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Spiritual and Religious Significance of Shivaratri

Shiva is the name and form given to the formless Brahman by us. Shiva is the knowledge which will helps us sail safely and peacefully through the turbulent waters of life. Shivaratri is the night dedicated to this formless Brahman – who took form for living beings. It is believed that Shiva appeared as ‘Lingodabhavamurti on the night of Shivaratri. It is a lingam in the form of fire which has neither a beginning nor an end. ‘Linga’ means ‘sign.’ And it is merely an attempt to capture the formless as we humans are obsessed with form.

Unlike other festivals associated with Hindu Religion, Shivaratri is a night dedicated largely to prayers and not to fun and celebrations. Festivals, fun and celebrations are momentary. They are like bubbles. But when Shiva is worshipped there is bliss all around and that bliss is of Brahman realization or self realization – the permanent happiness.

Each Hindu tradition has created a story for Shivaratri and you can read the numerous legends and stories…

Kamadev – Story of Rebirth of Kamdev

Kamdev was deputed by Devas (demi gods) to end the deep tapas,, or penance, that Shiva undertook after the death of Goddess Sati. To disrupt the penance that was causing imbalance in the universe, Kamadeva arrived in front of Shiva along with Ratidevi, and shot five arrows of flowers at the heart of Shiva. Shiva’s penance was interrupted and he was terribly angry and opened his third eye on his forehead, and a fierce blazing flame came out of his third eye and burned Kamadeva into ashes. Shiva returned to householder’s life after this incident and the balance of the universe was restored. However, there was no solace to Rati Devi. She lost her Love. This created another problem in the universe – with the death of Kamdev, there was no one to ignite passion in the living beings. Procreation came to a standstill. Rati Devi, the consort of Kamadeva, then prayed to Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess then appeared as Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari and brought back Kamadev into life. One legend st…

Bhagavad Gita Discourse by Swami Ranganathananda

Swami Ranganathananda was a renowned scholar, philosopher and president of the Ramakrishna Mission. His discourses on the Bhagavad Gita are very popular and have enthralled and mesmerized audiences across the world. You can now view the Bhagavad Gita Discourse by Swami Ranganathananda on Youtube. There are 10 parts of the discourse.

The above video is just the first part. You can view all the ten parts here at Youtube.