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Why do we celebrate Shivratri – Reasons for observing Mahashivaratri?

Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, is one of the most important days in Hinduism. There are numerous reasons regarding the origin of Shivaratri and most of reasons for observing Shivratri can be traced to the Puranas. A few important legends are detailed below.


Origin of Shivratri based on hunter unknowingly dropping Bilva leaves on Shiva Lingam There once lived a tribal man who was a hunter and a staunch a Shiva devotee. He used to go for hunting on all days to feed his family. One day the hunter lost his way while hunting and was trapped in the forest at night.

Soon wild animals started to gather around him and he climbed a Bel or Bilva tree. Sitting there he remembered his wife and children and tears started rolling from his eyes. In order to keep himself awake, he started plucking Bilva leaves and dropped it down repeating ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ – the Panchakshari Mantra. The hunter unknowingly fasted the whole day and did not sleep in the night. In the morning, he discovered that he had …

Swami Sivananda on the Reason for Observing Shivaratri

Silent adorations to Lord Siva, consort of Parvati, the destructive aspect of Brahman, who is known by the names Sambhu, Sankara, Mahadeva, Sadasiva, Visvanatha, Hara, Tripurari, Gangadhara, Sulapani, Nilakantha, Dakshinamurti, Chandrasekhara, Nilalohita, etc., who is the bestower of auspiciousness, immortality and divine knowledge on His devotees, and who does Tandava Nritya or the Dance of Death at the end of Time or Cosmic Pralaya, and who is the real Regenerator but not the destroyer.



Maha Sivaratri means the great night consecrated to Lord Siva. In the Santi Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma refers to the observance of the Mahashivratri, by king Chitrabhanu, when he was giving the discourse on Dharma, resting on his bed of arrows.

Jewels Every Human Being Should Possess

Every human being should possess a few jewels. These jewels cannot be seen, as they are not made of gold, silver, platinum or diamond. We cannot buy it with money or wealth. However, these jewels are free and anyone can have them.

The jewels are: PatienceForgivenessPeaceTruthCompassionNon-violenceKnowledgeControl over mind One who possesses the above said jewels is the richest person in the world. Rich because the person is leading a life of bliss on earth.
- Abhilash
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 5, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, March 5, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:35 PM on March 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 5, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 2:08 AM on March 5. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 5:32 AM on March 5. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rasi till 8:13 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Dhanu Rash…

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