This year, On March 2, 2011, an auspicious festival of Mahasivartri was celebrated in honor of Hindu Lord Shiva across the India. 03/03/2011
This year, On March 2, 2011, auspicious festival of Mahasivartri was celebrated in honor of Hindu Lord Shiva across the India.
A priest of Baba (Siva) Temple Chaibasa, Pandit Raju Ji Said, “Mahasivaratri falls on 13th or 14th nights of new moon during Krishna Paksha in Hindu month of Phalguna”. The English term for Krishna paksha is the period of waning of moon whereas February- March is for Phalguna.
There are many legends associates with Festival of Mahashivaratri. The popular mythology suggests that Mahasivaratri was the day for wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (Shkati).
Shiva is the ultimate power of destroyer of the universe whereas Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver in Hindu mythology.
Like every year across India, Celebration of festival Mahashivaratri began with various rituals in Chaibasa city. Devotees took bath in the morning and visited to Shiva Temple to perform worship of Shiva Lingam and yoni.
The Sanskrit word Lingam means signs which represent the male creative energy (Lord Shiva) whereas Yoni represents female creativity (Goddess Shakti).
Devotees gave a ritual bath with milk, honey, ghee, sugar and yoghurt to Shiva Lingam. They offered also vermilion, flower, Vine and betel leafs as per Hindu tradition. All Shiva temples were echoing with chanting of “Om Namah Shiva” and sound of bell in this auspicious festival of Mahasivartri A large number of women devotee flocked in the temples for performing Worship. Married woman worship Shiva for happiness and prosperity of their marriage life whereas unmarried are for perspective ideal husband as per rituals. Some devotees visit temple for spiritual growth in this auspicious day.
According to chief committee member of Shivalya temple, Mr. Jaysankar Gupta, an amazing- dummy Baraat (Bridegroom’ wedding procession) have been organizing by the committee since 1975, in Chaibasa city. Local artists dress in as Lord Shiva and Parvati took part in procession along with imitator ghost and devotees. The holly books suggest, the Lord Shiva loves each creature of universe. That is why; Spectators can see even imitator ghost at Bridegroom’ wedding procession of Lord Shiva.
The Baraat, then, moved to wedding ceremony venue, The Sidheswar temple, Nimdihi. A large number of devotees, spectators and committee member of other local Shiva temple Rungta square of city in this wedding procession of Lord Shiva.
The marriage customs of lord Siva and Goddess Parvati completed at mid night in according to Vedic ritual.