Happy Maha-Shivaratri to all...

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Clap... Om Namah Shivaya...Clap

 Shivo Bhokta, Shiva Bhojya
Shivo Karta, Shivah Karma
Shivah Karanatmakah..

Shiva is the experiencer and the highest object of experience. Shiva is the goal of Sadhana. There is nothing apart from Shiva. There is nothing other than Shiva. Whatever there is, is Shiva. There is nothing, which is not Shiva. There is no place, which is not Shiva. There is no time, which is not Shiva. To be aware of this is to be aware of Shiva.
Jai Bholenath...
 Har Har Mahadev...


Jai Shiv Shankar..

Tales of Lord Shiva

 Naagendra haaraaya thriloochanaaya bhasmaangadhaaraaya maheshwaraaya
Nityaaya shudhdhaaya digambaraaya tasmai na-kaaraaya namahshivaaya

Salutations to Shiva who wears a serpent as garland, who is three-eyed, whose bare body is covered with ashes, who is forever pure and the very embodiment of sacrifice.

There are many legends associated to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. One of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandava', the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivratri legend stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivaratri - the grand night of Shiva.

Mahashivratri Festival is particularly awaited by Hindu women. On Mahashivratri, married and unmarried women perform puja with great faith, as Goddess Parvati who is also called 'Gaura', is regarded as the giver of 'suhaag' - good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life. One can therefore see find women enthusiastically observing the fast and performing the rituals Shiva Pujas on the day.
 According to Hindu mythology, observance of Mahashivratri Vrat with discipline helps a devotee to control the two great natural forces that afflict a man, rajas guna (the quality of passionate activity) and tamas guna (the quality of inertia). When a devotee spends an entire day in the Feet of Lord and worships with sincerity, his motion is controlled and evils like lust, anger and jealousy, born of Rajas are ignored and subdued. Besides, when a devotee observes vigil throughout the night (jaagran) he manages to conquer the evils of Tamas Guna too. It has also been mentioned that when a devotee observes a round of worship every three hours, the Shivaratri Vrata becomes perfect.
It is also believed that on Shivratri, Lord Shiva became 'Neelkanth' or the blue-throated by swallowing the deadly poison that came up during the churning of "Ksheer Sagar" (Amrit-Manthan) or the milky ocean. The poison was so deadly that even a drop in His stomach, which represents the universe, would have annihilated the entire world. On the advice of Lord Vishnu, Gods approached Lord Shiva for help and protection as only he could swallow it without being affected. On the request of gods and out of compassion for living beings, Lord Shiva drank the poison. However, Parvati - Lord Shiva's consort pressed his neck so that the poison does not reach his stomach. Hence, He held it in His neck, which turned blue due to the effect of poison. Shivratri is therefore also a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from annihilation. 'Neel' means blue and 'Kanth' means neck or Throat' (Blue-necked one).
Significance of Puja Items
    According to the Shiva Purana, there is a special significance of the six essential puja items used in the Shiva worship.
    Bathing of Shivalinga with water, milk and honey and wood apple or bel leaves added to it, represents purification of the soul.
    The vermilion paste applied on the linga after the ritual bath represents virtue.
    Offering of fruits symbolizes longevity and gratification of desires. Burning of incense sticks yields wealth.
    The lighting of the lamp symbolizes attainment of knowledge. Offering of betel leaves marks satisfaction with worldly pleasures.
    On Shivaratri day the devotees of Shiva observe fast. They keep vigil all night. Hymns in praise of Lord Shiva, such as the Shiva Mahimna Stotra of Pushpadanta and Ravana's Shiva Tandava Stotra are sung with great devotion. The Guru Gita, a section of the Shiva Purana dealing with the instructions of Lord Shiva to his consort Parvati on how to attain liberation while living in the physical body, is recited. Not many people know that Shiva is the original Guru, which is evidenced in this famous Sanskrit verse:
    "Om namah Shivaya guruve satchitananda murthaye."

    The prayers and worship continue late into the night when the devotees offer coconut, Bilva leaves (which have to be a stalk with three leaves), fruits, and specially prepared sacred food to Shiva and his consort Parvati. Offering leaves of a Bilva tree (Aegle marmelos tree) to Lord Shiva on Shivaratri is considered very auspicious.

    Lord Shiva is easily pleased. One of the names of Shiva is Ashutosh, which means "easily pleased." May Lord Shiva be pleased with everyone through the following prayer:

    Om Namah Shivaya! O Ashutosh! you are my inner Self. My mind is Parvati. My ten states of prana (life force) are your servants. My body is your house. My actions in this world are your worship. My sleep is Samadhi. My walk is circumambulation (the act of walking around) of you. My speech is your prayer. Thus do I offer all that I am to you. Om Namah Shivaya!

