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February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 25, 2017 @ 3:30 am EST
MahaShivratri 2017 will be celebrated at various temples and meditation centers everywhere.
At Hindu Devotional Society Temple in LaSalle
This Shiva Lingam Is one of the largest in the world. Located at Kotilingeshwara, near Bangalore India.
In preparation for Shiva Raatri Offerings on Friday February 24th. Here is a suggested list of ingredients…
1. Parsaad (MohanBhog)
4. Chipped Sugar Cane Pieces
5. Sugar Cane Juice
6. Dahee (Plain Yogurt)
10. Coconut Water
11. Dried, Unhusked Coconut
12. Bailwa Patra (Bail Leaves)
13. White Chandan
14. Janeu (White Thread)
15. Perfume ( Khus Khus)
16. Agarbati (Incense)
18. Sindur, Saffron
19. Paan Leaves
21. Madaar Flowers ( White or Purple) if possible
22. Dhatoor (Dhatura) Flowers – white or purple if possible
These are at a minimum for a complete offering to Bholenath…..
The most powerful and beneficial mantra used to glorify Shiva Shambhu is called : The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.
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.
At Hindu Mission of Canada in Montreal, Quebec at 955 Bellchasse, Montreal
The abhishekam / celebrations will start in the evening at 6:00pm and will continue till about 11pm.
At the Hindu Mandir at 50 Kesmark, DDO, Montreal
Call the temple.
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