Spiritual Significance of Shivratri

Spiritual Significance of Shivratri

Maha Shivratri, it is one of the major festival and celebrated all over the India.

An auspicious festival of Maha Shivaratri falls on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. The Sanskrit term, Krishna Paksha means the period of waning moon or the dark fortnight and Phalgun corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calendar. Shivaratri Festival is celebrated on a moonless night. On this day, the planetary positions in the Northern hemisphere act as potent catalysts to help a person raise his or her spiritual energy more easily.

RITUALS OF SHIVRATRI

Maha Shivratri means “The Big Night of Lord Shiva”

People observe fast during the day and in the night they worship Lord Shiva, recite hymns, prayers and meditate, and in the morning they open their fast.

Shivalingam is given a special bath with milk, yoghurt, honey, sandalwood paste and rose water. Puja, meditation and chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ accompany the ritual bath. Following the bath, vermilion paste is applied on the Linga. Leaves of bale/wood apple tree are used for Shiva Puja. Ber or jujube fruit and Beetle leaves are a special offering to the God on this day.

“Om Namah Shivaya” is the chant that is repeated by the devotees several times during the day. Chanting the name of the Lord (Naam jap) for a long period of time purifies the mind and heart. It also destroys the past negative karmas or sins. Then love for the Lord develops in a pure heart.

Shiva means the All-knowing, All-powerful, All-pervading universal consciousness. The Almighty (Satguru Bhagwan) alone destroys all evil forces of lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego which enslave us.

Ratri means night/darkness. It symbolizes ignorance, i.e. I am separate from God, the ego.

Upavas means to be with God. And thereby fast or abstain from indulging in vices (vishaya bhoga). That which you cannot offer the Lord, do not eat, that dress which you cannot offer the Lord, do not wear.

Jagaran means to be always alert, awake, living in the moment. Not mixing with the waste or negative thoughts. The Master says to do Naam Jap (chanting God’s name lovingly) as much as you can which protects us from wasteful thinking.

WHY CELEBRATE MAHA SHIVRATRI? WHAT IS ITS SIGNIFICANCE?

1. The absolute formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of “Lingodbhav Moorti” exactly at midnight on Maha Shivratri. That is why all Shiva devotees keep vigil during the night of Shivratri and do “Shivlingam abhishekham” at midnight.

2. Lord Shiva married His consort Parvati on Shivratri. From ‘Nirgun Brahman’ he became ‘Sagun Brahman’ due to the ‘Maya’ power of Parvati, for the purpose of elevation of His devotees. This signifies that God nirakar (formless) becomes Sakaar (form) whom we call SATGURU BHAGWAN, for the upliftment of the devotees.

3. Samudra Manthan Story: On Shivratri, Lord Shiva became ‘Neelkantham’ or the blue-throated by swallowing the deadly poison that came up during ‘the churning of Kshir Sagar’ or Samudra Manthan. The demons and deities joined hands to churn out Amrit (nectar of immortality) from the depths of the ocean. Among many things that came out, a pot of poison came out of the ocean.

Similarly, for a spiritual aspirant whose aim is self realization, the Master under His divine guidance asks him to do saadhna/spiritual practice (Naam jap) during which he is able to see his shortcomings and the negative aspect of mind (desires, anger, greed, attachment, ego, jealousy).

This poison was so potent that it had the power to destroy the whole universe. The poison could not be discarded and neither the deities nor the demons were ready to drink it. At the request of the Gods, Lord Shiva took the poison. The poison was so deadly that even a drop in His stomach, which represents the universe, would have annihilated the entire world. Hence, He held it in His neck, which turned blue due to the effect of poison. By drinking the poison, Shiva sacrificed himself for the safety of his family and humanity.

Similarly, whenever the aspirant shares the negative aspects of mind with the Divine Spiritual Master, the Master out of compassion listens calmly and with unconditional love but does not take it in. He further guides the disciple to move forward on the path of self realization.

IT IS THE IMMENSE GRACE OF SATGURU BHAGWAN WHO TELLS US THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, WHICH NURTURES LOVE AND DEVOTION WITHIN US AND CONNECT US TO THE LORD.

On this day the stars and planetary positions are in such a way that it helps a person to raise his Spiritual energy. Therefore,

Satguru asks each and every disciple to focus more on Name Chanting (Naam Jap) as this will lead to his Spiritual Upliftment.

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  1. Vaishali agrawal ( jaipur)

    Thank you bhagwan Maha shiv ratri ka actual meaning samjhane k liye.