              • Keep on chanting whole day Shiv-Panchakshri Mantra...''Om Namah Shivaay''


               Shiva Prayer:-
              Om Namastestu Bhagavan
              Vishvesharaya Mahadevaya
              Trayambakaya Tripurantakaya
              Trikagni - Kalaya
              Kalagni - Rudraya Neel - Kanthaya Mrityunjaya
              Sarveshvaraya Sadadhivaya
              Sriman Mahadevaya Namah.

              Om. I bow down to Lord Shiva, who is the creator and protector of the universe, who is the greatest among Gods, who has three eyes, who is the annihilator of all the three worlds, one whose throat is blue, who is the conqueror of death, who is the Lord of all, who is propitious who is possessed of all marks of greatness and who is the greatest among Gods. To him my prostration.
              This Year Maha-Shivaratri is on Wednesday 2nd.Mar-2011...
              Wishing you All on India-Forums and CBians Good Luck,Prosperity and Happiness..Smile

              May the Blessings Of Lord Shiv-Shankar,

              be with you all On... Maha-Shivratri .....and always.


              Edited by set_raj - 28 February 2011 at 3:19am

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              set_raj IF-Sizzlerz

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              Post all the beautiful bhajans and shlokas of Lord Shiva here...Big smile

              Edited by set_raj - 28 February 2011 at 3:20am

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              set_raj IF-Sizzlerz

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              Shiv Panchakshar Stotram..

              Nagendraharaya Trilochanai
              Basmangaragaya Maheshwaraya
              Nityaya Suddhaya Digamberaya
              Tasmay Makaraya Namah Shivaya..1

              Mandakini Salila Chandna Charcitaya
              Nandiswara Pramathanatha Maheshwaraya
              Mandarapuspa Bahupushpa Supujitaya
              Tasmay Makaraya Namah. Shivaya.


              Gauri Shivaya Wadanabjvrinda
              Suryay Dakshadwara Nashakaya
              Srinilakanthaya Wrushdhwajay
              Tasmay Shikaraya Namah Shivaya.. 3


              Vasishta Kumbhodbawa Goutamarya
              Munindra Dewarchita. Sekharaya

              Chandrarkavashwnara Lochanaia
              Tasmay Vakaraya Namah. Shivaya... 4


              Yakshaswarupai Jatadharaya
              Pinakhastaya Sanatanai
              Diwyay Deway Digamberaya
              Tasmay Yakaraya Namah Shivaya .. 5

              Meaning of The Shiva Panchakshari Mantra Strotra


              Salutations to Shiva, who wears the king of snakes as a garland, the
              three-eyed god, whose body is smeared with ashes, the great lord, the
              eternal and pure one, who wears the directions as his garment, and who
              is represented by the syllable ''na ''


              I bow to Shiva, who has been worshiped with water from the Ganga
              (Mandakini) and anointed with sandalwood paste, the lord of Nandi, the
              lord of the host of goblins and ghosts, the great lord, who is worshiped
              with Mandara and many other kinds of flowers, and who is represented by
              the syllable ''ma. ''


              Salutations to Shiva, who is all-auspiciousness, who is the sun that
              causes the lotus face of Gauri (Parvati) to blossom, who is the
              destroyer of the yajna of Daksha, whose throat is blue (Nilakantha),
              whose flag bears the emblem of the bull, and who is represented by the
              syllable ''shi. ''


              Vasishhtha, Agastya, Gautama, and other venerable sages, and Indra and
              other gods have worshipped the head of (Shiva's linga). I bow to that
              Shiva whose three eyes are the moon, sun and fire, and who is
              represented by the syllable ''va. ''


              salutations to Shiva, who bears the form of a Yaksha, who has matted
              hair on his head, who bears the Pinaka bow in his hand, the primeval
              lord, the brilliant god, who is digambara (naked), and who is
              represented by the syllable ''ya. ''

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              RBJ thanks for the information and songs of Shiv Ratri AND SAME TO U G

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              Radev_AvinaFan Senior Member

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              happy shivratri to you all cbfans and enjoy your shivratri

              Simple Shivaratri Puja Procedure:

