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Shivratri 2012 - Maha Shivaratri date in 2012

Shivratri, or Mahashivratri, as the name indicates is the night of Lord Shiva. It is observed on the night before ‘amavasya’ in the Hindu month of Magh or Phalgun (February – March). In 2012, the date of Shivaratri is February 20.
Unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism, Shivratri is a night dedicated largely to prayers and not to celebrations. Of course, when Lord Shiva is worshipped there is joy all around but that joy is of Brahman realization. The importance of Shivaratri is closely associated with ‘amavasi’ (the no moon night or full dark night)). Amavasi symbolically represents Kaliyuga. Lord Shiva appeared just before the beginning of Kaliyuga to rid the world of evil and ignorance, which is symbolically represented through Amavasi. Therefore Mahashivratri is celebrated to get rid of evil and ignorance. On the Shivratri day, Lord Shiva is worshipped in a special form of Linga called ‘Lingodabhavamurti.’ It is a lingam in the form of fire which has neither a beginning nor…

Swami Gagangiri Maharaj Quotes

Yoga is the relation between the guru and the disciple. This relationship seeks new challenges, new paths and new horizons, creating an ever renewing confidence in the Self. You are the guru and you are the disciple. This duality is within you. The sense of enquiry and devotion is the discipleship, and the intensity towards the Divine is the guru.Because of old religious prejudices, for centuries we have looked down and condemned the physical body as an enemy, and as a heavy liability. We have neglected the growth of the potential which is in us. The body as it is now is pampered and misused. True, the body with it's unruly desires and passions has posed problems. But the same body if taken into confidence and spoken to, could be developed as a sensitive instrument for the holistic growth. In fact the ‘Hatha’ and ‘Tantra’ Yogas know and utilize the body with it's passions as an asset and sublimate these energies for spiritual powers and siddhis. A purified body is a new vehicl…