prasad and fruits and all other edible items)

Remember that this Naivedya is strictly forbidden to be taken to eat for the self, except for the prasad kept beside the Shiv linga out of which a little part should be offered of each item to the Shiv linga.

Then offer the small bath of Gangajal and Panchamrita on Shiv linga.

Dispose everything in a bucket and keep it outside of your home and clean the Shiv linga and then perform simple Rudrabhisheka by watering the Shiv linga. And put that water in the bucket.

Now keep chanting this mantra as long as possible for 3 hours while doing your normal day work.

2nd Prahar: With same procedure, carry on the worship of Shiv linga with this mantra:

श्री शंकराय नमः श्री साम्भसदाशिवाय नमः Shree Shankarai Namah Shree SambhSada Shivaya Namah

3rd Prahar: With same procedure, carry on the worship of Shiv linga with this mantra:

श्री महेश्वराय नमः Shree Maheshwaraay Namah

Last Prahar: With same procedure, carry on the worship of Shiv linga with this mantra:

श्री रुद्राय नमः Shree Rudraya Namah

Now when it is the time to break the fast perform the final worship and prayer to Lord Shiva offer him the fresh food which you are going to break your fast with and then break your fast after performing the Shiv Puja and Aarti. First distributing the Prasad to everyone and then breaking your fast with the prasad and food.

Dispose all the items offered to Shiv linga whole night some place where people may not get in contact with it for some time under a tree or plant.

Shastric Puja Vidhi

The shastric puja Vidhi for Lord Shiva’s Mahashivratri includes Shri Kalash Sthapan, Sri Shiv linga Sthapana, Avahan, Swastivachan, Shodashopchar Puja, Maha Rudrabhisheka, Sri Shiva Sahasranama Paath, Sri Rudri Paath, Sri Rudra Puja, Sri Shiv Parvati Puja, Purnahuti, Homa and Visarjan.

Mantras for Maha Shivratri

A few of the short prayers for Lord Shiva are:

1) नागेंद्रहाराय त्रिलोचनाय भस्मांग रागाय महेश्वराय नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगंबराय तस्मे न काराय नम: शिवाय:॥

मंदाकिनी सलिल चंदन चर्चिताय नंदीश्वर प्रमथनाथ महेश्वराय मंदारपुष्प बहुपुष्प सुपूजिताय तस्मे म काराय नम: शिवाय:॥

शिवाय गौरी वदनाब्जवृंद सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय श्री नीलकंठाय वृषभद्धजाय तस्मै शि काराय नम: शिवाय:॥

अवन्तिकायां विहितावतारं मुक्तिप्रदानाय च सज्जनानाम्। अकालमृत्यो: परिरक्षणार्थं वन्दे महाकालमहासुरेशम्।।

2) ॐ वन्दे देव उमापतिं सुरगुरुं, वन्दे जगत्कारणम् l वन्दे पन्नगभूषणं मृगधरं, वन्दे पशूनां पतिम् ll वन्दे सूर्य शशांक वह्नि नयनं, वन्दे मुकुन्दप्रियम् l वन्दे भक्त जनाश्रयं च वरदं, वन्दे शिवंशंकरम् ll

3) ॐ मृत्युंजयाय रुद्राय नीलकण्ठाय शम्भवे l अमृतेशाय शर्वाय महादेवाय ते नम: ll

Puja Timings for Mahashivratri

The puja for Mahashivratri can be done throughout the day as Lord Shiva doesn’t take any offenses done in his puja. The best time would be in Brahma Muhurtam i.e. 5:40 AM to 07:10 AM on 13th February 2018 and from the sunset i.e. 07:10 PM onwards till 07:10 AM of 14th February 2018.

♻️ Why we celebrate Teej ♻️

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The Hariyali Teej festival is celebrated to remember the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the day when Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife. Goddess Parvati fasted and was austere for many years and was accepted by Lord Shiva as his wife in her 108 birth. Hence, Teej is celebrated to honor the devotion of Parvati, who is also known as Teej Mata. Teej also welcomes the monsoon and observed in the month of Shravan.