  2. Manju Garg

    गुरु भगवान जी, गुरू मां जी आप को आभार सहित नमन व अनंत अनंत शुक्राने हैं। वर्षों से हम आंख मीच कर बस ऐसे ही त्योहारों को मानते चले आ रहे थे। भगवान जी आप ने इस त्याहोरों का अर्थ व महत्व बताया और हमे भगवान से जोड़ा। उपवास का सच्चा अर्थ बताया। हमे सही समझ दी, ज्ञान दिया और भगवान से प्रेम करना सिखाया।
    सतगुरु आए हैं जग में हमारे लिए,
    प्रेम वर्षा हुई है हमारे लिए……..

  3. Binny Gupta

    Satguru Bhagwan Ji k tahe dil se anant anant anant koti shukrane h, 🍁🍁🍁🌺🌺🌺🙏🙏😃 for uplifting us.

    HARE KRISHNA.!! 🙏

  4. Kanishka khandelwal

    Thanks for sharing this informative blog… apke annat anant sukrane bhagwan ji🙏🏻🙏🏻

  5. Neerja arora

    Bhut hi sunder explanation of the festival Mahashivratri ,spritual meaning pta chlne se bhagwan m shrdha aur prem barta h,aap samay samay pr new jankari dekat hmara utsah brate rhte hein,hridya se shukrane nikalte hein,apke sarv hit k bhav ko naman karte hein,anant anant shukrane hein

  6. Rakhee kandhari

    Thank you Guru bhagwanji for explaining the significance of shivratri so beautifully.

  7. Sonia

    बहुत ही सुंदर लेख है भगवान जी आपके प्रेम के अनंत अनंत शुक्राने हैं।

  8. Jyotsna Rustagi

    Guru Bhagwaan ji ko koti koti naman hai. Bhagwaan ji aapne Maha Shivaratri ke prav ki bahut hi sundar tarike se bataya. Bhagwaan ji aap hi har festival ka sahi significance batate hai. Guru Bhagwaan aur Guru maa ki attahak mehnat ke shukrane 🙏🙏

  9. Girish Khandelwal

    Guru Bhagwaan ke Anant Anant Shukrane hai, Thankful to our Guru Bhagwaan ji for explaining the beautiful spritual significance of ShivRatri!

  10. Rajinder

    अति सुंदर लेख है गुरुभगवांजी।
    शिवरात्रि के संबंध में इस आर्टिकल द्वारा महत्वपूर्ण जानकारी प्राप्त हुई।

  11. Umesh garg

    सारी समझ गुरु जी की हैं, वहीं हमारे विवेक को जागते हैं, आपके प्रेम व करुणा को नमन हैं। shukrane भगवान जी

  12. Pavitra upadhyay

    गुरु भगवांनजी के प्रेम के अनंत अनंत शुकराने हैं आपसे ही सारी जानकारी मिल रही है, आपकी करुणा,निष्काम प्रेम से ही उन्नत हो पाते हैं सतगुरु के रूप में साक्षात् भगवान मिल गए हमें भाग्यशाली बनाया जबसे जीवन में मेरे प्यारे प्यारे प्रभु आप आयेआपको ह्रदय से बारम्बार नमन है तहे दिल से अनंत अनंत अनंत शुकराने हैं, सब आपकी ही कृपा से है राधें राधें भगवांनजी।

  13. Sonia batra

    Bhagwan ji apne bataya hai roz 1 percent unnati karo aur guru ji aap roz hmari unnati karwa rahe hai
    Jaise bholenath nirakar se saakaar hue aur andheri raat ko roshan karke utsav bana diya aise hi mere guru bhagwan jagy me hamare jeewan me aaye hai
    Agyanta ke andhkar me gyan ka ujala dekar hamere jeewan ko roshan kar rahe hai aur har jeewan ko apne prem se roshan kar rahe hai
    Guru bhagwan apke croor croro shukrane hai

    1. Neena Gupta

      All our thanks to our beloved SATGURU BHAGWAN who time and again guides us and takes us ahead on this very path of God conciousness .
      Anant Shukrane for telling us the beautiful significance of Our Festival Maha Shivratri.

      1. Sonia Malhotra

        Millions of thanks to our divine mentor to tell us the spiritual significance of maha shivratri.
        We are actually not aware about the significance and importance of our festivals and our rituals.
        By your grace only we will pray to God that may we do a lot of naamjap on this auspicious day.
        Anant shukrane bhagwan ji.

