Mahashivaratri Pooja

Mahashivaratri Pooja

Merits of Shivaratri Puja

 According to Shiva Purana, sincere worship of Bhagwan  Shiva yields merits including spiritual growth for the devotees. It also provides extensive details on the right way to perform Shivratri Puja.

 Shivaratri Pooja have a significance in Hindu mythology. It is said that ritual worship of Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri day pleases Lord Shiva at the most. Devotees further believes that by pleasing Bhagwan Shankara on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.

Shiva Purana further says that performing abhisheka of Shiva Linga with six different dravyas including milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water while chanting Sri Rudram, Chamakam and Dasa Shanthi pleases Lord Shiva the most. According to the mythology, each of these dravya used in the abhisheka blesses a unique quality:

    Milk:              indicates to the blessing of purity and piousness.

   Yogurt:         indicates to prosperity

    Honey:         indicates to sweet speech.

    Ghee:            indicates to victory.

    Sugar            indicates to happiness.

    Water:          indicates to purity.

 Shivratripooja is also beneficial for women to worship Lord Shiva,For married womens, pray to Shiva for the well being of their husbands and sons, unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.

Performing Maha Shivaratri Pooja

Following the method prescribed in Shiva Purana, priests perform ritual puja of Shiva Linga every three hours all through the day and night of Shivaratri Festival. During this pooja, chants of Om Namah Shivaya and sounds of bells reverberate in the temple. Following the bath with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water that helps in the purification of the soul a vermilion paste is applied on the Linga as it represents virtue. These six items form an indispensable part of Shivaratri, be it a simple ceremony at home or grand temple worship

After this, Bilwa leaves, which have to be a stalk with three leaves, is kept on top of the Shivalinga to cool the hot-tempered deity. Ber or jujube fruit is also offered to Lord Shiva, as it is symbolic of longevity and gratification of desires. Some devotees also offer the auspicious betel leaves to Lord Shiva marking satisfaction with worldly pleasures. Garlanding of Linga with flowers and garlands is also a part of the ritual Shivaratri Puja. Devotees also burn incense sticks as is said to yield wealth. Many also light lamps to symbolize attainment of knowledge. It is said that by offering water, hugging the Linga, lighting the diya and incense and ringing the temple bells, devotees call into focus all their senses, making them acutely aware of themselves and the universe to which they belong.

 This ritual worship of Lord Shiva continues through the day and night of Shivaratri. Devotees stay awake and spent the night in Shiva temples by chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and singing hymns and verses in praise of Lord Shankar. Devotees observing vrat on Shivaratri break it only the next morning by partaking prasad offered to Lord Shiva.

 The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The following Maha Mrityunjay Mantra has been taken from the Sukla Yajurveda Samhita III. 60. The Mantra is addressed to Lord Shiva and is a centuries old technique of connecting one to pure consciousness and bliss.

 After abhiseka the following Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra be Chanted with devotion 11 times.

Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe

Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam |

Urvarukamiva Bandhanan

Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat ||

 Best Time to Chant

Chanting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra with sincerity, faith and devotion in Bramha Muhurata is very beneficial. But one can also do Maha Mrityunjaya japa anytime in a pure environment with great benefit and discover the happiness that’s already within.

  Lastly Shiva Aarati be performed

 Jai Shiv Onkara Har Shiv Onkara,

 Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Arddhagni Dhara.

 Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

 Ekanan Chaturanan Panchanan Rajai,

 Hansanan Garudasan Vrishvahan Sajai.

 Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

 Do Bhuj Char Chaturbhuj Das Bhuj Te Sohai,

Tinon Roop Nirakhta Tribhuvan Jan Mohai.

Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

 Akshaymala Vanmala Mundmala Dhari,

 Chadan Mrigmad Sohai Bhale Shashi Dhari.

 Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

 Shvetambar Pitambar Baghambar Ange,

Sankadik Brahmadik Bhootadik Sange.

Kar Men Shreshth Kamandalu Chakra Trishooldharta,

Jagkarta Jagharta Jag Palankarta.

Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Janat Aviveka,

Pranvakshar Ke Madhye Yah Tinon Eka.

Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

Trigun Shiv Ki Aarti Jo Koi Nar Gave,

Kahat Shivanand Swami Manvanchhit Phal Pave.

Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…