Maha Shivratri- Know Why it is Celebrated?

Maha Shivratri is a popular Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.

Although there are numerous tales about why this holy festival is celebrated but the popular one says that Goddess Parvati asked Mahadeva which is his favorite day of the year, to which he replied that the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phaalgun is the special day for him, which corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calendar. Hence, the day is celebrated with religious fervor in the honor of Lord Shiva.

On the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri, devotees observe fast throughout the day and pay a visit to Shiva temples. As a part of the cultural tradition, the ritual bath of Shiva Lingam with milk, water, and honey is performed. He is known by many names, Rudra- God of anger, Lord of Kailash – Kailasapathi, Ishwara himself- Purusha, Nataraja- master of dance forms – connoisseurs of art, and the list is endless.

But ever wondered why he is the most uniquely dressed Gods of Hindu mythology?

So, here we are with the significance of Lord Shiva’s ornaments:

Rudraksha

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Sources believe that Rudraksha depicts eyes of Shiva and is supposed to have direct blessings of Lord Shiva that consist of the properties to remove sin and its effects from human body. He is always seen wearing Rudraksha beads on his hands, head, and arms. Scientists believe that wearing these beads can relieve a person from depression, anxiety, and stress.

Damru (Drum)

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Bhole Nath always holds a damru in his hands in a special gesture called, ‘Damru-Hasta’. The drum is in the form of an hourglass shape and when shaken produces a sound known as Nada, the cosmic sound of AUM, which can easily be heard during the process of meditation.  According to the legends, Nada is the base of creation.

Trishula

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Trishula, also called the Trident symbolizes the three powers of knowledge (Jnana), desire (Icchha) and implementation (Kriya). Considered as a deadly weapon of Neelkanth, the trident is said to devastate the three worlds- physical, spiritual, and subtle. Trishula signifies the power to destroy evil.

Om

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Legends find the mention of it in the Upanishads, the Mandukya Upanishad is a text particularly dedicated to OM.  In Hindu mythology, the sound of Om is believed to contain the entire universe within and encompasses the present and the future from the beginning of the sound. It is connected to ajna chakra in the Chakra system.

Third Eye

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Lord Shiva is often referred to as Tryambaka Deva, meaning three-eyed God. The Sun is his right eye, the moon is the left one, and fire is the center eye. The two eyes symbolize the physical world whereas the third is considered the eye of spirituality, which has the ability to see beyond the obvious. It also indicates spiritual knowledge thus known as the eye of wisdom.

Now you know why Lord Shiva is regarded as the symbol of the Supreme Being.

Apart from this, if you want to buy religious jewellery online, particularly Rudraksha beads pendant or bracelet for the upcoming Maha Shivratri festival, then visit Tistabene portal to find some beautifully designed Rudraksha accessories suitable for both men and women.

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