Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hindu Calendar: Thursday February 11th 2010 - Maha Shiv Ratri

Namaste, Hari Om,

Why is this day important: "On the auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandava'. It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Ma. On this day Shiva devotees observe fast and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Linga."  Source: http://www.mahashivratri.org/

" Shivaratri Pooja has been given tremendous significance in Hindu mythology. It is said that ritual worship of Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri day pleases Lord Shiva the most. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shankara on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation." Source: http://www.mahashivratri.org/shivaratri-pooja.html

What should I do: Fasting on this day (Whole day is reccomended) - but do it to your best ability and with love. Also if possible, drink only Milk that day. Also, click here for a guide on what to do, its a quick refrence. For a full guide on Shiva Puja, especially for this day along with mantras and songs (for Lingam worship) click here for the Swaha International Guide to Shiva Puja.

This special date needs no introduction as its one of the major days in the Hindu calendar. Shiv Ratri is a most auspiscious day for Hindu devotees globally, its a day when Lord Shiva offers great blessings on to his devotees.  Chanting either 108 names, or 1008 names of Lord Shiva will provide blessings. Mahashaktimaya is one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva, Mahashaktimaya means one with boundless energies. Lord Shiva can bestow great blessings, he is easily pleased by those who perform tapasya (spritual sacrifices, i.e. fasting, or performing repititions of his name etc..). Shiva Ji is also known as Hara, remover of Sins, he can ease our negative karmas to make life pleasent.

People of all backgrounds can perform this special worship,

The date is Feb 11th 2010, some say its Feb 12th as well, but check with your local Mandir/pundit/swami as the time zones are different. For US Eastern time its Feb 11th.

I posted below on Shiva Ji, but the book at this link here contains great info on Shiv Ratri, please read - again thanks to Swaha International.

Also in the very same book, you will find how to do puja for Shiva Ji, please read through its very helpful and will make the best out of this day for you.

Also, click here to download Shiva Bhajans specially selected for this day!

Jai Shiva Shankar!
Har Har Maha Dev!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Lord Shiva: Shiva Upaasanaa (A Guide to Shiva Worship) - (From SwahaInternational.org)

Namaste, Hari Om,

Great guide on Shiva Worship with great explanations about Lord Shiva and the reasons behind many meanings.

In Hinduism, we should always dig deeper to find out reasons why we do things and how we can do things to better ourselves - to feel good, and live happier. This way we will do things with meaning and feel better for doing it. We are very lucky to have such great organizations around the world to help us fill the knowledge gaps. One of those organizations is Swaha International.

Please read the small book below on Shiva Upaasanaa (its an interactive book), a guide to Shiva Worship - This will explain many details and provide a great impact for you during this period of Mahaa Shivratri, Jai Shiva Shankar!! Har Har Mahadev!

A full preview of the book is embedded below (Flash Player required). 
Source and more meanings on the book, click Here: Swaha International

Note: Click the picture below to start full screen reading mode:

Lord Shiva: "Maha Mrityunjay Mantra" also known as; Tryambhakam Mantra

Namaste, Hari Om,

Since Maha Shivratri is nearing thought this would be a great time to post some great articles about Lord Shiva. Wanted to start with a great posting, Tryambhakam Mantra. Its a favored mantra of Lord Shiva, and its chanting (repeating) will please Lord Shiva very well.

Below words come from a great site on Maha Shivratri, http://www.mahashivratri.org/;

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra

The Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is considered extremely powerful and significant by the Hindus. Also known as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to create divine vibrations that heals. Devotees of Lord Shiva further believe that Maha Mrityunjay evokes the Shiva within human beings and removes the fear of death, liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Significance of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Devotees strongly believe that proper recitation of the Maha Mrityunjaya rejuvenates, bestows health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It is said that chanting of Shiva Mantra generates divine vibrations that ward off all the negative and evil forces and creates a powerful protective shield. Besides, it is said to protect the one who chants against accidents and misfortunes of every kind. Recitation of the mantra creates vibration that pulsates through every cell, every molecule of human body and tears away the veil of ignorance. Hindus believe that recitation of the mantra ignites a fire within that consumes all negativity and purifies entire system. It is also said to have a strong healing power and can cure diseases declared incurable even by the doctors. Many believe Maha Mrityunjay Mantra to be a mantra that can conquer death and connect human beings to their own inner divinity.