Celebration of Teej

While ritual fasting is central to Teej, the festival is marked by colorful celebrations, especially by the womenfolk, who enjoy swing rides, song and dance. Swings are often hung from trees or placed in the courtyard of homes and decked with flowers. Young girls and married women apply mehendi or henna tattoos on this auspicious occasion. Women wear beautiful sarees and adorn themselves with jewellary, and visit temples to offer their special prayers to goddess Parvati. A special sweet called ‘ghewar’ is prepared and distributed as Prasad or divine offering.

 

❄️Why Hanuma called an incarnation of Lord Shiva❄️

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A beautiful apsara in court of Lord Brahma was cursed by a sage that, the moment she fell in love her face would transform to that of a monkey. Lord Brahma thought of helping her and she took birth on Earth. Later, Anjana fell in love with Kesari, the monkey king and they both married each other. Being a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva, she continued with her tapasya to please the God. Lord Shiva was impressed and she wished him to be her son so that she would be freed from the curse of the sage.

Few days later, King Dashrath was performing a yagna after which the sage gave him kheer to feed all his wives. A portion of Kaushlya, his eldest wife, was snatched by a kite who flew all the way

where Anjana was meditating. Lord Vayu on the signal of Lord Shiva kept the khee are in Anjana’s hand.Thinking it as Lord Shiva’s Prasad, Anjana ate it and thus gave birth to his incarnation – Pawan Putra Hanuman , the son of the Lord of the Winds.

Saawan Somwaar puja

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The month of Shravan or Saawan is considered to be most dear to Lord Shiva, an exalted devotee of Lord Sri Krishna. As per Brahma Samhita (5.45)

क्षीरं यथा दधि विकार-विशेष-योगात्
सञ्जायते न हि ततः पृथग् अस्ति हेतोः |
यः शम्भुताम् अपि तथा समुप्ऐति कार्याद्
गोविन्दम् आदि-पुरुषं तम् अहं भजामि ||

Just as milk is transformed into curd by the action of acids, but yet the effect curd is neither same as, nor different from, its cause, viz., milk, so I adore the primeval Lord Govinda of whom the state of Shambhu is a transformation for the performance of the work of destruction.

In Adi Puran, Lord Shiva tells her wife Uma that out of all the worships, the worship of Lord Vishnu is supreme and superior to the same is the worship of his dear devotee. Therefore, in order to get the blessings of a happy life, one must worship the devotees of Lord Hari, i.e. Lord Shiva who is the master of the dull headed and fallen people of the age of hypocrisy. Those who don’t have faith in Lord Hari’s Holy name, they must pray to Lord Shiva to bless them and guide them.

In the month of Shravan, lord Shiva becomes especially merciful towards his devotees and by a little sincere devotion to him, one can easily please him. Simply by offering him the things dear to him, he can be pleased very easily and his blessings can be sought.

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Savan Somwar Vrat Katha

किसी नगर में एक साहूकार रहता था। उसके घर में धन की कोई कमी नहीं थी लेकिन उसकी कोई संतान नहीं थी जिस वजह से वह बेहद दुखी था। पुत्र प्राप्ति के लिए वह प्रत्येक सोमवार व्रत रखता था और पूरी श्रद्धा के साथ शिवालय में जाकर भगवान शिव और पार्वती जी की पूजा करता था। उसकी भक्ति देखकर मां पार्वती प्रसन्न हो गई और भगवान शिव से उस साहूकार की मनोकामना पूर्ण करने का निवेदन किया। पार्वती जी की इच्छा सुनकर भगवान शिव ने कहा कि “हे पार्वती। इस संसार में हर प्राणी को उसके कर्मों के अनुसार फल मिलता है और जिसके भाग्य में जो हो उसे भोगना ही पड़ता है।” लेकिन पार्वती जी ने साहूकार की भक्ति का मान रखने के लिए उसकी मनोकामना पूर्ण करने की इच्छा जताई। माता पार्वती के आग्रह पर शिवजी ने साहूकार को पुत्र-प्राप्ति का वरदान तो दिया लेकिन साथ ही यह भी कहा कि उसके बालक की आयु केवल बारह वर्ष होगी।

