….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
Om namah Shivaya….Have a Joyous Shivaratri to all my Hindu friends around the world. ♥
My memory of Shivaratri is closely linked to the sounds of virtuosos playing their Sitars under the Full Moon in the courtyard of Pashupatinath, while we sat all night in meditative revelry under the old tree:
I remebered of Maha Shivaratri when my Hindu friends from around the world send this to one another as a celebratory card.
I ♥ Shivaratri in Nepal at the Pashupatinath Temple….with the all night sitar concert under the old tree in the old courtyard @Pashupatinath under the Full Moon. Beautiful!
Everyone who has been to Pashupathinath has seen the Burning ghat, the bodies being cremated in open fires and on the night of Shivaratri, the place is full of Sadhus in their traditional attires performing rites of Dionysian enchanted Revelry.
It is the one time in the year where the use of cannibis to induce transendental vision is celebrated (it is distinguishable from traditional substance abuse and Shivaratri should not be used as a justification of drug addiction, this is very clearly stated in the Hindu Patheon of spiritual writers and Vedic commentators but unfortunately many ignorant western tourists still fail to understand this spiritual distinction).
However not many know about the all night congregation of some of Nepal AND India’s best Sitar players (each are legend and virtuoso of the divine instrument) under the tree of the small courtyard, up a long flight of stairs on the side of the mountain.
So while many tour the Charnel Ground at night, for years from midnight to about 3am in the morning, I would go with friends to attend the enchanted all night sitar concert under the full moon light.
The sound of sitar played by virtuosos in such an incredible, intimate and artistic setting is what I associate with Shiva Ratri!
XXOO Om namah Shiva …../I\……. ♥ Namaste!
So as a way of saying thank you, I send you all on Shivaratri 2013, 108 names of Shiva
and a PDF of 1000 names of Lord Shiva and Shivaratri! Om Namah Shiva ya! Enjoy!
Click here for Babaji Nagaraj’s PDF of 1000 names of Shiva
What is Maha Shivaratri?
Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is also known as padmarajarathri. Alternate common names/spellings include Maha Sivaratri, Shivaratri, Sivarathri, and Shivaratri. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha month of the Hindu calendar.
All through the day the devotees, chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra dedicated to Lord “Om Namah Shivaya”. In accordance with scriptural and discipleship traditions, penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach life’s summum bonum steadily and swiftly.
Where is Pashupatinath?
Pashupatinath Temple (Nepali: पशुपतिनाथको मन्दिर) is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple served as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
During the Shivaratri (also spelled Shivratri) festival Pashupatinath temple is lit with ghee lamps throughout the night and the temple remains open all night. Thousands of devotees take ritual baths in the Bagmati river on the day of the festival and observe a fast for the whole day. Hundreds of sadhus (sages) from different parts of Nepal and India come here on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
Cecilia is a Hong Kong Chinese-Australian Social Entreprneur, Artist, Directors of NGO in Africa, South Ameria, Asia and California who really really likes to "tell it how it is", having travelled to over 40 countries around the world & seen some interesting things every so often.
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