Maha Shivaratri 2018

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 08:00 h
to Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 08:00 h
Shree Peetha Nilaya – Bhakti Marga Centre and Ashram
Am Geisberg 1-8
65321 Heidenrod Springen
Germany
Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
Sponsor Shivaratri (see below)
Registration is closed.

Description

'What is Shivaratri? Actually, Shivaratri is when you forget about your mind and let your mind dwell only on the Divine. That's what Shivaratri is - it is uplifting you and really awakening what is deep inside of you.'

Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda

Join us for an all-night event dedicated to the Lord of Destruction - Lord Shiva!

Maha Shivaratri is the most auspicious night of the entire year to worship Lord Shiva, the Destroyer aspect of the Hindu trinity.

Of the many traditions that teach about the origin of Maha Shivaratri is the story of the Churning of the Milky Ocean. As the devas and asuras began to churn, the deadly poison 'halahala', emerged from the ocean and threatened to destroy the world. At the behest of Lord Narayan, the devas and asuras pleaded Lord Shiva to solve this situation, to which Lord Shiva swallowed the poison and kept it in His neck. The presence of the poison turned His neck blue, thus the name, 'Neela Kantha' refers to Lord Shiva as the 'blue throated one'. On Maha Shivaratri, we commerate this act and also venerate the marriage day between Lord Shiva and His consort, Parvati Devi. 

Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda celebrating Maha Shivaratri, praying to the Shiva Lingam through ceremonies like abhishekam to Lord Mahadev.

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Throughout the entire night until the next morning, there will be 4 abhishekam ceremonies will be conducted to the Mrityum Bhageshwar Shiva Lingam, the Shiva Lingam at Shree Peetha Nilaya that has been blessed by Mahavatar Babaji. Accompanying the ceremonies will be lively music (Kirtan & Bhajans) and dancing throughout the entire night dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

Sponsoring Maha Shivaratri Puja

You can sponsor the Maha Shivaratri Prayers.  500€ covers all the costs for the event: flowers, prasad, puja items, etc., but you can be also part of the night with 100€, 200€, etc., too.
If you are interested, please contact Swami Anashuya (E-mail:anashuya [at] bm365.org or telegram +491783204820) and either make a payment via cash directly in an envelope or make a bank transfer titled "Maha Shivaratri Puja Sponsorship" and send it to the following account: 

Bhakti Marga Orden Deutschland e.V. / IBAN: DE53 5005 0201 0200 3000 16 / BIC: HELADEF 1822

Bank: Frankfurter Sparkasse, Neue Mainzer Str. 47 - 53, 60311 Frankfurt am Main (Please send a receipt of this kind of payment to anashuya [at] bm365.org)

If you are here at Shree Peetha Nilaya, you can pay by cash. Put your sponsorship amount in an envelope and bring it to the Registration desk. Please include a note inside with:
Your Name, Your Spiritual Name and your country.

Thank You.

Maha Shivaratri Night - Detailed Schedule & Information

Important Rules - Please keep in mind when coming in front to offer Bilva leaves, pour water and give donation:
- Every round, a different band colour can sit inside the hall, but everybody will be called by us for offering during each round
- Please use only your right hand for offering, and place the leaves upside-down on the lingam
- Women please cover your head
- If you have your menstruation, please do not come in front near the altar (you will not be able to offer Bilva leaves or water)
- Be as fast as possible – several people will pour water at the same time 

18:00 – 21:00 
1st Abishekam - black band
Puja
Offering Bilva leaves, water and donation
Prasad distribution, Arati

21:00 – 24:00
2nd Abishekam - light blue band
Puja
Offering Bilva leaves, water and donation
Prasad distribution, Arati

24:00 – 03:00
3rd Abishekam - yellow band
Puja
Offering Bilva leaves, water and donation
Prasad distribution, Arati

03:00 – 07:00
4th Abishekam - pink band
Puja
Offering Bilva leaves, water and donation
Prasad distribution, Final Arati

Lord Shiva is also known as Mahadev, Bholenath, Nataraj, Neelakaantha, and many other names that glorify His Divine nature.

Place

Bhakti Marga has its headquarters at Shree Peetha Nilaya, meaning ‘Abode of the Maha Lakshmi’, the Divine Mother. It is located in the beautiful German countryside near Wiesbaden. Residents and guests come together every day to participate in special events, prayers, meditation, singing, seva, and to share their love of the Divine with one another.

Shree Peetha Nilaya - Bhakti Marga

In ancient times, yogis would receive Divine Inspiration through the connection to God in Nature. Shree Peetha Nilaya is such a place.

Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda

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Recommended Clothing

When coming for the event, please ensure that you are dressed accordingly. Women should wear saris or ankle length dresses/skirts. Men are asked to dress smartly or wear a dhoti and kurta. If the weather is cold make sure your clothing is warm.

Please Cancel Your Event if Find You Cannot Attend

Many times people are turned away from experiences with Paramahamsa Vishwananda because of the limited number we can accommodate. If you find you cannot make your reserved event, please be sure to cancel and make space for another to attend. 

Contact

If you have any questions about the event or registration, please contact us:
Phone: +49 (0) 6124 605 9000
Tuesday – Saturday: 14:00 – 17:00
Email: events [at] bhaktimarga.org