माता पार्वती और भगवान शिव की इस बातचीत को साहूकार सुन रहा था। उसे ना तो इस बात की खुशी थी और ना ही गम। वह पहले की भांति शिवजी की पूजा करता रहा। कुछ समय उपरांत साहूकार के घर एक पुत्र का जन्म हुआ। जब वह बालक ग्यारह वर्ष का हुआ तो उसे पढ़ने के लिए काशी भेज दिया गया।

साहूकार ने पुत्र के मामा को बुलाकर उसे बहुत सारा धन दिया और कहा कि तुम इस बालक को काशी विद्या प्राप्ति के लिए ले जाओ और मार्ग में यज्ञ कराओ। जहां भी यज्ञ कराओ वहीं पर ब्राह्मणों को भोजन कराते और दक्षिणा देते हुए जाना।

दोनों मामा-भांजे इसी तरह यज्ञ कराते और ब्राह्मणों को दान-दक्षिणा देते काशी की ओर चल पड़े। राते में एक नगर पड़ा जहां नगर के राजा की कन्या का विवाह था। लेकिन जिस राजकुमार से उसका विवाह होने वाला था वह एक आंख से काना था। राजकुमार के पिता ने अपने पुत्र के काना होने की बात को छुपाने के लिए एक चाल सोची। साहूकार के पुत्र को देखकर उसके मन में एक विचार आया। उसने सोचा क्यों न इस लड़के को दूल्हा बनाकर राजकुमारी से विवाह करा दूं। विवाह के बाद इसको धन देकर विदा कर दूंगा और राजकुमारी को अपने नगर ले जाऊंगा।

लड़के को दूल्हे का वस्त्र पहनाकर राजकुमारी से विवाह कर दिया गया। लेकिन साहूकार का पुत्र एक ईमानदार शख्स था। उसे यह बात न्यायसंगत नहीं लगी। उसने अवसर पाकर राजकुमारी की चुन्नी के पल्ले पर लिखा कि “तुम्हारा विवाह मेरे साथ हुआ है लेकिन जिस राजकुमार के संग तुम्हें भेजा जाएगा वह एक आंख से काना है। मैं तो काशी पढ़ने जा रहा हूं।”

जब राजकुमारी ने चुन्नी पर लिखी बातें पढ़ी तो उसने अपने माता-पिता को यह बात बताई। राजा ने अपनी पुत्री को विदा नहीं किया जिससे बारात वापस चली गई। दूसरी ओर साहूकार का लड़का और उसका मामा काशी पहुंचे और वहां जाकर उन्होंने यज्ञ किया। जिस दिन लड़के की आयु 12 साल की हुई उसी दिन यज्ञ रखा गया। लड़के ने अपने मामा से कहा कि मेरी तबीयत कुछ ठीक नहीं है। मामा ने कहा कि तुम अन्दर जाकर सो जाओ।

