The day of Maha Shivaratri represents many facets of Lord Shiva and his acts. Lord Shiva wed Parvati on this day. This is celebrated as ‘Girija Kalyan’. He set a test to Brahma and Vishnu by becoming an endless column of light on this day. He did the cosmic dance of ‘Ananda Tandav’ before drinking the Halahal (poison produced by Vasuki, the snake) during the Great Churn (Samudra Manthan) to save the world on this day.
Rudrabhishekam is performed in four time periods during Maha Shivaratri and is known as “Yaam” while chanting Sri Rudram. Hence, this procedure is also known as ‘Yaam Puja’. Kailash Yantra is drawn with rice-flour and offered obeisance. Maha Mrityunjya Homa and Girija Kalyan are also part of celebrating Maha Shivaratri. It is very auspicious to offer the tripinnate ‘Bilva Leaves’ to Lord Shiva on this day.
All devotees and followers of Lord Shiva observe Upavaas (fasting) and Jaagaran (staying awake) on this day. This is said to please Lord Shiva. They also go on ‘Yatras’ to perform a Teertha Snaan (holy dip) in rivers and lakes followed by a visit to Shiva temples to offer obeisance. Many perform the study of ‘Sri Rudradhyay’, seeking his benevolence and grace. You can recite the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, or simply the line “Aum NamaH Shivaay” through-out the day seeking the lord’s Krupa Kataaksh (grace).
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Happy Maha Shiva Ratri
Lord Shiva and Goddess Girija can be appeased with simple but dedicated offer of worship and Sevas. Girija Kalyana is one of the most meritorious Sevas to please Lord Shiva. Men and women seeking a prospective match for wedding, couples suffering from troubled relationship and childless couples can offer Girija Kalyana Seva to Lord Shiva and Goddess Girija.
- Grace of Shiva-Parvati
- Suitable alliance
- Harmony at home
- Resolves matrimonial matters
- Marital harmony
- Progeny for Issueless couples
Maha Mrityunjaya Homa
Maha Mrityunjaya homa is of great significance and finds mention in Shiva Puranam and Rigveda as a means to even bring a person back from jaws of death. This homa has the ability to ward off evil or negative elements. It gives the strength and ability to face adversities of life, particularly when performed on the day of Janma Nakshatra (birth star).
- Remission from bad health
- Protection from negative or evil forces
- Personality improvement
Lord Rudra is known as Abhishekapriya as he loves Abhisheka or anointment with holy water. In this seva, sacred Kalashas are filled with water and the presence of Varuna and holy rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri are invoked into the water. With that water alone the Lord will be anointed by chanting the hymns, especially the Rudra Chamaka.
Maha Rudrabhishekam Package includes offering meals to 54 Brahmins.
- Benevolence of Saturn in antagonistic/unfavorable position
- Reduces sufferings
- Avoidance of tough situations
Yekadasha Rudra Homa
Yekadasha Rudra Homa is a procedure in which eleven forms of Rudra are invoked and worshipped. Homa consists of two sections the Namakam and the Chamakam. Namakam is a prayer to Lord Rudra to forego his ire and shower his benevolence. While, Chamakam is a list of Ishtakamyas (desires) that need to be fulfilled by Lord Rudra for a happy, healthy life.
The main objective of Yekadasa Rudra homa is protection against the negative thoughts and grant of desires. Eleven forms of Rudra are invoked and appeased through ‘HavyaVahana’ (Agni) who delivers the Homadravya to Lord Shiva.
- Addresses delays in marriages
- Yields the desired Kamyas of health, wealth and prosperity
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