Mahashivratri 2010 | USsPost.com
February 11, 2010 by Post Team
Mahashivratri 2010 | USsPost.com:The festival of Maha Shivaratri 2010 is to be celebrated on the 12th February 2010 in Mauritius and India but also among other Hindu of the world. Maha Shivaratri in Mauritius is indeed a a major festival for the Hindu community and pilgrims have already started to walk toward Grand Bassin today itself.
maha shivaratri 2010
Maha Shivratree means the grand night of Shiva. Obviously ceremonies take place on a moonless night during the Krishna Paksha in the hindu month of paigun. Just to clarify the hindi terms, Krishna Paksha means dark fortnight of Palguna (month of February) and this is the reason for celebrating Maha Shivratree in February.
Maha Shivratree is observed in the honor of the hindu Lord Shiva who was married to Maa Parvati on this particular day.
Legends behind Shivratree
Shiva Lord of Dance
Maha Shivratree is the night where Lord Shiva performed the violent dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction known as Tandava.
Shiva the Lord of Lords
It is believed that Lord Vishnu and Lord Bramha argued over each other divine powers and Lord Shiva challenged both entities. Lord Shiva metamorphosed as the flaming Linga and neither Lord Vishnu nor Lord Bramha could measure the phenomenal linga. Lord Shiva came out of the linga and declared himself as the most powerful. Thus, Maha Shivratree means the grand night of Shiva.
Shiva marriage with Sati was opposed by King Daksha. Followed by a holy sacrifice (yagnya) King Daksha ignored Lord Shiva and the insult was unbearable by Sati. In a gesture of extreme anger Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire. Upon the death of his beloved, Shiva unleashed his fury and performed the Tandava. Gods then feared the end of the universe and revived Sati as a new avatar of Maa Parvati. Shiva- Parvati union is celebrated on Maha Shivratree.
Maha Shivratree is celebrated in a fervent way by Hindus with continuous prayers and mantras all night long. Since ancient time people still believe in the legend behind Maha Shivratree and I would not say that it is only a faith but also a reason for many to live.
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