Maha Shivaratri | Celebrating Lord Shiva

 Maha Shivaratri also known as Shivaratri is a popular Hindu festival celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva, one of the Trimurtis in Hinduism. This year, the auspicious day is today, February 20, 2012 and Hindus and Devotees of Lord Shiva worldwide celebrate Him.

Maha Shivaratri means “The Night of Shiva”. Lord Shiva was married to Parvati on this day. This is the night when Shiva is said to have performed the Tandava or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. There are numerous legends recorded on this great occasion.  

Am at the temple as I write this and I just can’t keep the feeling and vibration all to myself. The worship begun early this morning and it ends the next morning. The first worship, Linga worship is on going. The recitation of mantras(prayers) echoes through the temple. The vibration is awesome. “Om Namah Shivaya" both the young and old are actively chanting this whiles the main worship is on going. The excitement and happiness on devotees faces can be felt.

All is to be pure and holy this day. See all as one, stay pure and offer a helping hand to one. Be a sacrifice to another. Don’t conceive evil against any creature.

The temple is nicely lit with lamps and decorated with flowers and sandalwood is all over in the air. Wow! Most devotees entered the temple with gifts to the Lord. Can’t wait for Puja(singing melodies to the Lord). 

In Ghana, Maha Shivaratri is being celebrated in five temples across the country: Accra, Tema, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Ashanti Mampong.

Hold your palms together and say to a friend ‘Namaste’.

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