Om Namah Sivaya! Please join us at the Sri Rajarajeswari Peetam as we worship Lord Siva during the divine Maha Sivaratri Mahotsavam. The program will start at 8PM on Friday, Feb 24, with Sri Siva Kalasa Puja.
This year we will perform Sri Rudra Ekadasi as well as the most auspicious “Sahasra Lingarchana Puja,” in which 1,116 pure sphatika lingas are arranged in the Sahasra Linga formation. This powerful puja channels and invokes the full energy of Sri Kailasa itself, Lord Siva’s divine abode.
Following Kalasa Puja, Homam, Abhishekam and Alankaram, eleven different Sivalingas will be established and worshiped throughout the night. (For sponsorship information, please see below.)
True to our Temple tradition, everyone who comes will have the chance to participate in the Sivalinga worship at least once during the night.
All present will also have the chance to offer the sacred bilva leaves to Lord Siva. Bilva leaves contain trace amounts of mercury, and this is one reason why it is so auspicious to offer the leaves to Lord Siva.
In order to fulfill the sacred Maha Sivaratri vratam, worship will be performed in all four quarters of the night, and the program will conclude just after sunrise on Saturday, Feb 25. After a break, the Saturday Homa and Abhishekam Program will start by 9:30 AM.
Spiritual Significance of Maha Sivaratri
For devotees of Lord Siva, Maha Sivaratri is the most sacred night of the year. Sri Chaitanyananda (Aiya) has said that on this night, all the granthis, or knots, in the sushumna nadi are completely open and ready to receive divine energy. Normally they are closed and do not allow too much energy to enter, but when they open on this powerful night, a tremendous flood of spiritual energy and blessings comes into our minds, our hearts and our lives.
Devotees around the world take this rare opportunity to meditate, chant holy mantras, and worship Lord Siva for peace, healing and every auspicious blessing. At the Sri Vidya Temple, worship will be offered to Lord Siva during the entire night, with the chanting of the most auspicious Sri Rudram.
Puja will be offered to the main lapis lazuli Siva Lingam as well as the other ten special types of Siva Lingas. Each type of lingam generates a particular spiritual energy and provides a special blessing through Lord Siva’s loving grace. When they are all worshipped together, a rare energy floods the entire atmosphere, filling all the devotees with the golden light of Lord Siva’s pure consciousness and radiant sakti.
The worship of Lord Siva removes karma, purifies the mind, and brings the blessings of excellent health, peace of mind, inner purity, and deep meditation.
Special Kalasa Participation Sponsorship Available
If you are interested in sponsoring Sivaratri, we suggest that you do so early; you can sponsor online or call the Temple ahead of time. In addition to the usual Sivaratri Sankalpam Sponsorship, devotees may also sign up to participate in the Siva Kalasa Puja Friday evening. Availability is limited, so if you are interested, please call the Temple (585-533-1970) as soon as possible for more information. Please try to call Mon – Sat, 9AM – 2:30PM.
Suggested Dress Code
In honor of the sacredness of Maha Sivaratri, it’s recommended that all devotees wear traditional clothes: veshti with angavastram or kurta pajama, and sari or half-sari. Ideally, the clothes would be cotton or silk and in auspicious colors (not black). Some of the most auspicious colors include white, gold, sandalwood tan, emerald green, turquoise, red, etc. Black is not considered auspicious for pujas or homas because it attracts a different kind of energy.
Wearing auspicious clothes along with rudraksha, vibhuti and kumkumam prepares the mind and body to worship Lord Siva and receive the maximum blessings on this most holy of nights.