The devotees of Lord Shiva wait eagerly for the celebrations of Mahashivratri every year. On this day, most of them visit temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and observe the necessary rituals to receive his endowment all throughout the year. There is also a tradition of performing Mahadev’s Rudrabhisek on this day.
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Keep reading this piece to know more about Rudrabhisek’s importance. But, first of all let’s get to know the ways which will provide you with the endowment of Lord Shiva on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
According to Hindu religion and culture, there are many mythological legends associated with the festival of Shivratri. It is believed that Lord Shiva incarnated in the form of a Linga on this very day. This is the reason why the night when the incarnation of Lord Shiva from an amorphous to a materialistic form came to be known as Mahashivratri(Here Ratri stands for the night). Each and every year, the Chaturdashi Tithi which arrives in the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month is celebrated as Mahashivratri. However, the dates keep altering in case of the Gregorian calendar. This year, this festival dedicated to the supreme Shiva will be celebrated on the 21st of February. Natives who are avid worshippers of Lord Shiva make it a prerogative to conduct a Rudrabhishek on this day. It is believed that performing Rudrabhishek on this day helps one to gain freedom from all kinds of diseases and sufferings. All of the dire wishes of one’s heart also gets fulfilled. There is also a religious faith that Mahadev fulfills one’s desire if one asks for boons with a pure heart and mind.
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Mahashivratri Pujan Muhurat
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Mahashivratri : Importance of Rudrabhishek on this Day
The most easy and convenient way to appease Lord Shiva is to perform a Rudrabhishek. Observing a Rudrabhishek not only pleases Lord Shiva, but he also comes forward to help and safeguard his devotees all throughout the year, from all kinds of difficulties and problems.
Mahashivratri : Rites and Rituals
- Observe a fast on the night of Mahashivratri. Make sure to remain on a fruit diet during the day.
- On this day, recite the Shiv Puran while worshipping Lord Shiva, recite the Mahamrityunjay Mantra and also oṃ namaḥ śivāya/ ॐ नमः शिवाय at the same time. Apart from this, it is also considered beneficial to organise Jagrans during the night. So, if possible, try to organize one at your house.
- Apart from this, conduct Lord Shiva’s Rudrabhishek during the four parts of the night and worship him devotedly. However, the Nishith Kaal is considered to be the most auspicious for eulogizing Mahadev.
Mahashivratri : Significance
When Goddess Parvati asked Mahadev that which fast is supreme in nature and provides devotees with benediction and prosperity, Mahadev mentioned the Mahashivratri Vrat. He further added that those devotees who observe this fast by following all the necessary rites and rituals become eligible to obtain his endowment. The successful observation of this fast also helps to negate all kinds of sufferings and pains from one’s life.
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This day is also considered to be the union of two Adi Shaktis or powers. It has been said because as per the beliefs the heavenly union of Lord Mahadev and Goddess Parvati took place on this day only. Hence, this union is also celebrated during the festival of Mahashivratri.
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Mahashivratri : Importance in Vedic Astrology
As per Hindu religion and culture, Chaturdashi Tithi is governed by none other than Lord Shiva. This is the reason why the Chaturdashi Tithi which arrives in the Krishna Paksha every month is celebrated as Shivratri. Apart from this, readers should also know that Chaturdashi in general is considered very auspicious in the field of Vedic astrology. It is so because it happens only during the the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha during the Phalgun month that the planet Moon remains closely placed with the Sun. It is during this time when Chandrama in an animated form unites with Lord Shiva in the form of the Sun. Hence worshipping Mahadev with utmost reverence on this day brings in auspicious results. The Lord also provides protection from lust, anger, greed, unlawful desires and many other vices and ensures the inflow of peace, happiness and prosperity in one’s life.
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Mythological Legends Associated with Mahashivratri
Usually there are many legends associated with Mahashivratri which have been mentioned in the Garud Puran. One of them states that once Nishad Raj went out on a hunting spree with his dog. He wandered for several miles but could not lay his hands on any kill. After numerous failed attempts, he decided to give up out of hunger and thirst and reached near a pond. Upon reaching that particular place, he witnessed the presence of a Shivlinga under a Bilva tree. He extended his hands to pluck some leaves out of the tree, but some of them fell on the Shivling. Next, when he tried to clean his legs with the pond water, then some of it got sprinkled on the Shivling too. In the circle of events happening one after another, some of his arrows fell down on the ground. He got down on his knees and bowed front of the Shivling to collect them back. This is how he completed the Maha Shivaratri rituals without even acknowledging that he was commemorating them. This is the reason why disciples of Lord Shiva stood on the way of Yamraj when le landed on earth to take away the life of Nishad Raj.
Given the circumstances you can wonder about the results which can come into the forefront upon the completion of Mahashivatri rites and rituals. Nishad Raj commemorated them unknowingly. Imagine the wonders they can do when you fulfill them with utmost devotion and sincerity.
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