Masik Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Masik Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri)

Shivaratri is not just an ordinary festival, but a way to please Lord Shiva. Though the major Shivaratri comes once a year, but Masik (monthly) Shivaratri is being
observed every month. Read this article to unfold the answers.

Masik Shivaratri or monthly Shivaratri falls in every month on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha. Like Mahashivratri, Masik Shivaratri also holds immense importance for the Shiva devotees. This day is exclusively meant for worshiping and pleasing Lord Shiva. Here, in this article, we have come up with all information i.e. dates of each Masik Shivaratri for the year 2016..

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Masik Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Why is Shivaratri Celebrated?

Each Hindu festival is associated with many beliefs and mythologies, so is the holy day of Shivaratri. One belief says that Shivaratri is celebrated to commemorate the day when Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison, which came out during Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) Whereas, according to another belief, it is the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.


Let’s know the legend of Samudra Manthan in detail.
The legend of Samudra Manthan is the reason as to why Shivaratri is celebrated. It is said that once the devas (Gods) and asuras (devils) were churning the ocean of milk. During the churning process, several things came out of the ocean. Among all those things were a pot of poison. The poison had the potential to destroy the universe, which frightened the devas (Gods) and asuras (devils). To seek help, they ran to Lord Shiva, the Lord of destruction. Lord Shiva, in order to save the universe from the deadly effect of poison, swallowed it 
but held it in His throat. This act resulted in Lord Shiva’s throat turning blue, for which he earned the name ‘Nilkantha’. To celebrate this event of Lord Shiva, Shivaratri is celebrated.

Masik Shivaratri Significance For Women

Throughout the country, the occasion of Shivaratri holds prime importance for the married women as well as young girls. On this day, women observe fast and worship Lord Shiva for the welfare of their husband and sons. Unmarried girls on the other hand observe fast and pray to Lord Shiva for a right match.

 

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UNRECOGNIZED WONDERS OF INDIA–Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

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India is a vast country, with diverse cultures and ancient civilization. There are a number of religious groups residing in India. In India we find the oldest pilgrimage tradition in the whole world. The practice of pilgrimage in India is so deeply embedded in the cultural psyche and the number of pilgrimage sites is so large that the entire subcontinent may actually be regarded as one grand and continuous sacred place. The earliest sources of information on the matter of sacred space come from the Rig Veda and the Atharva Veda.There are seven wonders in the world, but india has its own unique wonders which cannot be found anywhere in world.
In India there exist many ignorant pilgrim who have  significance which people still dont know their name.But these places itself have Divinity and supernatural importance. One such unknown unrecognised pilgrim is TUA or TUA-TIMBA. This place is located about 18 to 20 km from godhra . It is almost 100-110 km from Ahmedabad.tua timbaThere are in total 120 kunds or spring. You may find here Kunds of cold water, Mild water, more than mild and Hot water. The water from these  springs is believed to have healing properties. Here you will find  Hot water sulphuric springs, .kunds are  believed to have a miraculous cure for arthritis and rheumatism.Hundreds of people visit here daily in hopes to cure their health problems and bath in Holy water. The water from these kunds also have significance of curing various skin diseases.
Tua Timba is a religious landmark area from the ancient period of Mahabharata. Where it was believed that during vanvasa or exile Pandav brothers bathed here. Pandavas worshipped Lord Shiva over here and Bhima and Hidamba's marriage was also performed over here. Footprint of Bhima can be found, which is also known as 'BHIM NA PAGLAA'.bhim na paglaimage from source.
Also a significant incident from Ramayana, stetes that, during Exile when Lord Rama visited TUA, a sage doing deep penance prayed Lord Rama," I am suffering from skin diseases, give me blessings O Lord, that i should be free from diseases and become healthy". It is believed that mostly people over there suffered from skin diseases.  Hence hearing devotees plea, Lord Rama evaluated these springs, with one of his magnificient arrow.tua2Every year TUA has more than onelakh people visiting , and taking bath. but the water level never changes , it remains the same. Even scientists have conducted many researches, to know the originating source of water, but did not succeed.The water level remains the same, no clues of originating source found till date.The mystical secret still remains the same.
pachmarhiSimilarly, Pachmarhi a tourism placce, has spiritual significance.A natural shivling is found in a cave over there, with water from an unknown resource falling over it continuously day and night.The falling water has resulted in the formation of river stream flowing with water upto the knees. You have to cross the river and approach the cave. Every year thousands of people visit here to take bath in the holy water. .Scientists found no clue about the resource on their experiments over here.The water level remains constant and no difference can be found.Is that not a miracle ?
In overseas Elephant caves are famous because of their size like an elephant. In India a place famous for its culture,tradition, history many such rocks can be found having spiritual significance and having size like elephants. Infact every stone or pebble found in river Narmada is believed to be a Shivling or Shaligram. Every nation has got its significant identity or famous places to be called upon,for  example, Great wall of China, some have dollars , some have petroleum,other tourist places etc. But India is famous for its objects, traditions, culture, places, atmosphere, divinity, sages etc and  many more which are uncountable,beyond imagination and cannot be found anywhere in the whole world.In India, holistic living is a way of life. People inherently understand the balance of nature, the ways of the Universe and how the elements affect not just their physical health, but their mental well-being .Even Indian gods, sages and people like Pandavs had enough power to create water sources at same place with different temperatures and having significance to cure diseases. Hence its clear that humans can derive the divine powers from nature , if themselves  are divine.
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Shivling puja – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Shivling pujan titleWorship of Lord Shiva removes distress and poverty, grants learning and wealth, bestows all desires. It also gives the devotee transcendental knowledge, by elevating the power of thought and en-kindling the light of discrimination.(sc)