शिवजी के वरदानुसार कुछ ही क्षणों में उस बालक के प्राण निकल गए। मृत भांजे को देख उसके मामा ने विलाप शुरू किया। संयोगवश उसी समय शिवजी और माता पार्वती उधर से जा रहे थे। पार्वती ने भगवान से कहा- प्राणनाथ, मुझे इसके रोने के स्वर सहन नहीं हो रहा। आप इस व्यक्ति के कष्ट को अवश्य दूर करें| जब शिवजी मृत बालक के समीप गए तो वह बोले कि यह उसी साहूकार का पुत्र है, जिसे मैंने 12 वर्ष की आयु का वरदान दिया। अब इसकी आयु पूरी हो चुकी है। लेकिन मातृ भाव से विभोर माता पार्वती ने कहा कि हे महादेव आप इस बालक को और आयु देने की कृपा करें अन्यथा इसके वियोग में इसके माता-पिता भी तड़प-तड़प कर मर जाएंगे। माता पार्वती के आग्रह पर भगवान शिव ने उस लड़के को जीवित होने का वरदान दिया| शिवजी की कृपा से वह लड़का जीवित हो गया। शिक्षा समाप्त करके लड़का मामा के साथ अपने नगर की ओर चल दिए। दोनों चलते हुए उसी नगर में पहुंचे, जहां उसका विवाह हुआ था। उस नगर में भी उन्होंने यज्ञ का आयोजन किया। उस लड़के के ससुर ने उसे पहचान लिया और महल में ले जाकर उसकी आवभगत की और अपनी पुत्री को विदा किया।

इधर भूखे-प्यासे रहकर साहूकार और उसकी पत्नी बेटे की प्रतीक्षा कर रहे थे। उन्होंने प्रण कर रखा था कि यदि उन्हें अपने बेटे की मृत्यु का समाचार मिला तो वह भी प्राण त्याग देंगे परंतु अपने बेटे के जीवित होने का समाचार पाकर वह बेहद प्रसन्न हुए। उसी रात भगवान शिव ने व्यापारी के स्वप्न में आकर कहा- हे श्रेष्ठी, मैंने तेरे सोमवार के व्रत करने और व्रतकथा सुनने से प्रसन्न होकर तेरे पुत्र को लम्बी आयु प्रदान की है।

जो कोई सोमवार व्रत करता है या कथा सुनता और पढ़ता है उसके सभी दुख दूर होते हैं और समस्त मनोकामनाएं पूर्ण होती हैं।

The Holy Shrine of Amarnath

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The Shiva Linga of Ice

The Holy Shrine of Amarnath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located in a cave on the most challenging of mountainous in Kashmir, India, at an altitude of 12,756 ft, about 141 km from Srinagar. It is situated at the farther end of the Lidder Valley. It can be reached either through Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Sheshnag Panchatarani Route or the Baltal Route, via Sonmarg (the latter being more arduous and difficult but shorter).

The Amarnath Yatra, normally begins on Ashadha Purnima (day of the Full moon in the Month of Ashadha of the Indian Calendar) and ends on Shravana Purnima (day of the full moon in the month of Shravan of the Indian Calendar).

The Shrine of Amarnath Ji is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The ice stalagmite formed inside the cave, is the image of Lord Shiva and is surrounded by and covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of about 45 days in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Thousands of devotees (of all religions) who make an annual pilgrimage to the Cave braving icy winds, rain and climbing forbidding terrain to see the ice stalagmite formed inside the cave. The experience is both breath taking and humbling.

The holy cave a close up view.._

The temple is reported to be about 5,000 years old and was mentioned in ancient Hindu texts. The exact manner of discovery of the cave in modern times is not known. Folklore has it that discovery of this Holy Cave was by a Gujjar (shepherd) Buta Malik, in the 15th Century after it was out of public gaze since the middle ages, may be to avoid the wrath of intolerant rulers/Kings/Emperors of the period.

Contributed By: Dr. Amitava Mukharjee

(He is the most renowned world economist on poverty alleviation and empowerment today. He has long association with United Nations for launching their initiatives on fight against hunger and providing micro assistance to most marginalised societies. He is a great scholar and has been teaching in University of London and Stanford University. He has travelled over 130 Countries and written numerous books. Deeply religious he has visited various holy shrines. We bring you glimpses of his travelogue.)

