Maha Shivaratri the long journey of Shiva

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Maha Shivaratri the long journey of Shiva

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Hhivaratri lights at pashupathinath near Kathmandu, NepalShivaratri lights at Pashupathinath Temple near Kathmandu, Nepal photo: Mycoolclicks, ccbysa4.0

In Hindu religion every year`s Pisces New Moon is widely celebrated as Maha Shivaratri. The word “ratri” (journey) refers to Shiva`s journey through the long dark night and his dance of fertility, destruction and transformation. During the dark period around the New Moon in Kumbha Rasi (sidereal Aquarius) Sivaratri is celebrated for one night or in some case for several consecutive nights starting 2 days before the exact New Moon with the Shivaratri Pooja a ritual celebration carried out at a sacred temple shrine or other holy site. The dates for the next Shivaratri celebrations will be 13 Feb 2018 and 4 March 2019.

Mandi Shivaratri Fair photo; vinodbahal, ccbysa2.0Mandi Shivaratri Fair photo; vinodbahal, ccbysa2.0

In 2017 the official Shivaratri celebration will be held during the night of 24 Febuary. The exact New Moon will…

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