Lord Shiva is the unchanging consciousness or the soul in man. Parvati is the maya sakthi or the illusive power that appears as mind and matter.Syllable `sh’ means permanent bliss, `I’ stands for male energy, `va’ stands for female energy.(sc)

Vedas declare that worshiping Shiva in the linga form helps one gain highest merit in this life and in the future lifetimes. Accumulated sins of many lifetimes get washed away by sincere devotion and prayers to the lord.(sc)

It is said that nothing is as holy as Shiva puja.Shivling and shivpuja connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. The linga is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the linga puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Linga thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Linga puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that they are part of the Supreme Being.(sc)

Before starting the Puja, the devotee takes a bath and wear freshly washed clothes. Hymns praising Lord Shiva or the mantra ‘om namaha shivayaa’ are repeated to create a mood for worship. Then, the devotee sits in front of the linga and blows conch or ring bells. This indicates the beginning of the Puja.(sc)
The shivling should be first offered Panchamrit, which is a mixture of milk, ganga jal, saffron, sugar/honey and water.First it is the panchamrit abhishek – the libation of five holy liquids over the linga. The libation can consist of any five of the following – water from river Ganga, honey, sugarcane juice, milk, yogurt, ghee, seawater, coconut water or milk, fragrant oils, rose water or other precious liquids. Usually, only milk of cow is used. While pouring the liquid, om namah shivaya is uttered. Some devotees utter the Lord’s name 108 times and some 1008 times. (sc)
After the panchamrit abhishek, the linga is cleaned with water from Ganga. (This is might not be possible always so just normal water.) After this the linga is smeared with sandalwood paste and is decked with flowers. Water and sandalwood paste is used to keep the linga cool, as Lord Shiva is always in a highly inflammable state. In some Shiva temples, cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Linga.(sc)
Next, sweets, coconut and fruits are offered to the Lord. Camphor and incense are lit and ‘arati’ is conducted. Some devotees fan the linga and sing praises of the lord.(sc)
Finally, ringing of bells or blowing of conch indicates the end of Puja. White ash (vibhuti) is rubbed on the forehead and it is also distributed. Fruits, sweets and coconut are distributed as ‘prasad.’(sc)
The main importance of  Shivalinga are as follows –
1-  Shivaling is god shiva himself. Worshipping Daily and offering Bel   leaves,Pushpa(flower) and snan ,Pleases and makes mahadev(god shiva) happy.(sc)
2 –  Shivaling is supreme god of universe,all god and goddess worship god shiva  to please god shiva,there is no difference between god shiva and shivling.(sc)
3 – Any one who worship god shiva in Shivaling form attains importance of life,hence one will attains good health.(sc)
4- Shivaling worship in home and temple daily attains prosperity,good health and there is residential of all god/goddess in that bless home.(sc)
5 – Shivaling is only Supreme god of universe,who wash and removes all sin and mistake done in past,present life.We should make happy god shiva by chanting god shiva different mantra,offering daily flower to god shiva in temple.(sc)
6- Worshipping Shivaling in home and establishing in temple helps to attains mukti/Moksha(Salvation) ,one will attains free from life cycle of trouble who even  do darshan god shiva as Shivaling form.(sc)
Never use a kumkum tilak for the shivling, although the devotees can use it for the idols of goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha.(sc)
One enjoys good fortune of Shiva Yoga in a horoscope, when the lord of the 10th house is in the 5th house, the lord of the 9th house is in the 10th house, and the lord of the 5th house is in the 9th house. Due to this yoga, the native would be a commander of armies or enjoy high position, a big business magnate and also possess divine wisdom.One attracts victory in endeavors when Shiva is worshipped on Arudra nakshatr.(sc)
Mondays in the month are auspicious to worship Lord Shiva.Mondays in the month of Karthik (mid Nov- mid Dec) and in the month of Shravan (mid July – Mid August) are auspicious to worship Lord Shiva.Women pray to Shiva for welfare of their husbands and sons.(sc)