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 possible.

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?

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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 knowledge.

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 devotees.

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 form.

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!