Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mahashivaratri - A Hindu Sacred Day and Festival

This it is celebrated on 23 February 2009.
 
It is celebrated every year on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna.
 
Celebrations are held in Shiva temples all over the country.
 
People fast throughout the day and ritual prayers are conducted in temples at night.
 
 
 

नागेन्द्रहराय त्रिलोचनाय, भस्मागरागाय महेश्वराय
नित्याय शुध्धाय दिगम्बराय, तस्मै '' काराय नमः शिवाय


मंदाकिनीसलिलचन्दनचर्चिताय, नन्दीश्वर प्रमथनाथ महेश्वराय
मन्दारपुष्प बहुपुष्पसुपुजिताय, तस्मै '' काराय नमः शिवाय


शिवाय गौरीवदनाब्जवृद सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय
श्री नीलकण्ठाय वृषध्वजाय, तस्मै 'शि' काराय नमः शिवाय


वसिष्ठकूम्भोद्भव गौतमार्य, मुनीन्द्र देवार्चिशेखराय
चन्द्रार्क वैश्वानरलोचनाय, तस्मै 'वा' काराय नमः शिवाय


यक्षस्वरुपाय जटाधराय, पिनाकहस्ताय सनातनाय
दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय. तस्मै '' काराय नमः शिवाय


पंचाक्षरमिदं, पुण्यं, यः पठेच्छिवासन्निधौ
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते

 

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12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva - Eswara

 
Visweswara 
Kashi
(Uttar pradesh)
 
Rameswaram
(Tamil nadu)
 
 
Mallikarjuna swamy
Srisailam
(Andhra pradesh)
 
Vaidyanath
(Bihar)
 
Nageshwar
(Gujarat)
 
Somnath
(Gujarat)
 
Mahakaleshwar
Ujjain
(Madhya pradesh)
 
Omkareshwar
(Madhya pradesh)
 
Bhimashankar
(Maharashtra)
 
Ghushmeshwar
(Maharashtra)
 
Trimbakeshwar
(Maharashtra)
 
Kedarnath
(Uttara khand)
 
 
 
Srisailam
 
The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. This celebrated mountain is also named as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam. It has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries.

The prominence of this Divya Kshetram is highlighted by the fact that while performing our daily household rituals we specify place of location of our existence with reference to Srisailam.

The presiding Deities of this kshetram Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind.

There is a common belief in vogue that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial. The antiquity and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not known.
 

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