Simple Shiva-Parvati Pooja at home on Maha Shiva Ratri 2018

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How to worship lord Shiva during Maha Shivaratri- 13th Feb 2018

Maha Shiva ratri 2018 is on 13th Feb, Tuesday.

  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018
  • Sunrise :  06:49
  • Sunset :  18:06
  • Moonrise :  29:33+
  • Moonset :  16:07
  • Shaka Samvat :  1939 Hemalambi
  • Vikram Samvat :  2074 Sadharana
  • Gujarati Samvat :  2074
  • Amanta Month :  Magha
  • Purnimanta Month :  Phalguna
  • Paksha :  Krishna Paksha
  • Tithi :  Trayodashi upto 22:34
  • Nakshatra :  Uttara Ashadha upto 28:57+
  • Yoga :  Siddhi upto 14:34
  • First Karana :  Garaja upto 09:21
  • Second Karana :  Vanija upto 22:34
  • Sunsign :  Kumbh
  • Moonsign :  Dhanu upto 08:49
  • Rahu Kalam : 15:17 – 16:42
  • Gulikai Kalam : 12:28 – 13:52
  • Yamaganda : 09:38 – 11:03
  • Abhijit : 12:05 – 12:50
  • Dur Muhurtam : 09:04 – 09:49
  • Dur Muhurtam : 23:11 – 24:02+
  • Amrit Kalam : 21:47 – 23:34
  • Varjyam : 11:02 – 12:49

Skanda Purana  describes about four Shiva Rathris. The first one is nitya shivaratri (daily Shiva ratri – every night).Shiva Rathri Linga PoojaThe second one is the Masa Shiva ratri which is observed on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi (fourteenth monday on the moons diminishing phase). The third one is the Magha Prathama Adi Atri which is observed for the thirteen days starting from Prathama titi in the month Maga (masi) and on the Chaturdasi night the Lord is worshiped throughout the night.

The fourth one is observed on the Masi (Maga) month Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi. This is the one observed in a widespread manner. It is also called Maha Shivaratri.

Way of observing Maha shiva ratri 2018

Getting up early in the morning one meditates on the Infinitely Auspicious, ornated with thousands of splendidShiv Abhishek garlands, Who is in the form of the holy symbol of shiva (Mahalingam). Bathing and staying clean the worship of Lord shiva in the form of shiva lingam is done in the four jamas of the night (four equal time intervals of the night). (Note that the linga worship is explicitly mentioned for this vratam as this is the time the God out of Its grace for the benefit of pashus appeared in a formless-form that is a symbol (lingam) from Its true nature of formlessness.)

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Linga Mudra Pooja at home

Linga Mudra Pooja at home

If you do not have a shiva Linga at home, then do the Linga Mudra and pour water, milk, curd, honey, panchamrut over it and pray to Lord Shiva.

According to the Shiva Purana, the Mahashivaratri worship must incorporate six items:

  • Bathing the Shiv Linga with water, milk and honey. Wood, apple or bel leaves (Read about the Bilwashtakam here) are added to, which represents purification of the soul;
  • Vermilion paste is applied to the Shiv Linga after bathing it. This represents virtue;
  • Offering of fruits, which is conducive to longevity and gratification of desires;
  • Burning incense, yielding wealth;
  • The lighting of the lamp which is conducive to the attainment of knowledge;
  • And betel leaves marking satisfaction with worldly pleasures.
Tripundra on your arms and forehead

Tripundra on your arms and forehead

Tripundra refers to the three horizontal stripes of holy ash applied to the forehead by worshipers of Lord Shiva. These stripes symbolise spiritual knowledge, purity and penance (spiritual practice of Yoga). They also represent the three eyes of Lord Shiva.

Wearing a mala (rosary) made from the rudraksha seeds of the rudraksha tree (said to have sprung from the tears of Lord Shiva) when worshipping Lord Shiva is ideal. A rudraksha seed is mahogany-like color, or could sometimes be black. They might also have traces of sacred sandalwood powder, turmeric, kumkum, or holy ash if the rosary is used in worship ceremonies or annotation.

Shiva Linga Pooja

Shiva Linga Pooja

Shivaling made of special mud with sarpa

Shivaling made of special mud with sarpa

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