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Hindus To Remember Lord Shiva Tonight

Hindus around the country will be celebrating Maha Shivaratri tonight. This annual celebration is in honour of Lord Shiva, meaning the The Auspicious One or the Great God. There are
07 Mar 2016 10:45
Hindus To Remember Lord Shiva Tonight
An artist’s impression of Lord Shiva.

Hindus around the country will be celebrating Maha Shivaratri tonight.

This annual celebration is in honour of Lord Shiva, meaning the The Auspicious One or the Great God.

There are many reasons Hindus celebrate this festival.

Legend tells us of a Samudra Manthan (Shiva), who saved the world.

It was told that the disastrous effects of a poison which emerged as a byproduct of the churning of the sea (Samudra manthan) was released.

Lord Shiva, in a courageous  act, consumed the poison.

He did so with his Yogic powers. The poison, as the story goes did not penetrate down his throat but instead remained there and as a result his neck turned blue.

And that is why he is also known as Neela Kantha or The Blue Throated.

Lord Shiva, as legend continues, married Goddess Parvati, known as the godess of love, fertility and devotion.

Another legend says Lord Shiva created the first Linga, a totem that represents energy and strength.

And so the celebration of this Hindu god began. Maha Shivaratri also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the ‘tandava’, a cosmic dance.

Shree Sanatam Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji national president Sarju Prasad said: “Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month Maagha as per Amavasya-ant month calculation.

“The important features of this religious function are rigid fasting for twenty-four hours and sleepless vigil during the night,” he said.

“The worship of Lord Shiva consists of offering flowers, bael leaves and other gifts on the Linga which is a symbol of Lord Shiva, and bathing it with milk, honey, butter, ghee and rosewater.

“Devotees chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, the sacred mantra of Shiva,” he said.

The Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, director, Kishan Lal Kanojia has wished everyone a happy Shivaratri.

He has also reminded followers to remember Cyclone Winston victims in these testing times.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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