India is rejoicing the spiritual yearning towards Lord Shiva during Maha Shivratri on 11 March 2021. Maha Shivratri a significant Hindu festival, celebrating the nativity and might of Lord Shiva every year.
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This is the day when Adiyogi or the “First Guru” awoke from his consciousness at the material level of life. Some theories also suggest that Lord Shiva married Parvati on this day. During the night of Maha Shivratri, Lord Shiva performed the heavenly dance of creation, conservation, and destruction.
Maha Shivratri is the day Lord Shiva after thousands of years of meditation, united with Kailash for the ascetics, which is when he became Achaleshwara. That is why fasting and meditation is a vital part of worship. Lord Shiva symbolizes mental power while Maha Shivratri is a perfect time for energetic meditation and expanding mindfulness.
Due to the Covid 19 protocol and rising virus infections, special arrangements have been made in every well-known temple in India. The devotees will not be allowed to join the temple for the first time at the Trimbakeshwar Temple in Maharashtra. Babulnath Temple in Mumbai will also remain closed for devotees on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. Special Poojas or prayers will continue inside the temple by the Priest.
Devotees can then offer the prayers at their homes. Many prefer to chant Vedic Mantras which practically helps to find a sense of tranquillity and spiritual awakening. Especially, Meditative practices like guided meditations and mental exercises performed during this time bring with it a profound sense of serenity and awakening.
May your prayers be granted by Lord Shiva. Happy Maha Shivratri!