Maha Shivaratri -- the night of Lord Shiva
The night dedicated to Lord Shiva
Type of Event
- General Event
from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning. Come for as long or short a time as you want, or make it an all-night offering to Shiva
"Mahaa Shivaratri" means "the great night of Lord Shiva" and is the appointed astrological time to be immersed in the contemplation and worship of Lord Shiva. The energy of this night makes it particularly auspicious and appropriate to be dedicated to Shiva, the form of the Divine that destroys obstacles, loosens bonds and brings Spiritual Realization to completion. The Hindu Scriptures declare that anyone who observes the worship on this night will receive a direct blessing and uplift from Shiva Himself.
The night-long puja (worship) will be led by Acharya Mangalananda, a direct American disciple of the great woman Saint, Sri Anandamayi Ma. He has observed this yearly worship for many years and will lead the simple offerings and chanting, also sharing his experiences of visiting many of the ancient, sacred Shiva shrines throughout India. The night will pass in heartfelt offerings, chanting, reading of Scriptures and stories.