Vedic Yagya Center Newsletter February 2010

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Special Yagya for Maha Shiva Rathri Day February 12th, 2010

Maha Shivratri, commonly known as The Great Night of Shiva, is a festival celebrated every year on the 13th day/13th night, on 14th after sunrise in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha in the Vedic Calendar (that is, the night before and the new moon day). Festival of Maha Shivaratri is the most important festival for the countless devotees of Lord Shiva. This Year the Shivaratri day is marked on the 12th February, 2010. Click to sponsor – MS Word or PDF.

Significance of Maha Shivratri

Shivaratri has tremendous importance in the Vedic calendar and has many significances. Maha Shivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the Maha Tandava. Another major significance is that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati. This is the reason many temples also celebrate this Holy day with the ‘Shiva Partvati Kalyanam’ (Holy Matrimony) ritual. Yet another reason is that during the ‘Amrutha Mathanam’ (Churning of the ocean of Milk), Lord Shiva saved the entire creation from the deadly poison by swallowing it himself. This has caused Lord Shiva great pain but saved the entire creation from destruction. Hence this day is observed in honor of Lord Shiva and all His dear devotees observe vigil to express their sincere devotion.

According the ancient Holy Scriptures, the special importance of Shivaratri is that Lord Shiva Himself said to the Goddess Parvati that the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Him the most. He announced that those who observe fast and keep vigil all night and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Lingam in his worship will be absolved of all their Sins (Negative Karmas) and will be liberated to attain Moksha. Hence the festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bel (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and all night long vigil. It is also believed that the worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of not only sins from this birth but also past sins being carried forward previous births. After being liberated from these sins, the devotee reaches the abode of Lord Shiva (Shiva Lokam). He is also liberated from the cycle of births and deaths and attains Moksha (salvation).

Maha Shivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival by the women. Women folk observe fast and pray to Lord Shiva with sincerity. This is believed to appease Goddess Parvati, who then bestows the devotees with a happy and long marital bliss.

The ceremonies take place chiefly at night. All the devotees perform the ritual worship of Shivratri with care and devotion. They observe day and night fast and give a sacred bath to Shiva Lingam with Honey, Milk, Curds, Fruit juices and then by Water (this is called Panchamrutha Snanam ) followed by Pooja with Bel leaves, flowers and fruits, then Archana and concludes with Mangala Aarti.

Many Homas and Yagnyas are also performed to mark the event for the devotees’ welfare.

The Vedic Yagya Center is performing a Special Yagnya for Maha Shivratri Day in Kashi (Place where Kashi Vishwanath temple is located, one of the most famous Vedic temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the most sacred and holy city of Varanasi, India). This Yagya is being done by 21 Vedic Pundits one the banks of the Holy Ganges River.

Participation in this Yagya yields for the welfare of the individual and the family with overall benefit to their health and wealth issues and also absolves all their sins (negative karmas) and they will attain Moksha.

Program Details:

1. The first part of the ceremony starts on 12th February, 2010 with the Lord Ganesha Pooja at 8:00 AM followed by the Mahanyasa Poorvaka Laghu Rudrabhishekam and Sahastra Lingarchana (1000 Shiva Lingas). This Program will go on till 2:00 PM.

2. The second part of the ceremony begins in the afternoon at 4:00 PM with Sri Rudra Homam followed by Navgraha Homa for the betterment of Health issues and to Propitiate all the Navagrahas (Nine Planets) for Overall Welfare of the blessed devotees. This ends by 6:00 PM.

3. The third and major part of the ceremony starts at 6:00 PM with Shat Yama Pooja and goes on till 6:00 AM in the morning on the next day. This ceremony then concludes with the Maha Mangal Aarti.

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