  14. पूज्य गुरू भगवान जी गुरू माँ के अनन्त शुकराने हैं।महाशिवरात्रि पवॆ का आध्यात्मिक रहस्य ,आध्यात्मिक महत्व,उपासना सभी बिन्दुओ का ममॆस्पॆशी तरीके से वणॆन किया है।

  15. Harsh

    गुरु भगवान जी, आपके अनंत अनंत शुकराने।
    “शिवरात्रि का आध्यात्मिक महत्व “ इतने अच्छे से इस blog से ही पता चला। शिव, रात्रि, उपवास व जागरण को बहुत अच्छे से बताया। विष को गले तक रखना — गुरु हमारी सारी negativities सुनते हैं, निर्लेप न्यारे रहते हुए अपनी करुणा से हमें उनसे ऊपर उठाते हैं।
    सारा article ही बहुत अच्छा लगा especially भगवान स्वयं ही सतगुरु रूप में आए हैं। भाग्यशाली हमको बनाया, मेरे सतगुरु जब से जीवन में आए।🙏🙏🙏

  16. Anu

    Very well explains the spiritual significance of maha shiv ratri.
    All points ,like upwas,jagran,neelkanth,samundr manthan are very nice.
    Thanks to our mentor for this divine article

  17. Vibhu gupta

    महाशिवरात्रि के पावन पर्व का पूरा महत्व बताया । Northern hemisphere की position spiritual energy gain करने में help करती है और बहुत सारी चीज़ें पता चली इस article को पढ़ के । महाशिवरात्रि की पूरी significance with all the factors बताये । अनंत अनंत शुक्राने । बहुत ही सार्थक और लाभदायक जानकारी मिली ।
    राधे राधे भगवान जी 🙏
    🕉 महाशिवरात्रि की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें 🕉

  18. Shikha Bansal

    Guru bhagwan ji ke anant anant shukrane hai
    Aapki athak mahnat or krapa ke bahut bahut shukrane bhagwan ji 🙏🙏

    1. Ritu bajaj

      Very beautifully explained the Maha Shivratri festival.All the Thanks to our Guru bhagwan ji.Chanting of Naam Jap is the prasad of your unconditional love.Guru bhagwan ji inspire us to overcome our neg.thoughts.Pray to God& Love God.All the lessons given by different aspects.Thank you so much for sharing this article.

  19. Sarita Mittal

    गुरु भगवान जी के अनन्त अनन्त शुक्राने है हमें हर तरह की जानकारी देते है कोई भी त्यौहार आते या व्रत आते गुरु भगवान जी उसके बारे में सही जानकारी देकर हमें उसका महत्व भी समझाते है गुरु भगवान जी को नमन है राधे राधे भगवान जी

  20. surinder kumar bajaj

    Satguru Bhagwan ji avm Guru Maa ji ko hridya se naman hai. Bhagwan ji sabhi festival ko acche tarike se samnjhate hai .Shivratri ki itni acchi jaankari mili hai.aap ji ke anant shukrane hai🙏🙏🙏🙏

  21. Pramod Aggarwal

    भगवान जी
    Very useful and logical presentation on such a topic which although followed bybus bur have very little knowledge
    Good picturisation
    Shukrane bhagwan jee

    1. Sunil Malhotra

      Shukrane Bhagwan ji.

  22. Madhu Gaur

    प्रत्येक उत्सव / पर्व के आध्यात्मिक महत्व के बारे में गुरु जी से ही सटीक व सार्थक जानकारी प्राप्त हो रही है जिससे अत्यंत आनंद की अनुभूति होती है 🙏🌷🙏
    अनंत शुकराने हैं गुरु माँ एवं गुरु भगवान जी 🙏🌷🙏

    1. Ritika pal

      Only Guru tells us significance of every festival.
      Thank you so much Bhagwan ji for sharing spiritual significance of Maha Shivratri.

    2. Poonam Chugh

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful article Mahashivratri . Aane bahut acche se is festival se releated jankari di 🙏 🙏🙏
      Guru Bhagwan ji v Gurumaa ji aapki atthak mehnat ko hirdey se koti koti naman h 🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️ shukrane bhagwan ji 🙏🙏

  23. Indu

    Through this blog…Really got rare & actual knowledge of Shivratri..W didn’t ever know….Har festival ko bus lakeer k fakeer ki tarah manate aye… Bhagwan surf AAP hi har festival ka actual
    meaning aur significance samjhate hn…Anant anant shukrane for sharing such a valuable article..

  24. Jitendra Singh

    Guru Bhagwan ke anant anant shukrane hain. A very illuminating blog, for our benefit and upliftment. We are eternally grateful to Guru Bhagwan and Guru Maa for their Blessings. Jitendra and Kusum from Meerut

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