The Great Night of the Greatest One
Maha Shivaratri 2014: February 27th, IST
Throughout the world, people wait with special longing for a festival known as the Great Night of
Shiva or Maha Shivaratri in Sanskrit. This year Maha Shivaratri
occurs on February 27, 2014 IST.
Goddess Parvati once asked Shiva which rituals pleased him the most. Shiva replied that rituals performed
on the 14th Waning Moon during the month of Phalgun
(Feb/March) were his favorites. This has become known as Maha Shivaratri.
While each 14th Waning Moon is known as a Shivaratri, Maha Shivaratri is of special significance,
and it happens only once a year. It is due to Lord Shiva’s grace
that on the night of Maha Shivaratri everyone has the potential to awaken to the highest consciousness
Maha Shivaratri 2014 - Astrological Significance
This year on Maha Shivaratri, the Moon will be in Shravana, the star listening, in the Zodiac sign of
Capricorn. Venus will also be in Capricorn, a sign ruled by Saturn, while Saturn will be in Libra, a sign
ruled by Venus. As they are both sitting in a sign ruled by the other, this causes both Venus and Saturn to
support each other's agendas.
The Moon receives influence on Maha Shivaratri from Venus (as Venus and Moon sit in the same sign) and from
Saturn (rules the sign Moon sits in), and this is favorable as Venus and Saturn are working together in a
positive way. Rituals done this year on Maha Shivaratri will especially ensure wealthy life in your
next birth and also in your older years.
Extra Ordinary Boons Given
Lord Shiva is the representation of primordial energy from which everything was born and to which
everything in the universe will disintegrate into. If there is a
special time when we can remedy even the bad karmas and gain extraordinary boons for wealth, health and power,
it can only be the 'Shivaratri' or otherwise referred to
as the 'Night of Shiva'.
It is a special night when Goddess Parvati performs special poojas for Lord Shiva so as to get benefits for
mankind. So by performing Shivaratri prayers, you can be
part of the special Goddess prayer and lighten your karma.
Every year during Maha Shivaratri, Lord Shiva incarnates everywhere in the form of the Shiva Lingam, his
sacred symbol. Shiva Lingam is symbolic of the creative
power of the universe that denotes that God does not have any definite form.
What To Do On Shivaratri Night?
One of the most holy nights in Vedic traditions is Maha Shivaratri, The Great Night of Shiva.
Shivaratri is the auspicious time for every soul to get into the
primordial consciousness of non-existence or Nirvana. One is required to keep vigil during the night in order
to receive grace and assistance.
Poojas and prayers offered during Maha Shivaratri are promised to be amplified 10 million times. If there
is a time that you can purify your thoughts and activate
the empowerment of your goals, it is this special night.
What You Can Do at Home on Maha Shivaratri:
- Clean your home and clear your mind
- Fill your mind with thoughts of Shiva
- Bathe yourself and wear clean comfortable clothes.
- Fast and feel the bliss.
- Enjoy yourself! The more joyous we are, the closer we are to the Source of joy and bliss.
- Chant Shiva's perfect mantra, Om Namah Shivaya.
- Sing Shiva's praise with a full heart
Meditate on Shiva and only Shiva. If your mind wanders, bring it back to Shiva's feet
- Forget life's problems, pains of the past, and worries about the future.
- See God in everyone and in everything
Conversion of Negative Karma into Powerful Positive Energy
The conversion of negative Karma into powerful positive energy can be done by devoting yourself to
the feet of Lord Shiva, the remover of sins and the Lord of mercy and compassion. The night is
symbolic of a condition prior to creation and refers to the chaos that existed before light. But this chaotic
darkness is not a negative condition. It is the pure consciousness without the pollution of wisdom and
In the Buddha's terminology, it is referred to as the emptiness of heaven. Lord Shiva governs the universe
with the cycle of creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment and bestowment of grace. He protects devotees
from evil forces such as lust, greed and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in His
Lord Shiva incarnates in the form of the Shiva Lingam during this great night every year. Shiva
Lingam is the holy symbol of Lord Shiva that is considered sacred by the devotees of Lord Shiva. The
power of Lingam is the most glorious occurrence created by God in its vast array of creations. Shiva Lingam is
symbolic of the creative power of the universe. It denotes the truth that God does not have any definite
It is a great opportunity to connect with the divine, formless form of Lord Shiva, the Lingam, who
symbolizes "all-auspiciousness", and to invite these energies in your life. In essence, Maha Shivaratri
signifies the transition from the darkness of gloom and ignorance to the dawn of divine joy and knowledge!
Significance of Pooja and Vigil during Maha Shivaratri
Maha Shivaratri is the great time to lighten your burden of your "karmic load." It depends on your thoughts
spanning this window of time so as to be very conscious for poojas and prayers. Poojas during Maha Shivaratri
are amplified by 10 million times!
Performing one Pooja on Maha Shivaratri = 1,000,000 Poojas and Prayers
From this, one can understand the enormous power of Maha Shivaratri. It is the special night for purifying
your thoughts, for empowering your goals and most of all attaining Lord Shiva's grace to lead trouble-free and
peaceful life. It is considered to be the most holy night of the year and is observed as both a discipline and
To remedy the effects of karma and to receive grace of God, a strict fast and an all-night vigil is kept
along with meditating on the Lord, chanting His 1008 names, singing His praise, and performing Abhishekam, or
the ritual bath, to the Shiva Lingam.
Chant the powerful Mantra for accelerated lifetime materializations:
"Om Namah Shivaya"
This most powerful mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" represents the principles that govern each of the first six
chakras on the spine and also it evolves the power of Pancha Bootha "Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space". "Na"
denotes the gross body (annamayakosa), "Ma" denotes the pranic body (pranamayakosa), "Shi" denotes the mental
body (manonmayakosa), "Va" denotes the intellectual body (vignanamayakosa) and "Ya" denotes the blissful body
(anandamayakosa) and "OM" or the "silence" beyond these syllables denotes the soul or life within. This mantra
will enlighten the path of subtle development of spiritual attainments.