Truth, beauty, peace and benevolence are the qualities of Shiva and Mahashivratri is meant to be celebrated in order to attain all these. We all meant to move from conflicts to all these so that we could able to attain spirituality, the very abode of Lord Shiva, on the Mahashivratri.
Mahashivratri is one the largest and sacred festival nights of India. On this darkest night of the year, devotees of Lord Shiva (Shaivites) perform a night long Yagna, some chants the name of the lord and some just meditate, so that they could able to connect with that supreme head of God personality.
Yoga and Meditation are the two things which make this festival complete. One has to perform these two ways to connect with the powers of that Adiyogi (one of the revered forms of Lord Shiva). On this night devotees are meant to stay awake all night and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaay’.
Stories behind this Maha-Shivratri
According to different mouths and scriptures, there are several stories. Some say that on this night Lord Shiva performed a dance of creation on which this whole world rests. Some say that on this night Lord Shiva tied the wed-knot with the Goddess Parvati, for the betterment of this whole world. Some say that a devotee performed a Yagna to make Lord Shiva happy.
The scientific view behind this festive night
On this night of great Lord Shiva, our planet gets a very position so that an upsurge of energy flow naturally through the body. As we all know that our body is made up of several particles and by putting all those particles in a meditative way one can connect to oneself. This is the night on which one can imbibe the positive energy of this world. Basically of Shiva’s energy and can use in making the world more prosperous and rejuvenate.
Significance of Mahashivratri
In every month there is a Shivratri, the darkest night of the month. But this Mahashivratri is the one night which has great importance for the spiritual seeker. This is the night which allows us to dissolve into ourselves and making ourselves the very embodiment of the perfect power.
By staying awake all night and by chanting the hymns, can lead us on the path of liberation and spirituality. Mahashivratri is the festival that gives us an opportunity to get into ourselves and making self-realization.
How to Celebrate Mahashivratri?
According to various minds and different religions, this very festival is celebrated in different manners. Like some took Ganga Jal and with all the reverence, devoured it to the Shiva Lingam. Some just sit at a place and makes the very second of the period, counts in the self-realization.
Fasting serves the detoxification of the body and that makes a mind restless. And mind restlessness is very effective for the meditation.
The true meaning of Mahashivratri is ‘wake the divinity that is deep within you’. And the meditation is the only way which helps in attaining the divinity or the oneness.
Chanting ‘Om Naham Shivaay’
This is the Maha-Mantra for spiritual seekers. This is the Mantra which allows the energy to pass through the body and goes directly to the supreme power. By chanting Om Namah Shivaay one can directly go above this materialistic world and attains the very position in the abode of Lord Shiva.