The Maha Shivaratri is the night of Lord Shiva. It’s an auspicious day being the chaturdasi of Krishna Paksha, a day before the New Moon. The day signifies the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Devotees honour, glorify and worship the primal atman through sanctifying rituals and festivities. It’s a very auspicious day for superior blessings of the Lord who grants freedom from sins, blesses with moksha. According to religious scriptures, all planets are favorable during this time and have a profound impact on all. A true devotee is blessed with health, wealth, success and is freed from all problems and sins. Vedicfolks special ceremonies on Maha Shivaratri will bring you closer to the lord and shower you with innumerable grace on the day. The ceremonies for Maha Shivaratri will be conducted from 6 PM to 6 AM, March 1 T0 2, 2022.
The Mritunjaya Japa is very rejuvenating so much so that Lord Shiva blesses you with immense good health and brings back to life those fighting major diseases and sickness. It slows down death by conquering it. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a very powerful one and it’s chanting overcomes untimely death. It conquers death. It’s also called the Maha Sanjeevani mantra and grants new life to a person suffering chronic diseases and ailments.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam|
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrtyor Mukshiya Mamritaat॥
The Rudram Chamakam is the most potent of all prayers to worship Lord Shiva. The Sri Rudram is a hymn offered to the all-pervading Brahman, one of the trinities, and the ever powerful Rudra. His presence is felt in the smallest of being to the higher forms, from benign to terrible.
As the name reads, Sri Rudram originated from Krishna Yajur Veda in the Taithreeya Samhita. It consists of two parts the namakam has verses ending with nama and chamakam has verses ending with ‘cha may’. It asks for supreme fulfillments of humans desires. So, the namakam identifies Rudra with everything and chamakam lists out the blessing one receives from the Lord.
The power of rudram is such that a person who recites this highly blessed verses once becomes pure instantly and the place where he lives becomes free of diseases, thefts, illnesses and drought. It also leads to achieving worldly pleasures and liberation.
Rudrabhishekam pleases Lord Shiva immensely. It involves Abhishekam for Lord Shiva with sacred materials like milk, tender coconut water, honey, holy ash, sandal, oil etc. It eliminates evil spirits, radiates positive vibrations. It helps to eliminate sins, grants peace, removes stumbling blocks, and grants resources and wealth, happy life. In doing the ritual, one purifies the five senses namely vision that denotes water, taste that stands for earth, hearing is fire, smell denotes ether and touch symbolizes air.
This is the ultimate puja to Lord Shiva and also grants huge blessings to the devotee.
Since Vedic times, the conch has found a special place in most events and rituals. It is a spiritual aid that radiates with the sound Om and represent life forms that have reached high spiritual levels by leading selfless lives. The conch or shank represents the power of Om. They reduce negative vibrations and give steadiness of the mind. It has spiritual potency to purify the body and mind. Offering sacred water on the linga with 108 such conches improves well-being, removes sorrows, fear and problems, grants wealth and long life, rids illnesses, blesses offspring, increases knowledge and frees from debts.
Ekadasa means 11 and Eka Dasa Rudra are eleven forms of Rudra or Shiva. The highly powerful ritual invokes the 11 forms in agni or fire for getting various boons. Mahadeva, Shiva, Maha Rudra, Shankara, Neelaholita, Eshana Rudra, Vijaya Rudra, Bheema Rudra, Devadeva, Bhavodbhava, Adityatmaka Rudra are the eleven forms of Rudra. Their consorts are Dhee Devi, Dhritti Devi, Ushna (Rasala) Devi, Uma Devi, Neeyut Devi, Sarpi Devi, Eela Devi, Ambika Devi, Iravati Devi, Sudha Devi and Deeksha Devi.
The Ekadasa anuvakams consists of eleven sections of Namakam – with repeated use of the word namo – which invoke and worship the various names and attributes of Lord Shiva. The Ekadasa anuvakams of Chamakam comprises repeated use of the words ‘cha me’, which lists wishes of the devotee.
The homa comprises of two steps the namakam and chamakam. Lord Shiva is supreme consciousness who is eternal and all pervasive. He is called upon to favour the devotee and forget his anger. The hymns sing glory of the Lord of Destruction to give wisdom, health and energy. This is a perfect tribute to the Lord on Maha Shivaratri and propels all round peace and success in every undertaking.
Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraay|
Katame Rudra Iti Dasheme Purushe Praanaa Atmaikadashah Te Yadasmat॥
Martyaacchreeradtkramanti Atha Rodanti Tad Yad Rodayanti Tasmad Rudra Iti
Ekambareshwar Temple in Kanchipuram is one of the pancha bhoota stalam of Lord Shiva that represents the earth element. According to Vedic texts, Goddess Parvati (Kamakshi) made a linga of sand – Prithvi lingam and worshipped it under a mango tree. To test the goddess’ devotion, Lord Shiva created a flood that threatened to destroy the linga but Parvati embraced it and saved it from destruction. Lord Shiva is also called Tazhuva Kuzhainthaar which means the one who melted in the embrace. A puja in this temple helps to gain knowledge, cure for diseases, and acquire comforts of life, wealth and salvation.
A very powerful symbol of Lord Shiva, the lingam is a representation of the union of a primordial energy of the Shakti with divine consciousness that is Lord Shiva. It connotes a column of light that has no beginning or end. An energized Shiva lingam has the power to radiate positive vibrations around you of peace, harmony and oneness. It can also be used as an instrument of mediation and the energy from it transcends one to the realm of bliss and spiritual revelation and growth. It gives prosperity, protection and contentment.