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The following Maha Mrityunjay Mantra has been taken from the Sukla Yajurveda Samhita III. 60. The Mantra is addressed to Lord Shiva and is a centuries old technique of connecting one to pure consciousness and bliss.

Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat


Om. We worship The Three-Eyed Lord Shiva who is fragrant and who increasingly nourishes the devotees. Worshipping him may we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality just as the ripe cucumber easily separates itself from the binding stalk.


The mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiva who is addressed as Sankara and Trayambaka. Sankara is sana (blessings) and Kara (the Giver). Trayambaka is the three eyed one (where the third eye signifies the giver of knowledge, which destroys ignorance and releases us from the cycle of death and rebirth).

Best Time to Chant

Chanting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra with sincerity, faith and devotion in Bramha Muhurata is very beneficial. But one can also do Maha Mrityunjaya japa anytime in a pure environment with great benefit and discover the happiness that's already within.
Further to the above, another great explantation from Swamij.com with 108 repititions of the mantra.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (maha-mrityun-jaya) is one of the more potent of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Maha mrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and is a practice of purifying the karmas of the soul at a deep level. It is also said to be quite beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health.

AUM/OM: Absolute reality. That which encompasses the three states of waking, dreaming, deep sleep, represented by AUM, the three levels of gross, subtle, causal, the three levels of conscious, unconscious, subconscious, and the three universal processes of coming, being, and going. Absolute silence beyond the three levels is the silence after AUM.

Tryambakam: Trya means three. Ambakam means eyes. It means the three eyes of the Absolute, which are the processes of creation, existence, and dissolution, as well as the other triads, which are part of AUM. The three "eyes" means experiencing these three stages and triads at one time, from the higher, all pervasive vantage point of the Absolute.

Yajamahe: We rejoice in meditation on all of this.
Sugandhim: Means fragrance. Like a spreading fragrance, all of this permeates the whole of existence, while at the same time being that existence

Pushtivardhanam: Means that which sustains and nourishes all. Thus, the fragrance that permeates all is the sustainer of all beings, while also the essence of all beings.

Urvarukamiva: Urva means big and powerful. Arukam means disease, like the spiritual diseases of ignorance and untruth, which are like the death of Wisdom or Truth.

Bandhanan: Means bound down, as in bound down to the ignorance and untruth.
Mrityor: Means ignorance and untruth.
Mukshiya: Means liberation from the cycles of physical, mental, and spiritual death.
Maamritat: Means please give me rejuvenating nectar, so as to have this liberation, like the process of severing the cucumber from the creeping vine.



Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 108 times (WITH MEANING) By Shankar Sahney www.mahamrityunjaya.com

Jai Shiva Shankar,

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hindu Calendar: February 2, 2010 - Angarak Sankasti Chaturthi (Chowth)

Namaste, HariOm,

This is another great day, it takes place everymonth in the Hindu Calendar, please read below. Its in regards to Lord Ganesh as this day is great for praising Lord Ganesh to help us to remove obstacles.

Below article found on Hindu-Blog.

"Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu calendar. In 2010, there is an Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi on February 2. Angaraki Chaturthi is observed when the monthly Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday. The day is then considered highly auspicious. Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is observed on the fourth day during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) or fourth day after the full moon.

Angarak, or Angaraka, means fire and the name because Tuesday or Mangalwar is governed by Hindu God Mangal.

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is from sunrise up to the sighting of moon in the evening. Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is also known as Sankatahara Chaturthi.

The importance of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

It is widely believed by Lord Ganesha devotees that observing Sankashti Chaturthi will bring material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires.

There is a huge rush in temples dedicated to Lord Ganesh on Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi, especially in Maharashtra." - Hindu-Blog.com
Also, more info on Lord Ganesh Here.