 

 

The holy shrine of Kedarnath

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The Holy Shrine of Kedarnath (one of the 12 Jyotir Lingas in Hinduism) is a beacon light of India’s most refined secularism. It is situated at a height of 3,583 m (11,755 ft), on the banks of the legendary Mandakini river, a tributary of Ganges. It is an impressive stone edifice of unknown date. The present structure is believed to have been constructed in the 8th century AD and is on a site adjacent to where Pandavas are believed to have built the temple.

It has one Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) and a Mandap and stands on a plateau surrounded by mighty snow clad peaks and glaciers of the towering Himalayan Mountain Range. [One can see the majestic heights of Kedarnath peak 6,940 m (22,769 ft) and Kedar Dome 6,831 m (22,411 ft)].

The first hall inside Kedarnath Temple contains statues of the five Pandava brothers and Draupadi, Lord Krishna, Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva and Virabhadra, one of the guards of Shiva. A medium-size conical rough stone formation is in the Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) is the ruling deity, Lord Kedarnath Ji. It is revered and worshiped as Sadashiva form of Lord Shiva.  Kedarnath, also means the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’, the historical name of the region.

Kedarnath Ji before the Devastataion in 2014_o

The head priest (Raval) of the Kedarnath temple belongs to the Veerashaiva community from Karnataka but pujas are carried out by Raval’s assistants on his instructions. There are five main priests for the temple, and they become head priests for one year by rotation. During Pooja of Lord Shiva at Kedaranath the mantras are pronounced in the Kannada language, a tradition hallowed by a history of hundreds of years.

Adi Shankara was believed to have revived this temple, along with the Holy Shrine of Badrinath..

With one of the Pandas Vinod Tiwari

The temple is opened Akshaya Tritriya to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November). During the winter months, the Vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple and the seat of the Lord are brought to Ukhimath and worshiped there for six months.

Contributed By: Dr. Amitava Mukharjee

(He is the most renowned world economist on poverty alleviation and empowerment today. He has long association with United Nations for launching their initiatives on fight against hunger and providing micro assistance to most marginalised societies. He is a great scholar and has been teaching in University of London and Stanford University. He has travelled over 130 Countries and written numerous books. Deeply religious he has visited various holy shrines. We bring you glimpses of his travelogue.)

The sacred month of Shravan

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The fifth month of the Hindu calendar is called ‘Shravan’ which means ‘to hear’. This is one of the sacred months dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per Astrology, the Shravan constellation is visible in the sky; hence the name is appropriate for the month. The divine and pious month is the best occasion to appease Lord Shiva and her consort Goddess Parvati, which can bring numerous blessings and success among the lives of devotees. In 2016, Shravan month is from 20th July to 18th August.

Story behind Shravan month:

As per renowned stories, the auspicious ‘Samudra Manthan’- war between Gods and demons, took place in this sacred moth. Lord Shiva drank the poison ‘Halahal’ to save the entire humanity from evil destruction; and stored it in his throat. It is also said that to reduce the effect of the poison, all the Gods (Devs) offered the holy water of Ganges to Lord Shiva.

Since then the Shivling, which radiate immense energy gathered during samudra manthan, is offered Ganges water by the devotees throughout the month. It is believed that offering water to Lord Shiva’s symbol leads to the relaxation of the high negative effect of the consumed poison and it pleases Him. As you shower water on the Shivling, the malefic effects of the high radiated heat is prevented on the worshipper.

Significance of each day in Shravan month:

  • Monday is the day of Lord Shiva worship.
  • Tuesday Goddess Parvati is worshipped by females for the good health of their family.
  • Wednesday are dedicated to Vithala, avatar of Lord Vishnu.
  • Thursday is the day to worship Lord Buddh.
  • Friday Devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi and Tulsi.
  • Saturday is for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays, with the object of object of obtaining wealth. These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays).
  • Sundays are for worshipping the Sun god.

Fasting and adoring Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is considered highly propitious during Shravan month. Performing Rudrabhishek Puja and chanting Maha Mrityuanjay mantras dispels ignorance by spreading the light of knowledge, and blesses the beings with wisdom and happiness.

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