              1. First, before starting puja, chant Sankalpam for Shiva puja. In Sankalpam, the place, gothra, nama, tithi, vara, nakshatra, and some other details are chanted in mantra form. You can also just say your name and gothra if you not much aware of Sankalpa mantra.
              2. Start puja with Ganesh Puja. Chant some simple mantras of Lord Ganesh and pray for destruction of obstacles during Shiva Puja.
              3. The third step is Gauri Puja. Take approximately 5 gms of turmeric (haldi) powder and make it like a cone shaped structure and consider it as Goddess Gauri and chant simple prayer to Gauri or Parvati. (Some devotees skip Gauri Puja).
              4. Nandishwara Puja, Veerabhadra Puja, Kartikeya Pooja, Kubera Pooja, Keerthimukha puja, and Sarpa Puja are optional.
              5. Now, the main Shivapuja begins with Dhyanam. Imagine Lord Shiva and pray to him with akshata.
              6. As the first step, Lord Shiva is offered Shuddodaka Snanam (bath with gangajal or sanctified water).
              7. Panchamrita snan is performed as the next step. (bath with milk, ghee, curd, honey and coconut water).
              8. Shuddodaka Snanam is performed again.
              9. Jalabhishekam (pour water on linga drop by drop) is observed.
              10. Yagnopaveetham is worn (a cotton garland is worn)(especially in South Indian puja procedure).
              11. Offer Bhasma (vibhooti), Gandha (sandalwood paste), and Kumkum to Shivalinga. Sprinkle akshata on the Lord.
              12. Flower garland is offered to the deity.
              13. Bilva Puja is performed while chanting Bilvashtakam.
              14. Dhoop or agarbatti or incense sticks are lit and dhoopam is given to Shivalinga.
              15. Light a lamp or deepa.
              16. Shiva Aarti is chanted.
              17. Aatma Pradakshina (self circumambulation) is performed as the last step. This marks the end of simple Shivaratri Puja.

              Edited by Radev_AvinaFan - 02 March 2011 at 12:23am

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              Radev_AvinaFan Senior Member

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              Wishing you All on India-Forums and CBians Good Luck,Prosperity and Happiness..Smile

              May the Blessings Of Lord Shiv-Shankar,

              be with you all On... Maha-Shivratri .....and always.

              Maha Mrityunjay Mantra

               The Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is considered extremely powerful and significant by the Hindus. Also known as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to create divine vibrations that heals. Devotees of Lord Shiva further believe that Maha Mrityunjay evokes the Shiva within human beings and removes the fear of death, liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth. 

              Significance of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
              Devotees strongly believe that proper recitation of the Maha Mrityunjaya rejuvenates, bestows health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It is said that chanting of Shiva Mantra generates divine vibrations that ward off all the negative and evil forces and creates a powerful protective shield. Besides, it is said to protect the one who chants against accidents and misfortunes of every kind. Recitation of the mantra creates vibration that pulsates through every cell, every molecule of human body and tears away the veil of ignorance. Hindus believe that recitation of the mantra ignites a fire within that consumes all negativity and purifies entire system. It is also said to have a strong healing power and can cure diseases declared incurable even by the doctors. Many believe Maha Mrityunjay Mantra to be a mantra that can conquer death and connect human beings to their own inner divinity. 

              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. 

              Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe 
              Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam | 
              Urvarukamiva Bandhanan 
              Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat || 

              Om. We worship The Three-Eyed Lord Shiva who is fragrant and who increasingly nourishes the devotees. Worshipping him may we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality just as the ripe cucumber easily separates itself from the binding stalk. 

              Edited by Radev_AvinaFan - 02 March 2011 at 12:39am

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              Wishing you All on India-Forums and 

              May the Blessings Of Lord Shiv-Shankar,


              Edited by laxmibhatt - 28 February 2011 at 6:02am

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              JustShanta Goldie

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              Who is Shiva Bhagavan ?
              What is the name of the Reabsorber?
              Why! Don't you know it's the blessed Lord Shiva?
              Where does He live, the blessed Lord Shiva?
              On the holy Mt. Kailaasa, forever and ever.

              What does He look like, the blessed Lord Shiva?
              O Beautiful, charming and radiant, dear brother,
              His colour is white, but His throat is deep blue,
              Matted locks and silvery ashes adorn His body too.
              Tell me more of the blessed Lord Shiva,
              For I want to know Him as you do, brother,
              Then listen to the greatness of the blessed Lord Shiva,
              From whose matted locks flow the River Ganga.
              When we look at His face, we can see but three eyes,
              Which tell us that He sees all and that He is all-wise,
              When we look at His body, we can see but four arms,
              Of the universe, He is master, the Possessor of all charms.
              On the forehead can be seen the two-day old moon,
              On His lips, a gentle smile, signifying a boon,
              About His neck can be seen a brown cobra snake,
              Oh! How radiant these symbols, the blessed Lord make.

              He rides on a bull, the symbol of lust,
              To show He is above it, the Master of lust,
              He carries with Him, a trident and drum,
              Now listen to the sound-Dam Dam Dam.


              If you pray sincerely to the blessed Lord Shiva,
              He is pleased in a moment, believe it, O brother,
              To overcome the power of the dancing girl, Maayaa,
              Repeat, O brother, Om Namah Shivaaya.

               Swaha international



              Edited by JustShanta - 28 February 2011 at 7:47am

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