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Today – March 2, 2011 – is Shivratri

Today – March 2, 2011 – is observed as Shivratri in India, United States, Canada, Britain and in all countries around world except in Australia and New Zealand where it is observed on March 3. Some Hindu communities, ashrams and spiritual organizations in India will also be observing Shivratri on March 3, 2011. 
Shivaratri is the night dedicated Shiva. The formless Supreme Truth – Shiva – took form and appeared on this night to remove Maya or illusion and lead devotees on the path of bliss.  The path to bliss is to realize that all that is living and nonliving is nothing but the Supreme Truth. There is no second. 
Observances on the day include chanting of Shiva mantras, fasting and keeping vigil at night. Special pujas are performed at midnight. 
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